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Group Match

Group A

Travel to Croatia Croatia vs Travel to Mexico Mexico in Recife.

Match Preview

In the final Group A matches, Croatia take on Mexico in Recife while Cameroon play Brazil in Brasilia.

Croatia beat Mexico in two previous friendly matches: 3:0 in Zagreb (22/10/1992) and 2:1 in Seoul (16/06/1999) but Mexico won their last World Cup Finals encounter; (1:0) in Niigata, during the Group Stage of Korea-Japan 2002.

The Match

A draw would be enough for Mexico to progress to the Second Round.

Mexico's Giovani dos Santos crashed a shot against the bar in the first-half but otherwise there wasn't much to shout about.

Half-time: Croatia 0 - Mexico 1

Goalscorers 0:1
It took a while coming but the deadlock was finally broken by Mexico's captain, Rafael Marquez.

Goalscorers 0:2
Three minutes later, Andres Guardado doubled Mexico's lead.

Keep this up and Mexico could top the group; especially as Neymar was taken off, to protect him, in the other game.

Goalscorers 0:3
Javier Hernandez tried to head Mexico to the top of the group. Soon after he scored here, Brazil scored their fourth in Brasilia.

That's as good as the end for Croatia and Mexico are enjoying themselves.

Goalscorers 1:3
A consolation goal for Croatia, scored by Ivan Perisic, means Brazil will top the group.

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Final Score: Croatia 1 - Mexico 3
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Goalscorers:
0:1 - Rafael Marquez (72 mins)
0:2 - Andres Guardado (75 mins)
0:3 - Javier Hernandez (82 mins)
1:3 - Ivan Perisic (87 mins)

Teams

Travel to Croatia Croatia:
1-Stipe Pletikosa; 11-Darijo Srna, 5-Vedran Corluka, 6-Dejan Lovren, 2-Sime Vrsaljko; 7- Ivan Rakitic, 3-Danijel Pranjic, 4-Ivan Perisic, 10-Luka Modric; 18-Ivica Olic, 17-Mario Mandzukic.

Travel to Mexico Mexico:
13-Guillermo Ochoa; 22-Paul Aguilar, 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 4-Rafael Marquez, 15-Hector Moreno, 7-Miguel Layun; 6-Hector Herrera, 23-Jose Juan Vazquez, 18- Andres Guardado; 10-Giovani dos Santos, 19-Oribe Peralta.

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Red Card 1 red card:
89 mins - Ante Rebic (Croatia)

Yellow Cards 3 yellow cards:
8 mins - Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
38 mins - Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
65 mins - Jose Juan Vazquez (Mexico)

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