Croatia Vs Mexico, Group A - Live Score

TUESDAY 24TH JUNE - 1:30AM (LOCAL) | ARENA PERNAMBUCO, RECIFE

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Croatia Mexico

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.

Mexico: Having failed to go beyond the Round of 16 in all of their past five attempts in the World Cup, Mexico are raging to impress. The fans are aching to support the El Tri for a longer while in the tournament and will be looking forward to even improving their record of only reaching the quarter-final.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 3

Croatia 2 Wins, Mexico 1 Win, 0 Draw

Commentary

(186 Mins)

Thats all from us this evening. Dont forget that well be covering the final matches from Group C and Group D tomorrow: England v Costa Rica, Uruguay v Italy, Greece v Ivory Coast and Colombia v Japan. See you then.

(184 Mins)

Mexico, on the other hand, continue to do well on footballs biggest stage: Javier Hernandez cant quite believe that his side are through to the next round. Itll be a tough task for them against the Netherlands though: the Dutch team thrashed reigning champions Spain 5-1 and progressed from Group B with maximum points.

(181 Mins)

Croatias win against Cameroon a few days ago is now their only win in seven World Cup matches. Theyve played some fantastic football in recent years, although they have very little to show for it when it comes to major tournaments.

(178 Mins)

The Croatian players look devastated. They were one goal away from progressing until Mexico took the lead with 18 minutes left, and once again theyll be heading home from the World Cup early.

(176 Mins)

The hosts match against Cameroon finished 4-1 in Brasilia. After results earlier in the day, it means that Mexico will face the Netherlands in the next round, whilst Brazil will play Chile.

(173 Mins)

What a frantic end to Group A. Mexico are heading through to the knockout round, albeit in second place behind Brazil. The Mexicans dont appear to mind that much, though.

(173 Mins)

FULL-TIME - Croatia 1-3 Mexico

(172 Mins)

Only one minute left to play. Both teams know this game is over and are simply running the clock down.

(170 Mins)

They may only briefly have been in contention to win the group, but Mexico can begin to celebrate a clinical victory that will take them through to the knockout round in second place.

(169 Mins)

There will be four minutes of added time.

(168 Mins)

Croatia are getting frustrated, a fact demonstrated perfectly by Ante Rebic, who wildly lands a late challenge on Carlos Pena. He was nowhere near the ball, and thats a straight red.

(167 Mins)

Comeback on the cards? Perisic grabs what looks to be a consolation for Croatia. Two minutes of the ninety left to play.

(166 Mins)

Croatia 1-3 Mexico (Ivan Perisic)

(164 Mins)

Its all changed again! Brazil are now 4-1 up and we now need a two-goal swing for Mexico to top the group. At the very least, they will go through in second place. It would be amazing if they didnt see out the game from here...

(163 Mins)

Andres Guardado is replaced by Marco Fabian. Five minutes left.

(161 Mins)

Mexico get their third of the night, with Hernandez sneaking in at the back post to head home from a corner. That goal means that Mexico and Brazil are now level on points and goal difference. Brazil still lead the group having scored more goals, but if Mexico can get a fourth...

(160 Mins)

Croatia 0-3 Mexico (Javier Hernandez)

(159 Mins)

Heres how Group A looks with 10 minutes remaining: Brazil (7pts, GD +4), Mexico (5pts, GD +3), Croatia (4pts, GD 0), Cameroon (0pts, GD -7).

(157 Mins)

Mexico make another change. Oribe Peraltas work is done for the night, Carlos Pena replaces him.

(155 Mins)

Its 2-0! Croatia pile forward, but leave themselves dangerously open at the back. Mexico counter and a neat pass finds Andres Guardado, who slots the ball past Pletikosa. Game over?

(154 Mins)

Croatia 0-2 Mexico (Andres Guardado)

(153 Mins)

Croatia are forced into an attacking change. Danijel Pranjic comes off and he is replaced by Nikica Jelavic.

(151 Mins)

Mexico take the lead! Rafael Marquez gets on the end of a cross and its an easy finish for Mexicos captain, heading down into the corner past Stipe Pletikosa. Croatia now need to score twice.

(150 Mins)

Croatia 0-1 Mexico (Rafael Marquez)

(149 Mins)

Croatia bring on another sub. Ante Rebic replaces Ivica Olic.

(147 Mins)

Jose Vazquez has been booked, although its not clear if the card has been awarded for a foul or for dissent as the Mexicans pleaded for a penalty. Hell miss his sides next match, assuming they make it to the second round.

(143 Mins)

Drama! Mexico want a penalty as Darijo Srna blocks a shot inside the box. Replays show that the Croatian had in fact stopped the ball with his arms as he flung himself behind the strike. Thats a better save than any Pletikosa has made in the competition so far. Ridiculous decision.

(140 Mins)

Mexico make their first substitution. Giovani dos Santos has been relatively quiet so far, and is replaced by Javier Hernandez. The young Manchester United striker is already third on Mexicos all-time scoring chart.

(138 Mins)

Here is Group A as it stands with 30 minutes remaining: Brazil (7pts, GD +4), Mexico (5pts, GD +1), Croatia (4pts, GD +2), Cameroon (0pts, GD -7).

(137 Mins)

Kovacic does indeed come on, replacing Sime Vrsaljko. Just under an hour played.

(135 Mins)

Chance for Mexico. Peralta gets on the end of a corner, but can only head the ball over the bar. The striker didnt have much competition for the ball there. He should have least got the shot on target.

(134 Mins)

Mateo Kovacic appears to be getting ready on the substitutes bench. Croatia need to change something: their game plan isnt working.

(133 Mins)

There havent been any announcements in the stadium, although news of Brazils third goal seems to have filtered through into the stands. Theres no doubt that both sets of fans know the score (pardon the pun) for their sides as it stands.

(130 Mins)

The referee has frequently penalised both sides for fouls made as corners are played in. Nothing awarded against a team defending their goal yet, although you get the sense that it could lead to a penalty or two...

(128 Mins)

Fred has added another for Brazil, who are now 3-1 up against Cameroon. Some of the comebacks in the tournament so far would tell you not to write the African side off, although itll be a long way back for them now. Croatia and Mexico are almost certainly playing for second place.

(126 Mins)

Croatia have the first sniff at a chance in this half. They whip a free-kick into the box from out wide, but again the delivery is poor. Mexico clear.

(124 Mins)

Were back underway. No changes were made at half-time by either side.

(123 Mins)

The teams are making their way back out and the game will recommence shortly. Both sets of fans are making themselves heard again.

(119 Mins)

The match stats make for interesting reading at the midway point. Both sides have registered five shots on goal with one on target, although Croatia have edged the possession, seeing 53% of the ball. That said, they created very little in the first 45 minutes and will need to do more in the second half.

(115 Mins)

Its also worth noting that Mexico have not kept three successive clean sheets in a World Cup since 1986, when they defeated Iraq 1-0 and Bulgaria 2-0 before drawing 0-0 with Germany in the quarter-finals. Guillermo Ochoa has proved to be a safe pair of hands so far in this tournament, and he is 45 minutes away from matching that record.

(113 Mins)

As we mentioned earlier, Mexico are on a run of six World Cup appearances in which they have reached the second round or further. This excludes the tournament in Italy in 1990, when they didnt qualify for the competition.

(111 Mins)

Croatia have failed to progress from the group stages in five of their last six major tournaments. The exception was Euro 2008, where they got as far as the quarter-finals before being eliminated.

(110 Mins)

Both sides will have plenty to talk about in the dressing room during the interval. As it stands, Brazil and Mexico are going through to the next round.

(108 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Croatia 0-0 Mexico

(107 Mins)

The corner comes to nothing, and thats the end of the half.

(107 Mins)

Danger for Mexico. Croatia have a corner wide on the right. Its whipped in, but Peralta is on hand to head the ball behind for a corner. Seconds remain.

(106 Mins)

There will be two minutes of added time.

(105 Mins)

Were coming up to half-time. Herrera runs into the back of Modric, and Croatia are given a free-kick inside their own half.

(101 Mins)

Its starting to get a bit feisty now. Mexico have a corner, but the referee awards Croatia a free-kick after Hector Moreno unfairly jumped into Stipe Pletikosa in a challenge for the ball. Heated words are exchanged, and suddenly theres a melee of players arguing in the box. Oh dear.

(99 Mins)

That high pressing backfires on Mexico, as Croatia win the ball from a corner and break quickly up the other end of the pitch. Rafael Marquez brings down Ivica Olic, which the referee punishes with a yellow card.

(96 Mins)

All the drama appears to be taking place in Brasilia at the moment. Few chances to mention here, although Mexico appear to have started pressing slightly further up the pitch in the last few minutes.

(94 Mins)

Another update from Brazil v Cameroon: Neymar has got his second goal of the night and the hosts now lead 2-1.

(92 Mins)

Niko Kovac is cutting a forlorn figure on the touchline. His side are second best at the moment, and playmaker Luka Modric has barely seen any of the ball.

(89 Mins)

Interesting. Joel Matip has just scored against Brazil to bring his side level in the other game. Were back to where we were at the start of the match: if Brazil are held to a draw then the winner of this match will come top of Group A.

(87 Mins)

Croatia are struggling to get close to their oppositions goal. They work their way down the right side of the pitch, but the resulting cross is cleared easily. It rolls nicely to Danijel Pranjic, but his effort flies over the bar.

(85 Mins)

The game is developing exactly how Miguel Herrera said it would before kick-off. His side are defending as a compact unit, but breaking fluidly when Croatia lose possession. 25 minutes in, and the Mexicans have had the better of the shots on goal.

(82 Mins)

Herreras shot remains the closest either team has come to breaking the deadlock in Arena Pernambuco. Pletikosa was extremely fortunate to see the ball rebound off the crossbar and away from the onrushing Mexican players.

(80 Mins)

Another chance for Mexico. Oribe Peralta is played through on goal, but he slips just as hes about to strike the ball, which bobbles out of play. Huge let-off for Croatia.

(78 Mins)

Some news from the other match: Neymar has scored for Brazil and the host nation lead Cameroon 1-0. That doesnt change a lot for these two sides, it just means victory wont give the winning team top spot in Group A.

(76 Mins)

Nearly a goal for Mexico! Some clever play in the final third gives Hector Herrera some space to shoot from distance. He lets fly, but his shot thuds against the crossbar and away from danger. Stipe Pletikosa was nowhere near it.

(73 Mins)

Croatia have an opening, but cant make the most of it. Ivan Perisic bombs down the right and unselfishly squares the ball across the box from a shooting position. He really should have taken the shot: he had no teammates in support on the break.

(71 Mins)

Guillermo Ochoa has yet to concede a goal in this summers tournament. Another clean sheet tonight would see his side progress regardless of the result from Group As other game.

(69 Mins)

First booking of the game. Ivan Rakitic slides in late on Jose Vazquez, which earns him a yellow card. Silly challenge.

(66 Mins)

Croatia have won a couple of corners in the opening exchanges. At the second attempt, Danijel Pranjic rolls the ball short to Ivan Rakitic, whose cross is blazed over by a teammate in the box. Close.

(64 Mins)

Both sides have seen some of the ball in the opening five minutes. Though they might not be dominating on the pitch at the moment, Mexicos fans are at least winning the battle in the stands. Theyre producing a deafening noise at present.

(63 Mins)

We will of course update you on any significant developments that arise from Brazils game against Cameroon, which has also just kicked-off.

(61 Mins)

Mexico are looking to qualify for the knockout round of this competition for the sixth time in a row. Croatia, in contrast, have not been beyond the group stage of the World Cup since they reached the semi-finals in 1998.

(60 Mins)

The referee blows his whistle, and were underway.

(59 Mins)

The teams are out, and were almost ready for kick-off. Understandably, the Mexico fans appear to have outnumbered their Croatian opponents this evening.

(58 Mins)

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera, meanwhile, is well aware of the potential consequences should his side sit back and defend this evening: “If you think going into the game youre going to tie, youre most likely just going to lose. Croatia have to win so were going to go out there and defend, and take advantage of the spaces that theyre going to leave open because theyre attacking."

(57 Mins)

The Croatian coach is confident of getting a result, although he is also wary of the threat posed by the opposition at Arena Pernambuco. Speaking before the game, he said: "The match against Mexico will be like a final. Mexico are strong, but so are we. The Mexico players are very patriotic, just like us, and they have a great team spirit.”

(57 Mins)

These two teams have only faced each other three times before today: Croatia were victorious in two friendlies, while Mexico came through in the nations’ only competitive meeting during the World Cup in 2002. Croatia’s coach, Niko Kovac, featured in the losing side 12 years ago. He will be looking to exact revenge tonight.

(56 Mins)

Mexico Starting XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez.

(54 Mins)

Croatia Starting XI: Pleticosa, Vrsajko, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic.

(53 Mins)

Both sides go into tonight’s game with a chance of progressing to the next round. For Croatia, the equation is simple: only a win will see them through to the last 16. Mexico on the other hand only need a draw out of this fixture, although three points could see them win the group should Brazil slip up against Cameroon.

(51 Mins)

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