World Cup Brazil: Strong Mexico deserves entry second round; Croatia out after 1-3 defeat
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — Team The Netherlands will continue
World Cup 2014 in Brazilwith a match against Mexico. In a direct confrontation in Recife, the
Mexican soccer teamwas too strong for
Croatia, that now becomes third in
World Cup group B. Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez scored for Team Mexico, Ivan Perisic scored for Croatia: 1-3.
After fifteen minutes, the Mexicans were close to the opening goal. A beautiful shot from Hector Herrera hit the top corner of the goal, above Croatian goalie Stipe Pletikosa. On the other side Danijel Pranjic was close but his long distance kick was missed.
After an hour of play, Mexico should be given a penalty kick when Darijo Srna touched Andres Guardado's ball like a professional volleyball player. However, referee Ravshan Irmatov saw no harm in it.
With twenty minutes to go, the deserved Mexican goal was there after all. Good old Rafael Marquez (35) headed a corner kick via the ground into Pletikosa's cage: 1-0.
Five minutes later, Guardado decided the soccer match in Arena Pernambuco. Through a well-executed counterattack Guardado could score: 2-0. Ten minutes before time, the final score was decided at 3-0. A flick-on by Marquez was headed in at the far post by Javier Hernandez.
Croatia could score by Ivan Perisic only just before time. The winger of VfL Wolfsburg scored by a low shot:
3-1. A minute later, Ante Rebic made his team look bad after a dirty jump tackle on Carlos Pena. This misbehavior was rightly punished with a red card.
Matches & Standings Group A - World Cup 2014