Cameroon Vs Croatia, Group A - Live Score

THURSDAY 19TH JUNE - 3:30AM (LOCAL) | ARENA AMAZONIA, MANAUS

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Cameroon Croatia

Cameroon: Known as the Indomitable Lions, Cameroon have set an example of what African football can offer on the world stage. They are the first side from Africa to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in 1990. Since then, Cameroon have always failed to go beyond the Group Stage of the tournament whenever they have qualified for the World Cup. Samuel Eto’o and company will target a good finish in Brazil this time.

Croatia: The Croats are relieved they haven’t missed out another World Cup this time. The Blazers would like to remind everyone just how good they can be on their day and will aim to replicate the glory days of a yesteryear generation. With players like Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic, the side would like to exhibit just what they can offer in the big competitions.

Head-to-Head

The two sides are meeting for the first time.

Commentary

(184 Mins)

That brings the live commentary to an end. Thanks for joining us tonight for this entertaining game.

(180 Mins)

Croatia will be facing Mexico on the 23rd June in what is shaping up to be a fantastic game. Cameroon can now book the seats on the plane back home having faced elimination, but before flying off they will get a chance to play the hosts, Brazil.

(178 Mins)

After missing out on the opener through suspension, Mario Mandzukic has burst onto the scene today scoring two goals that see him become a credible contender for the top-scorer prize.

(175 Mins)

Croatia have been the better side tonight and, especially after Songs sending-off, they found it easy to create scoring chances and eventually sink Cameroon to earn a crucial win.

(172 Mins)

Croatia have bounced back from losing to Brazil in their opening match and have given themselves a chance to make it though to the next round. Cameroon pick up their second consecutive defeat and are eliminated from the tournament.

(170 Mins)

FULL-TIME - Croatia 4 - 0 Cameroon (Olic, Perisic, Mandzukic, Mandzukic)

(169 Mins)

The replay has shown that Assou-Ekotto attempted to head-butt his teammate, Moukandjo. What a terrible end to the World Cup campaign for Cameroon.

(168 Mins)

There will be two minutes of added time.

(167 Mins)

There seems to have been a rather strong argument between Moukandjo and Assou-Ekotto. The Cameroon players are starting to lose their temper now.

(165 Mins)

Croatia have a wonderful chance on the counter attack, but they waste it incredibly. Rebic makes a fantastic run to cut through the Cameroon backline before squaring the ball for Rakitic. The striker is unmarked and can get an open shot, but he only manages to send the ball wide of the past.

(162 Mins)

Salli dribbles his way past three Croatian defenders and into the area. He squares the ball to his right for Moukandjo, but the African midfielder cannot find the target and sends the ball blazing over the bar.

(160 Mins)

Looking ahead it is set to be an epic game between Croatia and Mexico on the 23rd June, as both sides will be fighting for a win that will take them through to the last 16.

(158 Mins)

Croatia are now keeping possession and passing the ball around before bursting into the shaky Cameroon backline.

(156 Mins)

Itandje watches the ball find its way at the back of the net after Mandzukics easy shot from close range. It has not been the best of nights for the Cameroon keeper.

(155 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Croatia make their final change. Rebic is on for Perisic.

(154 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Salli comes off the bench to replace Choupo-Moting.

(153 Mins)

The question is whether Croatia will feel satisfied now with this result or they will be trying to increase their goal tally.

(150 Mins)

Eduardo sends a rather weak shot towards the goal from the right hand side of the box. Itandje can only palm the ball away and Mandzukic is on hand to tap it into the net. Arguably one of the easiest goals of his career.

(150 Mins)

GOAL - Croatia 4 - 0 Cameroon (Mandzukic)

(149 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Inter Milan midfielder Kovavic comes on to replace Sammir.

(148 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Finke brings on fresh forces up front. Webo is on for a rather disappointing Aboubakar.

(147 Mins)

Mandzukic scores his first World Cup goal. He was joint top scorer at Euro 2012 with three goals. Will he be able to repeat that feat in this tournament?

(146 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Brazilian-born Eduardo comes on to replace Olic.

(144 Mins)

Mbia breaks away and runs through the Croatian defence before passing the ball to his left hand side to Aboubakar. The striker gets a poor shot away and does nothing to trouble Pletikosa.

(142 Mins)

The Croatians are unstoppable now. They come forward strongly on the counter attack and give the impression that they could easily send a few more goals past Itandje.

(139 Mins)

Its all over for Cameroon now. Pranjic curls in a calibrated corner kick that finds a towering Mandzukic in the middle of the box. The striker is culpably left unmarked by the Cameroon defenders and can easily send a thundering header past an helpless Itandje to make it 3-0.

(138 Mins)

GOAL - Croatia 3 - 0 Cameroon (Mandzukic)

(137 Mins)

Tonights goalscorers Perisic and Olic celebrate together. They both play for German side Wolfsburg.

(136 Mins)

Srna hits the ball poorly and sends it over the top of the bar without troubling Itandje.

(135 Mins)

Croatia can take advantage of a very dangerous free kick from just outside the box.

(133 Mins)

Olic whips in a brilliant corner to find Mandzukic running towards the near post unmarked. The striker sends an header towards the goal, but Itandje can deflect the ball off for a corner kick.

(132 Mins)

The Croatians are running riot down the flanks now. It could end very badly for Cameroon if they cannot hit back quickly.

(130 Mins)

Perisic fires the ball past an helpless Itandje to make it 2-0. Is it all over for Cameroon now or will they find a way back into this game?

(127 Mins)

Chance for Croatia - Sammir plays a wonderful through-ball to Mandzukic who is running in behind the sluggish Cameroon defence. The striker has only Itandje to beat, but he sends the ball wide of the post. He could have done much better.

(125 Mins)

After a poor clearance from Itandje, Perisic collects a loose ball on the halfway line and burst down the left hand flank. The striker then cuts into the area and fires a diagonal shot past the Cameroon keeper.

(125 Mins)

GOAL - Croatia 2 - 0 Cameroon (Perisic)

(124 Mins)

Choupo Moting attempts a shot from long range, but his effort is poor and Pletikosa has no difficulty in collecting the ball.

(123 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Finke has re-organised his formation at half-time. Nounkeu comes on for Chedjou.

(123 Mins)

We are back underway.

(119 Mins)

Mario Mandzukic is proving to be a key player for the Croatians. He is managing to keep the ball up front and open up space that Olic and Rakitic can exploit with their thundering runs.

(114 Mins)

Cameroons hopes to get back into the game have been diminished by Alexandre Song as he inexplicably punched Mandzukic in the back to earn himself a red card. In the hot and humid tropical weather of Manaus, having to make up for a dismissed player could be a huge challenge.

(112 Mins)

Cameroon face an uphill challenge now as they have to turn the game around in ten men if they wish to avoid an early elimination from the tournament.

(108 Mins)

Croatia have not put on a sparkling display of football in this first half, but they have proved cynical enough up front to find the opening goal. Cameroon started the match with great attacking intent, but they were toothless in the final third and did not do enough to trouble Pletikosa.

(107 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Croatia 1 - 0 Cameroon (Olic)

(106 Mins)

Aboubakar gets a shot away from the edge of the box, but he sends the ball sailing over the cross bar.

(105 Mins)

Cameroon are reacting well to Songs sending-off. They are coming forward looking for a way into the Croatian defence.

(104 Mins)

Song is shown red after lashing out at Mandzukic.

(101 Mins)

Unbelievable. Song has lost his temper and punched Mandzukic in the back from behind.

(100 Mins)

RED CARD - It goes from bad to worse for Cameroon. Song has been sent off and they are down to ten men.

(98 Mins)

Matip makes a good run to burst into the area, but he is blocked effectively by Srna as he tries to whip in a cross. Good defending from the Croatian.

(97 Mins)

As the tempo slows down, we are starting to see a few hefty challenges.

(95 Mins)

Cameroon are on the front foot now, but they fail to break through the Croatian defence and get shots on target. Croatia sit a bit deeper but are very threatening on the counter attack.

(93 Mins)

Mbia charges down the right flank before cutting into the Croatian box. He tries to slide in a low cross, but his effort is blocked by Pletikosa.

(91 Mins)

Rakitic whips a fantastic cross into the area. Mandzukic is on the end of it and tries to send the ball past Itandje with an acrobatic shot, but the linesman signals he is offside.

(90 Mins)

The play has stopped as Srna is being stretchered off the pitch. The players are taking advantage of the break to grab some water.

(87 Mins)

There has not been many scoring chances after Croatia went in front. Both teams are trying to pass the ball around and dictate the tempo before bursting forward, but they struggle to break through the opposite defence.

(85 Mins)

Modric receives medical attention on the sidelines after being hit on the nose.

(82 Mins)

Cameroon are now trying to push forward in an attempt to find a precious equaliser. The Indomitable lions got off to a positive start but they were stunned by Olics goal.

(82 Mins)

Modric has recovered from the injury and is back on the pitch.

(81 Mins)

Croatia are momentarily down to ten men as Modric is out after being hit by a Cameroon player in a rather hefty tackle.

(79 Mins)

Olic anticipates his marker to fire the ball past Itandje and hand Croatia the lead.

(78 Mins)

Olic celebrates with his teammates after putting Croatia in front. That was his second goal in this World Cup.

(75 Mins)

Chance for Croatia. After the Cameroon defence scrambles to clear the ball and failes to do so, Mandzukic heads it towards the goal. The ball is then cleared off the line for a corner kick.

(74 Mins)

Croatia are coming forward again looking to double their lead. The Indomitable Lions are struggling to hit back after going down.

(72 Mins)

Just as they did against Brazil, Croatia take the lead. Perisic plays a clever ball across the Cameroon area and finds Olic at the far post who anticipates his marker and turns the ball in from close range. There is nothing Itandje can do.

(71 Mins)

GOAL - Croatia 1 - 0 Cameroon (Olic)

(69 Mins)

Alexandre Song tries to skip past two Croatian players. Cameroon seem to have a more attacking mindset today compared to their opener against Mexico.

(66 Mins)

There is a lot of pushing and shoving in the area between Mandzukic and Mbia. The Croatian goes down as a result of the contact.

(65 Mins)

Cameroon has a free kick from the edge of the area down the right hand flank. This could be very dangerous for Croatia.

(64 Mins)

Niko Kovac was fuming in the aftermath of Croatia’s contested defeat at the hands of Brazil. After the final whistle in San Paolo he said about the refeering decisions: “If thats how we start the World Cup, then we may as well give up and go home now.

(63 Mins)

The free kick is played in low and the ball is easily cleared by the Croatian defence.

(62 Mins)

Cameroon are coming forward strongly. Moukandjo is brought down on the right hand side of the box for a free kick from a promising position.

(60 Mins)

Were off. The referee, Mr Proença, gets the game underway.

(56 Mins)

The run-up to this game has been hit by controversy for Croatia. The team led by Kovac, in fact, has decided to boycott its national press after pictures emerged of some players sunbathing naked at the hotel’s swimming pool.

(53 Mins)

The teams are heading out onto the pitch for the national anthems. We are five minutes away from the kick-off of this showdown between Croatia and Cameroon.

(52 Mins)

TEAM NEWS: There is one notable change to the starting XI Niko Kovac fielded against Brazil. Star striker Mario Mandzukic, who missed the opening match through suspension, is back spearheading the Croatian attack. Luca Modric has recovered from a foot injury that he picked up in the opening game and is fit to play tonight.

(51 Mins)

TEAM NEWS: Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o, who is nursing a knee injury, will be watching today’s game from the sidelines. The talismanic striker will be replaced by 22-year-old Vincent Aboubaker, who scored 16 goals for Lorient in Ligue 1 last season.

(49 Mins)

Having lost their respective opening games, both teams will come onto the pitch today knowing that there is no margin for error . Croatia suffered a controversial 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil last Thursday, while the Indomitable Lions were beaten 1-0 by Mexico on the following day. Yesterday in the other Group A match Mexico successfully held Brazil to a draw and, therefore, if there was a loser tonight, this will be eliminated from the tournament.

(48 Mins)

Cameroon -Starting line-up: Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Song, Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Choupo Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh, Matip.

(47 Mins)

Croatia - Starting line-up: Pletikosa, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Sammir, Mandzukic, Olic.

(45 Mins)

Hello and welcome to tonight’s live commentary as Croatia take on Cameroon at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus.

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