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    Croatia - Mexico 1:3 (0:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    23 June 2014 Recife /Arena Pernambuco 17:00 41212
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    BOYS Michael (CHI)
    Fifth Official
    CAMARA Djibril (SEN)
    Referee
    IRMATOV Ravshan (UZB)
    Assistant Referee 1
    RASULOV Abduxamidullo (UZB)
    Assistant Referee 2
    KOCHKAROV Bakhadyr (KGZ)
    Fourth Official
    ALIOUM (CMR)

    Total Goals scored

    Rafael MARQUEZ (MEX) 72' , Andres GUARDADO (MEX) 75' , Javier HERNANDEZ (MEX) 82' , Ivan PERISIC (CRO) 87'


    Croatia

    Mexico
    1
    PLETIKOSA (GK)
    13
    G OCHOA (GK)
    2
    VRSALJKO (-58')
    2
    F RODRIGUEZ
    3
    PRANJIĆ (-74')
    4
    R MARQUEZ (C)
    4
    PERIŠIĆ
    6
    H HERRERA
    5
    CORLUKA
    7
    M LAYUN
    6
    LOVREN
    10
    G DOS SANTOS (-62')
    7
    RAKITIĆ
    15
    H MORENO
    10
    MODRIĆ
    18
    A GUARDADO (-84')
    11
    SRNA (C)
    19
    O PERALTA (-79')
    17
    MANDŽUKIĆ
    22
    P AGUILAR
    18
    OLIĆ (-69')
    23
    J VAZQUEZ
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ZELENIKA (GK)
    1
    J CORONA (GK)
    23
    SUBAŠIĆ (GK)
    12
    A TALAVERA (GK)
    8
    VUKOJEVIĆ
    3
    C SALCIDO
    9
    JELAVIĆ (+74')
    5
    D REYES
    13
    SCHILDENFELD
    8
    M FABIAN (+84')
    14
    BROZOVIĆ
    9
    R JIMENEZ
    15
    BADELJ
    11
    A PULIDO
    16
    REBIĆ (+69')
    14
    J HERNANDEZ (+62')
    19
    SAMMIR
    16
    M PONCE
    20
    KOVAČIĆ (+58')
    17
    I BRIZUELA
    21
    VIDA
    20
    J AQUINO
    22
    EDUARDO
    21
    C PEŃA (+79')
    Coach Coach
    KOVAC Niko (CRO) HERRERA Miguel (MEX)

    Cautions

    Ivan RAKITIC (CRO) 9' , Rafael MARQUEZ (MEX) 39' , Jose VAZQUEZ (MEX) 66'

    Sent off

    Ante REBIC (CRO) 89'

    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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    Mexico beat Croatia to spark Recife fiesta

    Mexico booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ with a 3-1 win over Croatia in their third and final Group A game in Recife. Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez provided the goals and El Tri will now meet the Netherlands in the Round of 16, while the Croats head for home. The game at the Arena Pernambuco had a physical edge from the opening whistle, almost predictable considering the value of the contest for both teams. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s stay-at-home central midfielder of the day, was yellow-carded inside the first five minutes for a hard foul on Jose Vazquez.

    Soon after, both goals were under threat. In the 14th minute, Ivica Olic headed a dangerous ball across the face of the Mexican goal. Guillermo Ochoa – El Tri hero from the goalless draw with Brazil – dove out of the frame to clear with a flying punch. And just a minute later up the other end, Hector Herrera saw his left-footed piledriver from 30 yards out hit the corner of post and crossbar. The Mexicans were in the ascendency and, seconds after going within inches of scoring, Oribe Peralta chased in a through ball from Giovani dos Santos. But despite the Santos Laguna striker being at full stretch, he was just unable to make clean contact with the ball and a good chance went begging.

    The Croatians were content to sit back and try to break on the counter-attack as the opening period wore on. One such foray, after the half-hour mark, led to a second yellow card of the game. This time the caution went to Marquez, the Mexican captain hauling down Mario Mandzukic, who was racing toward goal. It was a dangerous game for the Mexicans to play as Croatia packed the superior aerial threat from set-pieces. A draw would do Croatia no good and it became clear shortly after the interval that they would need to be a little more cavalier in their approach. Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, for his part, shook things up in attack too, by bringing on Hernandez for creator Dos Santos.

    The CONCACAF side began to turn the screw, but their goal came not from a striker, but a tried and true defender. Captain Marquez, so often Mexico’s hero, stepped up in the 72nd minute to nod home a Herrera corner-kick. At that moment, the game might as well have been at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, such was the noise produced by the fans in green. It didn’t diminish three minutes later, either, when Guardado added a second, or when Hernandez headed his first goal in an age for Mexico to make it three.

    Ivan Perisic pulled one back for the Europeans in the closing moments and Ante Rebic saw red, but it made no difference. As second place finisher in Group A, Mexico - who've put their qualifying struggles well behind them - now meet the high-flying Netherlands in the Round of 16 on 29 June in Fortaleza. Croatia, despite producing some fine football here in Brazil, head for home after just three matches.

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    Croatia-Mexico: Quotes

    Miguel Herrera, Mexico coach
    ll have a few more great days yet. The s still room for improvement. We stayed calm and maintained our focus, that was the key to success.

    Niko Kovac, Croatia coach
    We stayed in the game for a long time but two set-pieces were decisive today. We weren’t that bad but Mexico were better than us. The final score makes it looks worse than it really was though. Mexico were very compact at the back and we couldn’t find a way through them. We have to go home now but life goes on. It’s been a very positive World Cup for us, it gave us new impetus and we played well.

    Rafael Marquez, Budweiser Man of the Match, Mexico
    The Netherlands are a great side. After such a tight game we need to recover now. We had to fight hard but we performed as a team once again.

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