CRO
MEX
22:52
And that's yer lot - Mexico three, Croatia one. It wasn't a great game for most of it but with twenty minutes to go it got very silly indeed. Mexico even briefly looked like they might go on to top the group before Croatia and Brazil goals scuppered them. As it is, they'll go through to play the Netherlands in the second round. Brazil, meanwhile, will face Chile. Thanks for reading, and goodnight.
90'
Wow - Perisic could've set up a very tense final few minutes there, with a close-range volley that looked for all the world to be going in, but Ochoa tipped it away. A fine save.
Croatia Red card

Croatia

Mexico

88'
 
It's all happening. Ante Rebic, the substitute, sees red now for a challenge that was aggressive but still very harsh to be called a red card. It's all over now.
Croatia Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Right

86'
 
GOAL! And now they definitely won't be topping the group, because Croatia have reduced it to 3-1. Perisic gets down the left channel and though the angle is tight, he rifles in his effort past Ochoa and into the net.
Mexico Substitution
83'
Croatia earn a corner - Mexico look like they want another but it'll probably be in vain as Brazil have just bagged a fourth against Cameroon and surely secured top spot.
Mexico Goal

Header - Bottom Left

81'
 
GOAL! Good grief, what have Mexico found in this last spell? They're one goal away from topping Brazil in the group! This is incredible! A corner is flicked on for Javier Hernandez at the back post and he easily heads beyond the keeper to put Mexico on the brink of something phenomenal.
Mexico Substitution
77'
Peralta off, Pena on. Mexico would need two more to top the group, incidentally, assuming the scoreline in the Brazil game remains as it is...
Mexico Goal

Left Footed - Top Left

74'
 
GOAL! And another! Mexico are through via Andres Guardado. It was an excellent finish, blasted into the roof of the net, and the Mexico coach is going bonkers in jubilation. If Croatia fall apart here, it's not out of the realms of possibility that Mexico could top the group...
Croatia Substitution
72'
 
GOAL! Mexico surely fire themselves into the knockout stages, and it's Rafael Marquez who gets it after a fine delivery from Hector Herrera. Croatia will need two goals now - it's kitchen sink time.
Mexico Goal

Header - Bottom Right

Croatia Substitution
69'
Goodness me. A shocker of a backpass from Aguilar goes straight to Olic in space, but he tries to cross it and only finds a Mexico player. There would have been serious scenes if Croatia had scored then.
68'
How are Mexico not ahead? A Herrera corner has to be cleared off the line and then Croatia repeat the trick just minutes later. There is last-ditch defending, and then there is this.
Mexico Yellow card

Croatia

Mexico

65'
Aguilar gives his marker twisted blood before standing up a cross to the far side of the area for Guardado, and as he hits it, it whacks into Srna who has his arms outstretched, even as he tries to withdraw them. That should probably be a penalty. Mexico are going absolutely bananas. That will be very controversial if Croatia go on to prevail here.
64'
So, what can Manchester United forward Hernandez offer? He may not be in the best form but he is still a devastatingly effective goalscorer on his day. Is that today?
62'
 
Hernandez is on, and Giovani Dos Santos is the one who will make way. Mexico want that goal to secure their progress.
Mexico Substitution
60'
Corner again for Mexico after the free-kick predictably comes to nothing. Javier Hernandez is warming up.
58'
Another set-piece opportunity for Mexico. They've been rubbish at these so far - I wouldn't be at all comfortable if I was a Mexico fan right now though, Croatia look like they are well worth a goal here.
Croatia Substitution
55'
This is getting very testy now - there's a lot of scrappy midfield play, but one moment of genius here could be decisive.
51'
It's Brazil 3-1 Cameroon. Surely no possibility for Croatia to go through with a draw now.
49'
That was inches away - Mario Mandzukic races onto a pass from Ivan Rakitic, but the referee's flag is up to call for offside. Replays show it was very, very close indeed. Mexico are far from home and dry yet.
46'
And we're off again - what have Croatia got in the locker?
21:47
They will, but they can't do anything with it. A fairly even half ends nil-nil. Croatia need to find something else.
45+1'
Croatia have a late free-kick, and it's headed behind for a corner, which they'll just about get the chance to take before half-time.
43'
It looks like this is likely to be 0-0 at half-time. Croatia will be getting increasingly desperate if they can't find a way through, but they have players to change it. Mateo Kovacic will surely be one of the first names turned to.
41'
Layun! The left-back hammers in a shot with his right foot but it's blocked and out for a corner.
39'
Srna has a chance from a free-kick, but he curls it over the bar. Both sides need a bit of extra quality up front and a cutting edge. You can see why Mexico have opted for Peralta over Hernandez, but they've been very slow to introduce the Manchester United forward. He may not be in the best form but his record for Mexico is simply ludicrous.
Mexico Yellow card

Croatia

Mexico

37'
It's been rather more dramatic in the other game, meanwhile - Cameroon surprisingly equalised, before Neymar struck the hosts back ahead.
35'
A bit of handbags between the two sides as Modric and Dos Santos come together at the sideline. Not exactly the two players you'd guess would get into a scrap, but it's soon over and nobody receives any punishment.
30'
But now Croatia have chances - first Daniel Pranjic comes close, and then Mandzukic feeds it for Perisic, whose piledriver is only just over the bar.
26'
Croatia are still on top here, but Mexico have come by far the closest to scoring. The opposite to how you might expect it.
22'
This game has settled down a bit after a fairly bright start. A Croatia goal soon would liven this up - as time goes on Mexico will retreat deeper and deeper.
19'
Oof - a wonderful pass puts Peralta clean through on goal. He's onside, although the angle's tight and the keeper is advancing, but he slips just as he pulls the trigger and the chance goes begging.
17'
Elsewhere in the other game, Neymar has put Brazil into the lead. That will mean very little in the context of this game, however - Croatia still must win to go through.
16'
Mexico hit the bar! It's Hector Herrera with the effort, as the midfielder picks up the ball and despite the limited space, crashed a magnificent effort, straight as an arrow, onto the crossbar. The goalkeeper didn't have a prayer.
14'
Danger for Mexico as a corner is hoisted back in towards the towering figure of Mandzukic, but Moreno manages to get there first. That wasn't far away.
13'
Perisic gets into a fine position down the right but he elects to cross and the support is lagging behind - it's easily cleared by Marquez, and he may well regret not having a bash himself from that angle and distance.
11'
And now a clash of heads between Rafa Marquez and Modric - unsurprisingly, it's the Croatia midfielder who comes away the worse for wear.
9'
 
Miguel Layun goes raiding down the left, but he's blocked off, before Ivan Rakitic goes in with a scything challenge on Vazquez to get the first yellow card of the game. Getting tasty already.
Croatia Yellow card

Croatia

Mexico

8'
Croatia take it short, but it's whipped in for Ivan Perisic, whose volley is miles over.
6'
It comes to nothing, but Croatia soon win another after Moreno misjudges a defensive header. Early pressure from the Croats.
5'
Well, Mario Mandzukic is certainly showing no signs of a lack of fitness. He flies into a tackle on Hector Moreno to win a corner for his side.
3'
Croatia on the attack early, but unsurprisingly the atmosphere is somewhat hostile for them - the crowd is very pro-Mexico here.
1'
And we're underway. Croatia needing to attack from the start of course - a draw will do Mexico nicely.
20:55
Fairly standard anthem-singing, and we're about ready to get underway here.
20:50
So, a chance for Mexico here, if they lose, to avoid their traditional forgettable first-knockout-round exit. Not in the way they'd like to, but tough.

1986 - #MEX haven’t won their final group game at a World Cup since 1986. Hurdle.

20:40
Not very likely to happen at all, but consider the scenes if Brazil really did go out here. I don't think anything we've seen before would compare. They'll be hoping they can grow into the tournament - if there's one obvious outcome to this World Cup it's that it will be won by a team playing badly at the moment - but they'll have to be up to speed pretty soon with Chile waiting around the corner.
20:35
There was something of a controversy surrounding the Mexico supporters of late, with them using their own version of the much-beloved "WoooooooooOOOOOOAAAAHHHH.... You're s**t-Ahhh!" chant that accompanies goal kicks from time to time in England. The Mexican version involves a rude word which has been used as a pejorative against gay men, but as that's not its literal meaning they've been cleared of improper conduct.
20:25
Meanwhile for Mexico, it's again Oribe Peralta who starts up front. He's been rather mixed so far, but given Javier Hernandez's massive drop in form it's quite understandable.
20:20
Mario Mandzukic's fitness will be an interesting thing to watch - he missed the first game and he may not at all be at 100%, which Croatia will require to stand their best chance. The Ivan-Rakitic-Luka Modric midfield axis may be where this team's power resides, but they need someone capable of finishing the chances they'll create.
20:10
CROATIA: Pletikosa, Vrsaljko, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic. /// MEXICO: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez.
20:05
Hello! ¡Hola! Zdravo! The World Cup is hotting up now, and Group A is about to be decided. Cameroon are already out, and they'll be playing Brazil, but the rest is all up for grabs. It's likely one of these two teams here, Mexico and Croatia, will be eliminated. The only way they can both go through is if they draw and Brazil lose to Cameroon. With the latter being unlikely, they'll basically both be fighting it out for a place in the knockout stages. Croatia need to win, but a draw will probably see Mexico through.

Starting Line-ups

Croatia
Mexico
    • 1
      Pletikosa
    • 2
      Vrsaljko
    • 6
      Lovren
    • 5
      Corluka
    • 11
      Srna
    • 3
      Pranjic
    • 7
      Rakitic
    • 18
      Olic
    • 10
      Modric
    • 4
      Perisic
    • 17
      Mandzukic
Team Manager:  Niko Kovac
    • 10
      dos Santos
    • 19
      Peralta
    • 6
      Herrera
    • 23
      Vázquez
    • 18
      Andrés Guardado
    • 22
      Aguilar
    • 2
      Maza
    • 4
      Márquez
    • 15
      Héctor Moreno
    • 7
      Miguel Layún
    • 13
      Ochoa
Team Manager:  Miguel Herrera
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Pletikosa 0 1 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
D. Lovren 0 0 0 1 9 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
V. Corluka 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
D. Srna 0 0 1 2 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
S. Vrsaljko 0 0 0 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 58
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
L. Modric 0 0 0 43 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
I. Rakitic 0 1 0 62 0 5 1 0 1 0 0 90
I. Perisic 1 0 5 26 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
D. Pranjic 0 0 1 30 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 74
I. Olic 0 0 0 17 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 69
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. Mandzukic 0 0 0 16 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Ochoa 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Héctor Moreno 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
R. Márquez 1 1 1 1 5 0 2 2 1 0 0 90
P. Aguilar 0 0 2 3 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
Maza 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Miguel Layún 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
H. Herrera 0 1 1 52 0 6 2 3 0 0 0 90
J. Vázquez 0 0 1 42 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 90
Andrés Guardado 1 0 1 27 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 84
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
O. Peralta 0 1 1 21 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 79
G. dos Santos 0 0 0 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 62
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