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Croatia vs Mexico

Croatia vs Mexico

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Croatia vs Mexico

Croatia have been a little unlucky in this tournament.  They were very hard done by to have lost against Brazil and with their outstanding midfield and for us they are a loss to the tournament.

Group A ended with Brazil winning it and Mexico (who have been great) finished second.  Both teams knew the winner of this was going through so it was a pressure game.

This game ended with Mexico going through with a 3-1 win.  Their forward line is strong and they have the potential, like many South American teams to do well here.  The heat I think could be getting to people as it is the South American teams really hitting the high notes.

It was a hard hitting game as both teams knew what was at stake.  Olic was as good as he has been and went close a few times.  Herrera hit the post with a long range left footed shot as well so both teams would shoot.

Croatia had to win though and that was their problem.  As time ticked on they needed to get on the score sheet but as Mexico pushed for the attack the Croatians became happy to go for the counter attack – that is what let them down.

The Mexico fans sang out to motivate their players as their super captain Marquez delivered.  A defender stepped up and opened the scoring with a captain’s header.  Then, the crowd went crazy singing their hearts out.

Guardado added a second and Hernandez headed in a 3rd all within ten minutes.  Yes Perisic who’s had a good tournament got one back before the end of normal time but it was all Mexico.

Mexico finish second and go through from Group A.  It ended Croatia vs Mexico (1-3) and it was a good match.

Mexico World Cup, Cameroon

Mexico vs Cameroon

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It’s on – Mexico vs Cameroon

Very simply Mexico should get to the knock out stages.  Yes, they will have some resistance from Croatia but they are a cracking team, as Cameroon found out.

Cameroon have a couple of big names and as good as Samuel Eto’o is he isn’t the force he used to be.  Mexico looked very sharp indeed and Marquez, Herrera, Giovani, Peralta and Hernandez will cause problems for anyone who faces them.

In heavy rain, Dos Santos scored a great volley from a cross on the 11th minute mark to have it incorrectly ruled out.  He didn’t fare any better in the second half as he scored from a flicked on corner and was deemed offside again!  The linesman should have got both of these right and given that Mexico were running the game anything less than a win would have been robbery.

To their credit though they just got on with it.

Cameroon had a couple of chances but you could see Samuel Eto’o was left on his own with no support.  Also ex Arsenal player Alex Song let himself down.  He seemed to have picked up the falling over and play acting well from Barcelona.

Finally they scored and were able to keep their goal.  Peralta started ahead of Javier Hernandez and got the winner justifying the manager’s call.  He showed great composure to score a sweet left footed shot to give Mexico the win they totally deserved.

Hernandez also got 20 minutes in the game and was unlucky not to score with some good attempts.  In short Mexico won 1-0 but it should have been more.