Croatia vs Mexico 1-3 ! 2014 FIFA World Cup 23… by freshcrazyvideo
For a brief flicker it looked as if Mexico would astonishingly top Group A as they tore Croatia apart, but they eventually had to settle with mere qualification and a last-16 tie with Holland after beating Niko Kovac’s side at a canter.
Three second half goals were enough to sweep the Europeans aside – despite a late Ivan Perisic consolation – as they progress out of a group that looked altogether trickier than they made it seem.
Rafael Marquez sent a bullet header beyond Stipe Pletikosa to open the scoring before Andres Guardado added a second just three minutes later.
Javier Hernandez, who changed the game off the bench, added a third as they sought more goals to top the group. But a late Fernandinho strike in Brazil’s game against Cameroon meant Mexico would have to settle for a runners-up spot.
Mexico have only conceded one goal in this tournament thus far and will fancy their chances against Louis van Gaal’s trailblazers.
Croatia: Pletikosa, Vrsaljko (Sammir 58), Pranjic (Jelavic 74), Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic (Rebic 69).
Subs: Zelenika, Subasic, Vida, Schildenfeld, Vukojevic, Badelj, Brozovic, Kovacic, Eduardo.
Goal: Perisic 87
Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos (Hernandez 62), Moreno, Guardado (Fabian 84), Peralta (Pena 79), Aguilar, Vazquez
Subs: Corona, Talavera, Salcido, Reyes, Ponce, Brizuela, Aquino, Jimenez, Pulido.
Goals: Marquez 72, Guardado 75, Hernandez 82