Wednesday, 18th June
Cameroon and Croatia meet for the first time in international
This is Cameroon's 7th World Cup Finals appearance and Croatia's
Croatia welcomed Mario Mandzukic back, after his suspension for
the opening game, and he duly scored a brace.
Ivica Olic put Croatia ahead in the eleventh minute as the Europeans banished memories of
a perceived injustice in their Brazil match.
Cameroon's molehill challenge became a mountain to climb when they
were reduced to ten men with more than half the game still to play.
minutes before the break, Alex Song became the third player to be sent off during the 2014
World Cup Finals.
Half-time: Cameroon 0 - Croatia 1
Three minutes after the break, Ivan Perisic added a goal to his earlier assist.
Mario Mandzukic rose to head in Darijo Srna's free-kick, just after the hour, as Croatia
slipped into cruise control.
Mario Mandzukic's second goal, and Croatia's fourth, was a simple tap-in; after Charles
Itandje failed to hold substitute Eduardo's shot.
This crushing defeat meant Cameroon were out of the tournament and
Croatia were in a good position to progress, if they beat Mexico in the final Group A game.
A draw against Mexico would also be enough for Croatia, if Brazil were
to lose to Cameroon.
Final Score: Cameroon 0 - Croatia 4
0:1 - Ivica Olic (11 mins)
0:2 - Ivan Perisic (48 mins)
0:3 - Mario Mandzukic (61 mins)
0:4 - Mario Mandzukic (73 mins)
16-Charles Itandje, 17-Stephane Mbia, 14-Aurelien Chedjou, 3-Nicolas N'Koulou, 2-Benoit
Assou-Ekotto; 6-Alex Song, 21-Joel Matip, 18-Eyong Enoh; 13-Maxim Choupo-Moting;
10-Vincent Aboubakar; 8-Benjamin Moukandjo
1-Stipe Pletikosa; 11-Darijo Srna, 5-Vedran Corluka, 6-Dejan Lovren, 3-Danijel Pranjic;
10-Luka Modric, 7-Ivan Rakitic, 4-Ivan Perisic, 19-Sammir; 18-Ivica Olic, 17-Mario
Referee: Pedro Proenca - Portugal
40 mins - Alex Song (Cameroon)
1 yellow card:
90 mins - Eduardo (Croatia)
Brazil vs Mexico
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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