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OBRIGADO: Thanks for following along this extertaining Group A finale, where Mexico beat Croatia 3-1 in a wild one in Recife. Meanwhile, Brazil took down Cameroon 4-1 in Brasilia, handing the top spot in the group to the hosts. Brazil will play Chile in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, while Netherlands meet Mexico in Fortaleza on Sunday in our first Round of 16 match-ups. We'll have plenty more coverage from today's games on our daily tournament blog, so please join us there as we wrap up Monday's matches.

18:57
18:57
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Mexico
MexicoMEX

Statistics

Ball possession

55%
45%
18Fouls Committed12
5Attempts On Target7
10Shots12
1Total Goals scored3
0Penalties scored0
18:54
R MARQUEZ
MexicoMEX
Defender

has been elected Man of the Match

90MINUTES PLAYED51TOTAL PASSES1GOALS FOR1SHOTS
18:54

FULL TIME: A flurry of goals - four in 22 minutes - plus a late sending off seals a frentic finish to this match in Recife, and the Mexico supporters are loving it. The final result sees El Tri move on to the Round of 16, along with Group A winners Brazil, who beat Cameroon 4-1, while Croatia are elminated.

18:52
The final whistle sounds.
18:50
90'+RAKITIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:49
90'+MANDŽUKIĆ (Croatia) is ruled offside.
18:49
90'+G. OCHOA (Mexico) blocks the shot.
18:49
90'+PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
18:49

GOOD SAVE: Ochoa denies Perisic a second goal! The No4 volleys and Mexico's goalkeeper does very well to keep it out.

18:48

It's all gone wrong for the Europeans, and now that they're a man down and with only a few minutes remaining it looks like their World Cup is coming to a close.

18:46
89' REBIĆ (Croatia) is sent off!

Ante Rebic is shown a straight red after taking out Hector Moreno

18:46
89'REBIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:45
88'JELAVIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:44
87' PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) scores!!
18:43
86'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on H. HERRERA (Mexico).
18:43
86'SRNA (Croatia) swings in the corner.
18:43
85'SRNA (Croatia) takes a corner kick.

GOAL! Ivan Perisic pulls one back for Croatia, though it's likely too little too late for the Vatreni. The No4 calmly finished into the side netting past a helpless Ochoa, which is the first goal he's allowed all tournament.

18:43

CAMEROON 1-4 BRAZIL
Fernandinho adds to Brazil's lead

18:43

Mexico show no sign of letting up and the El Tri support are encouraging them to continue forward!

18:42
85'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) blocks the shot.
18:42
85'M. FABIAN (Mexico) sees his effort hit the target.
18:42
84' M. FABIAN (in) comes off the bench to replace A. GUARDADO (out) (Mexico)
18:41
84'REBIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:39
82' J. HERNANDEZ (Mexico) scores!!

GOAL! Chicharito makes it three for El Tri! Herrera's corner is a good one as Hector Moreno flicks on to Hernandez who nods home at the back post.

18:39
82'A. GUARDADO (Mexico) swings in the corner.
18:37
80'J. HERNANDEZ (Mexico) is ruled offside.
18:37
79' C. PEÑA (in) comes off the bench to replace O. PERALTA (out) (Mexico)
18:37

Peralta waves to the crowd and encourages more support from the Mexican fans as Carlos Pena takes his place on the pitch.

Player Statistics

Mexico
MexicoMEX
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists1
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered2 / 1
  • Passes (complete)19 (12)
  • Passes Completion Rate63.16%
  • Tackles2
Mexico
MexicoMEX
Midfielder
  • 14International Caps
  • 176Centimeters
  • Date of Birth29 Mar 1990
  • Current clubClub Leon (MEX)
18:36
78'JELAVIĆ (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on R. MARQUEZ (Mexico).
18:35
78'H. MORENO (Mexico) blocks the shot.

Hector Moreno clears off the line! Ante Rebic makes a great into the box but El Tri's No15 keeps him off the scoresheet.

18:35
78'REBIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
18:35
78'J. HERNANDEZ (Mexico) illegally handles the ball.
18:35
18:32
75' A. GUARDADO (Mexico) scores!!

GOAL! Just like that Mexico double their lead! Andres Guarado is at the end of a lightning quick counter-attack, taking advantage of Croatia's numbers forward and now Mexico firmly have a foot in the Round of 16.

18:32

Man of the Match

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18:32

Croatia are throwing everything forward to find an equaliser now with three centre forwards all ready to attack, but that of course leaves them vulnerable in the back.

18:31
74' JELAVIĆ (in) comes off the bench to replace PRANJIĆ (out) (Croatia)
18:31
18:30
73'O. PERALTA (Mexico) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on LOVREN (Croatia).
18:29
72' R. MARQUEZ (Mexico) scores!!

GOAL! Mexico's captian heads home! Rafael Marquez jumps the highest to direct Herrera's corner into the net.

18:29
72'H. HERRERA (Mexico) swings in the corner.
18:28

Kovac makes a second subtitution and brings on the Fiorentina striker.

Player Statistics

Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target1
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered2 / 0
  • Passes (complete)20 (15)
  • Passes Completion Rate75%
  • Tackles0
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Forward
  • 7International Caps
  • 185Centimeters
  • Date of Birth21 Sep 1993
  • Current clubACF Fiorentina (ITA)
18:27
69' REBIĆ (in) comes off the bench to replace OLIĆ (out) (Croatia)
18:26
69'OLIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:24
66'PLETIKOSA (Croatia) blocks the shot.

GOOD SAVE: Aguilar is denied by Pletikosa! The Rostov keeper's feet kept it out.

18:24
66'P. AGUILAR (Mexico) sees his effort hit the target.
18:23
66' J. VAZQUEZ (Mexico) is yellow carded.

That's Vasquez's second caution of the Group Stage and he will be forced to miss the Round of 16 should El Tri go though.

18:23
65'J. VAZQUEZ (Mexico) commits a foul.
18:23
65'CORLUKA (Croatia) blocks the shot.
18:23
65'H. HERRERA (Mexico) swings in the corner.

CORLUKA CLEARS! Herrera's corner looked to be bending in to the side netting but Croatia's No5 saves the day and clears off the line.

18:23
65'H. HERRERA (Mexico) sees an effort go off target.
18:21
64'SRNA (Croatia) blocks the shot.
18:21
64'A. GUARDADO (Mexico) sees his effort hit the target.
18:21

Miguel Herrera brings on the Manchester United forward for the Villareal man.

Player Statistics

Mexico
MexicoMEX
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered1 / 1
  • Passes (complete)14 (11)
  • Passes Completion Rate78.57%
  • Tackles0
Mexico
MexicoMEX
Forward
  • 64International Caps
  • 175Centimeters
  • Date of Birth01 Jun 1988
  • Current clubManchester United FC (ENG)
18:20
63'H. HERRERA (Mexico) commits a foul.
18:19
62' J. HERNANDEZ (in) comes off the bench to replace G. DOS SANTOS (out) (Mexico)
18:19
62'H. HERRERA (Mexico) takes a corner kick.
18:17
60'LOVREN (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:16
59'OLIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:16

Croatia coach Niko Kovac makes an attack-minded switch, bringing in the Inter Milan man in favour of the Genoa defender.

Player Statistics

Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Defender
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered3 / 0
  • Passes (complete)42 (29)
  • Passes Completion Rate69.05%
  • Tackles0
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Midfielder
  • 12International Caps
  • 181Centimeters
  • Date of Birth06 May 1994
  • Current clubFC Internazionale (ITA)
18:15
58' KOVAČIĆ (in) comes off the bench to replace VRSALJKO (out) (Croatia)
18:15
57'O. PERALTA (Mexico) sees an effort go off target.
18:15
57'A. GUARDADO (Mexico) takes a corner kick.
18:15

Mexico are starting to take over and some good passing leads to another corner after Herrera's effort is deflected out.

18:11
54'G. DOS SANTOS (Mexico) commits a foul.
18:10

Francisco Rodriguez makes a poor clearance near Mexico's goal and Croatia look to capitalise but cannot get a shot off.

18:08

CAMEROON 1-3 BRAZIL
Fred scores quickly after the second half starts.

18:07

Croatia start the half on the front foot, keeping Mexico pinned back in their own half but nothing has come of it so far.

18:06
49'OLIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:06
49'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
18:05
48'J. VAZQUEZ (Mexico) blocks the shot.
18:05
48'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
18:04
47'J. VAZQUEZ (Mexico) commits a foul.
18:04
46'VRSALJKO (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on H. HERRERA (Mexico).
18:03
46'MANDŽUKIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:03
The second half kicks off.

Croatia kick us off to start the second half. No substitutions have been made at the break.

18:02

The teams make their way back out to the field, ready to start the second half.

17:54

STAT ATTACK:
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is the only custodian to keep two clean sheets during the first two Group Stage matches at Brazil 2014.

17:53

FIRST-HALF PHOTOS
Take a look at the best images from both Group A matches in a gallery we put together on Facebook.

17:52
17:49

HALF-TIME: A tense half filled with tough tackles ends goalless. Croatia and Mexico both had a few good chances but couldn't capitalise, and now the final 45 minutes must separate the two teams. As it stands, with this game 0-0 and Brazil beating Cameroon 2-1, Brazil and Mexico would go through if the scores remain the same.

17:48

Man of the Match

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17:47
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Mexico
MexicoMEX

Statistics

Ball possession

57%
43%
6Fouls Committed6
1Attempts On Target1
6Shots4
0Total Goals scored0
0Penalties scored0
17:47
The referee brings the first half to an end.
17:47
17:46
45'+CORLUKA (Croatia) commits a foul.
17:46
45'+RAKITIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
17:45
45'+A. GUARDADO (Mexico) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on SRNA (Croatia).

Guardado comes in with a hard challenge on Srna, which the Croatian No11 doesn't appreciate and the two share some words before the referee intervenes.

17:44
45'H. HERRERA (Mexico) commits a foul.
17:41
42'H. MORENO (Mexico) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on PLETIKOSA (Croatia).
17:41
42'H. HERRERA (Mexico) swings in the corner.

Paul Aguilar flicks on Herrera's corner. Hector Moreno and Pletikosa go up for the ball but Mexico's captain is whistled for the foul.

17:40
41'CORLUKA (Croatia) blocks the shot.

Mexico look strong on another attack. This time Miguel Layun unleashes a shot but Vedran Corluka blocks the shot and clears for a corner.

17:40
41'M. LAYUN (Mexico) sees his effort hit the target.
17:39
40'SRNA (Croatia) strikes his free-kick wide.

HIGH: Srna's free-kick looks dangerous as it's dipping but it's too high to begin with and misses high.

17:38
39' R. MARQUEZ (Mexico) is booked by the referee.

Mexico's captain slides in from behind to bring down Perisic, halting a Croatian corner kick and El Tri's No4 earns a yellow.

17:38
39'R. MARQUEZ (Mexico) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:37
38'H. HERRERA (Mexico) takes a corner kick.
17:37
38'H. HERRERA (Mexico) swings in the corner.
17:36
37'A. GUARDADO (Mexico) swings in the corner.
17:35

Mexico earn another corner after strong build-up on the left.

17:34
35'VRSALJKO (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on G. DOS SANTOS (Mexico).
17:34

CAMEROON 1-2 BRAZIL
Neymar's second goal of the game puts Brazil back in the lead.

17:34
17:33
17:32
33'VRSALJKO (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:30
31'J. VAZQUEZ (Mexico) sees an effort go off target.

Jose Juan Vasquez takes a speculative effort from distance but misses well high and wide of the mark.

17:29
30'MODRIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:29

Now it's Perisic's turn to shoot, but he misses high as well.

17:28
29'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
17:27

CAMEROON 1-1 BRAZIL
Joel Matip equalises for the Indomitable Lions

17:26
27'PRANJIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.

Croatia's No3 has a good look on goal and opts to shoot. He strikes it well but misses high.

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17:22
23'H. MORENO (Mexico) blocks the shot.
17:22
23'OLIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
17:20

Srna puts in another good cross but Guillermo Ochoa is up to the task and punches clear.

17:18
19'O. PERALTA (Mexico) sees an effort go off target.

Peralta is played in and as he goes to shoot the No19 loses his footing and Pletikosa watches the ball go out for a goal-kick.

17:17

CAMEROON 0-1 BRAZIL
Neymar scores Brazil 2014's 100th goal and puts the hosts in the lead.

17:15
16'H. HERRERA (Mexico) rattles the crossbar.

WHAT A CHANCE! Mexico build-up out of the back and after some great possession Hector Herrera hits a thunderous striker that looks destined for the top corner but it smashes of the bar. He had Stipe Pletikosa beat, but the woodwork saved the Croatian keeper.

17:14

Darijo Srna whips in a bending cross that finds Perisic but his header is well wide.

17:13
14'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
17:13
14'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
17:11

Croatia build a quick counter-attack as Mario Mandzukic plays to Ivan Perisic. The No4 serves in a nice cross but the Croatian forwards aren't in the area yet. Marquez plays it safe, however, and clears for a corner kick.

17:11

Luka Modric receives some medical attention after clashing heads with Rafael Marquez, and play resumes as he temporarily steps off the field.

17:09
10'R. MARQUEZ (Mexico) commits a foul.
17:08
9' RAKITIĆ (Croatia) is cautioned.

Croatia's No7 is the latest to slide in with a hard challenge and he finds his way into the referee's book.

17:08
9'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on J. VAZQUEZ (Mexico).
17:08

This is an agressive start for both sides in Recife, with several fouls accumulated for both teams early on.

17:07
8'SRNA (Croatia) commits a foul.
17:06
7'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
17:06
7'PRANJIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
17:05
6'PRANJIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
17:05

Mexico's support in the Arena Pernambuco is overwhelming. There are small pockets of Croatian fans but the noise created by El Tri's fans early on is nothing short of impressive

17:03
3'O. PERALTA (Mexico) is penalised after committing a foul.

An early battle here between Croatia's Vedran Corluka and Mexico's Oribe Peralta. El Tri's No19 commits the foul here but that is unlikely the last time we'll see these two clash tonight.

17:00
The match kicks off.

Mexico kick off to start in Recife, wearing their traditional green kit.

16:59

STAT ATTACK:
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez is playing in his 15th World Cup match. That is one less than Croatia's all-time World Cup appearances.

16:56

And now it's El Tri's turn as the Himno Nacional Mexicano plays and echoes throughout the Arena Pernambuco. There's some tremendous Mexican support in the stands and both fans and players alike are singing along.

16:56

Croatia's national anthem, Lijepa Nasa Domovino, is the first to be played and the Vatreni are proudly singing.

16:55

Standings - Group A

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
BrazilBRA
4211031
MexicoMEX
4211010
CroatiaCRO
3210153
CameroonCMR
0200205
16:50

Your 11

These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.

Croatia
CroatiaCRO

1 Stipe PLETIKOSA, 2 Sime VRSALJKO, 3 Danijel PRANJIC, 4 Ivan PERISIC, 5 Vedran CORLUKA, 6 Dejan LOVREN, 7 Ivan RAKITIC, 8 Ognjen VUKOJEVIC, 10 Luka MODRIC, 9 Nikica JELAVIC, 17 Mario MANDZUKIC

Mexico
MexicoMEX

13 Guillermo OCHOA, 2 Francisco RODRIGUEZ, 4 Rafael MARQUEZ, 15 Hector MORENO, 22 Paul AGUILAR, 6 Hector HERRERA, 18 Andres GUARDADO, 21 Carlos PENA, 23 Jose VAZQUEZ, 10 Giovani DOS SANTOS, 19 Oribe PERALTA

16:49

GROUP A STANDINGS
A reminder of how things look presently in Group A. Croatia can reach the Round of 16 with a win. They can also advance if they draw Mexico and Cameroon beat Brazil. Mexico can move on with a win or a draw.

Standings - Group A

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
BrazilBRA
4211031
MexicoMEX
4211010
CroatiaCRO
3210153
CameroonCMR
0200205
16:47
16:45

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov

Referees at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™: RAVSHAN IRMATOV

16:43

RAFAEL MARQUEZ, MEXICO CAPTAIN
“This is our biggest game. We know we have to keep the momentum going. We worked so hard in our last two games and we don’t want to throw it all away against Croatia."

16:40

Head-to-Head

Croatia
CroatiaCRO
Mexico
MexicoMEX
.2Wins1.
.0Draws0.
5Total Goals scored2
16:38

NIKO KOVAC, CROATIA COACH
"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. They play some aggressive football with a lot of pressing. They are strong going forward, but also have some weaknesses in defence, like Brazil showed us."

16:33

TEN ON TEN
A look at the jerseys for the No10 from each team, Croatia's Luka Modric and Mexico's Giovani dos Santos.

16:30
16:29

DID YOU KNOW?
The 2002 meeting between Croatia and Mexico was the first of six World Cup matches played by current Croatia coach Nico Kovac.

16:23

MEXICO IN DEPTH
Take a look at El Tri's team profile and discover more about football in Mexico.

16:21

CROATIA IN DEPTH
Take a look at the Vatreni team profile and discover more about football in Croatia

16:20

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16:18

HEAD TO HEAD:
The sides have squared up on three previous occasions and Croatia lead the head-to-head series by two victories to one. However, both of the Europeans’ victories were in friendly matches, whereas Mexico won the only competitive fixture, 1-0 in the 2002 World Cup courtesy of a penalty from Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

16:09

CROATIA-MEXICO LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for the two teams have been announced!

16:08

GOOD AFTERNOON: 
Hello and thank you for joining us for the conclusion of Brazil 2014's Group A. Three teams are gunning for a spot in the Round of 16, but only two can progress. Croatia and Mexico are two of the three, with hosts Brazil being the other, so we should be in for a splendid match in Recife. So, stay with us here as we bring you the minute-by-minute action from the Arena Pernambuco, along with important updates from Cameroon-Brazil, which kicks off at the same time from the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

15:46

Weather

Arena Pernambuco, Recife

  • Cloudy
  • 26° CTemperature
  • 16 m/sWind
  • 82 %Humidity
15:46
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
  • 1PLETIKOSA (GK)
  • 2VRSALJKO
  • 3PRANJIĆ
  • 4PERIŠIĆ
  • 5CORLUKA
  • 6LOVREN
  • 7RAKITIĆ
  • 10MODRIĆ
  • 11SRNA (C)
  • 17MANDŽUKIĆ
  • 18OLIĆ
Mexico
MexicoMEX
  • 13G OCHOA (GK)
  • 2F RODRIGUEZ
  • 4R MARQUEZ (C)
  • 6H HERRERA
  • 7M LAYUN
  • 10G DOS SANTOS
  • 15H MORENO
  • 18A GUARDADO
  • 19O PERALTA
  • 22P AGUILAR
  • 23J VAZQUEZ

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