Monday, 23rd June
vs Mexico in Recife.
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
in Niigata, during the Group Stage of Korea-Japan 2002.
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
It took a while coming but the deadlock was finally broken by Mexico's captain, Rafael
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.
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
A consolation goal for Croatia, scored by Ivan Perisic, means Brazil will top the group.
Final Score: Croatia 1 - Mexico 3
0:1 - Rafael Marquez (72 mins)
0:2 - Andres Guardado (75 mins)
0:3 - Javier Hernandez (82 mins)
1:3 - Ivan Perisic (87 mins)
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
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.
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan
89 mins - Ante Rebic (Croatia)
3 yellow cards:
8 mins - Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
38 mins - Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
65 mins - Jose Juan Vazquez (Mexico)
Cameroon vs Brazil
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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