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    Cameroon - Croatia 0:4 (0:1)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    18 June 2014 Manaus /Arena Amazonia 18:00 39982
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    KLOSTERKEMPER Alexander (GER)
    Did not play in Match
    ADOUM Djibrine (CHA)
    Fifth Official
    LEAL Leonel (CRC)
    Referee
    PROENCA Pedro (POR)
    Assistant Referee 1
    MIRANDA Bertino (POR)
    Assistant Referee 2
    TRIGO Jose (POR)
    Fourth Official
    LOPEZ Walter (GUA)

    Total Goals scored

    Ivica OLIC (CRO) 11' , Ivan PERISIC (CRO) 48' , Mario MANDZUKIC (CRO) 61' , Mario MANDZUKIC (CRO) 73'


    Cameroon

    Croatia
    16
    ITANJDE (GK)
    1
    PLETIKOSA (GK)
    2
    ASSOU EKOTTO
    3
    PRANJIĆ
    3
    NKOULOU (C)
    4
    PERIŠIĆ (-78')
    6
    SONG
    5
    CORLUKA
    8
    MOUKANDJO
    6
    LOVREN
    10
    ABOUBAKAR (-70')
    7
    RAKITIĆ
    13
    CHOUPO-MOTING (-75')
    10
    MODRIĆ
    14
    CHEDJOU (-46' HT)
    11
    SRNA (C)
    17
    MBIA
    17
    MANDŽUKIĆ
    18
    ENOH
    18
    OLIĆ (-69')
    21
    MATIP
    19
    SAMMIR (-72')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    1
    FEUDJOU (GK)
    12
    ZELENIKA (GK)
    23
    N'DJOCK (GK)
    23
    SUBAŠIĆ (GK)
    4
    DJEUGOUE
    2
    VRSALJKO
    5
    NOUNKEU (+46' HT)
    8
    VUKOJEVIĆ
    7
    NGUEMO
    9
    JELAVIĆ
    9
    ETO'O
    13
    SCHILDENFELD
    11
    MAKOUN
    14
    BROZOVIĆ
    12
    BEDIMO
    15
    BADELJ
    15
    WEBO (+70')
    16
    REBIĆ (+78')
    19
    OLINGA
    20
    KOVAČIĆ (+72')
    20
    SALLI (+75')
    21
    VIDA
    22
    NYOM
    22
    EDUARDO (+69')
    Coach Coach
    FINKE Volker (GER) KOVAC Niko (CRO)

    Cautions

    EDUARDO (CRO) 89'

    Sent off

    Alexandre SONG (CMR) 40'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Croatia boost hopes, Cameroon bow out

    Cameroon have crashed out of the FIFA World Cup™ after a resounding 4-0 defeat to Croatia in which they were reduced to ten men. The Indomitable Lions were second best throughout this Group A encounter in Manaus, which ended with their European opponents having boosted their hopes of vying with Brazil and Mexico for a place in the Round of 16. Croatia now know that the winner of their final group phase encounter with El Tri will advance, while Cameroon will conclude their doomed campaign against the hosts.

    Niko Kovac's side had impressed in spells against Brazil in their opening match and their class told in this encounter, with the outcome rarely in danger from the 11th minute onwards. That was when Ivica Olic, 34, became his country's oldest World Cup goalscorer, firing home first time with his left foot after being teed up at close range by Ivan Perisic's perfectly weighted pass.

    Perisic was a dangerous and influential player throughout, and he found the net with nine minutes of the first half remaining, directing a powerful header just over. Cameroon had barely threatened at this stage and their frustration boiled over four minutes later when Alex Song earned an inevitable straight red card for a off-the-ball arm in the back of Mario Mandzukic. That show of indiscipline made an already difficult task near-impossible, and Croatia effectively moved out of sight just three minutes into the second period.

    This goal was something of a personal disaster for Charles Itandje, whose botched clearance was seized upon at the halfway line by Perisic. Plenty of work remained to be done, but the Wolfsburg midfielder's pace took him clear in the left channel and he deceived Itandje by shaping to cross and instead side-footed into the net at the keeper's abandoned near post.

    Croatia continued to dominate and Mandzukic could and should have added a third shortly after when he raced clean through only to delay his shot too long and, under pressure, scoop the ball wide. But the Bayern Munich striker would not be denied, and he completed a brace midway through the half. The first saw him rise unchallenged at corner to bullet home a downward header, while the second came about when he profited from another mistake by Itandje, who spilled a tame Eduardo shot at the feet of Croatia's predatory No17.

    The scoreline offered just reward for Kovac's side's overall superiority, and they will now hope to continue their free-scoring ways against a Mexico team that shut out the hosts.

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    Cameroon-Croatia: Quotes

    Niko Kovac, Croatia coach
    We didn’t start the match well, but we improved by keeping possession of the ball a bit better. We played in a very efficient manner tonight. Although Cameroon didn’t play as well as they can, that was partly down to our performance. We have to put this victory to the back of our minds for now, because our hardest challenge is still to come. The match with Mexico is going to be our cup final.

    Mario Mandzukic, Budweiser Man of the Match
    I had trained hard for this one so that I could put in a strong performance. I should stress that this was a team victory, though; goals are the reward you get for great teamwork. I don’t think we should get too obsessive about goals – the overall objective is winning the game, after all. There's still some room for improvement for this team.

    Volker Finke, Cameroon coach
    It’s a tough result to take. It’s always difficult to play with ten men, but that’s still no excuse for tonight’s performance. There’s no doubt that Croatia were more clinical in front of goal, but Cameroon also had chances to score. We need to move on and look to the future, because this team is full of promising players.

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