Mexico Defeats Croatia 3-1, Moves On In The World Cup

Mexico advances to the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Croatia.

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And that’s it, Mexico wins and advances in Group A. Brazil wins the group and will face Chile. Mexico is the runner-up and moves on to take on Netherlands.

Ochoa with a big save late to preserve the 3-1 lead.

Ante Rebić comes in way late, gets a red card for the reckless challenge. Croatia down to 10 men.


Croatia not ready to quit yet! They cut the lead to 3-1. The first goal Guillermo Ochoa has given up in the World Cup.

Chicharito finds the back of the net. Mexico dominating Croatia, up 3-0.

Mexico gets a third goal. Chicharito Hernandez heads it home. Mexico 3-0.

Croatia fans look devastated.


Miguel Herrera celebrates his team’s second goal. Mexico is moving on to the knockout round.

Here is Mexico’s second goal.

Mexico strikes again. Andres Guardado with the goal. Mexico 2-0.


Rafa Marquez becomes only the second Mexican player to score in three different World Cups.

Goal Mexico! Rafa Marquez with the header. Mexico up 1-0.


Here is the handball by Croatia that the referees didn’t call. Still tied 0-0.

“Chicharito” yelling at the ref after the officials missed the clear handball.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera reacts to the no-call on the handball by Croatia.

The refs miss an obvious handball by Croatia.

Brazil now up 3-1 on Cameroon. If results hold, Brazil wins the group and advances along with Mexico, the Group A runner-up.

“Chicharito” enters the game for Mexico.

Second half begins. All square at 0-0. Croatia needs to break the tie or their World Cup is over.

The Mexican fans are still chanting “puto,” which is slang for “fag,” “man-whore,” or “coward.” A FIFA investigation of whether the chant was being used as an anti-gay slur determined it “not considered insulting in this particular context.”

Scuffle breaks out under the net after a Mexico corner. Mexico and Croatia still even 0-0 late in the first half.


Mexico captain Rafa Marquez gets carded for this take down from behind.


Brazil up on Cameroon 2-1. If these results hold, Brazil and Mexico will advance from Group A.

This is how close Mexico was to going up 1-0.

25 minutes gone in the first half and Mexico and Croatia are still all square, 0-0.

Mexico’s Oribe Peralta and Croatia’s Vedran Corluka battle for the ball. AP Photo/Hassan Amma

Another chance for Mexico, but Peralta slipped


Mexico hits the post. So close.


Guillermo Ochoa denies the shot. Croatia charging forward though, spending a lot of time near the Mexico goal early in the first half.

Hard foul earns Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic the first yellow card of the match.


Great stadium shot from a spectator at Arena Pernambuco.

We’re underway in Recife!

Mexican goalie Guillermo Ochoa is yet to allow a goal in World Cup 2014 and is coming off a huge match vs. Brazil where he led his team to 0-0 draw.

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Here are the starting lineups for Mexico and Croatia.


If Brazil beats the struggling Cameroon as expected Monday, the Brazilians will win the group and face Chile in the knockout round. The team that advances from Mexico vs. Croatia would then be the Group A runner-up and face Netherlands.

Mexico holds the slight edge over Croatia going into Monday’s match. Croatia will need the win to guarantee a trip to the next round. Mexico can advance with a win or draw.

Here are the updated World Cup standings.

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