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Andrea Martinez is a multilingual sports enthusiast currently pursing a journalism, political science degrees. Going in to dental healthcare.

June 14, 2015 update

A quick update on the recent news surrounding the Mexican national teams!

Mexico drew their first game in Copa America. They played to a 0-0 draw against Bolivia. Their next game is on June 15 against the host country, Chile. Unfortunately, Rafael Marquez will be out for the games against Chile and Ecuador.

On June 5, the Mexico U-20s lost 2-0 against Serbia and were knocked out of the U-20 World Cup.

Call ups for the Gold Cup were released.

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Mexico drew against Colombia 1-1 on June 9 in their opening game in the Women’s World Cup and lost 2-1 against England on June 13. Their next game is against France on June 17, but Mexico is currently last in Group F.
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Live Update: Mexico vs Croatia

Line ups

Mexico: Ochoa, Márquez, Moreno, Rodríguez, Layún, Aguilar, Herrera, Vázquez, Guardado, Peralta, Dos Santos.

Croatia:  Pletikosa, Corluka, Lovren, Mandzukic, Modric, Olic, Perisic, Pranjic, Rakitic, Srna, Vrsaljko.

15′ Long distance shot by Hector Herrera hits the post. Close one for Mexico!

18′ Peralta sends a shot wide.

At Half Time: Mexico 0-0 Croatia

63′ Clear penalty in Mexico’s favor. Handball and nothing given.

64′ Srna clears a ball on the line.




86′ Goal Croatia by Perisic! 

Red for Rebic for foul on Peña.

Mexico 3-1 Croatia.

Mexico are through as second in the group and will play the Netherlands.

Brazil 4- 1 Cameroon


Match Facts

  • The referee for Mexico vs Croatia will be Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan. He previously refereed Swizterland’s 2-1 win against Ecuador.
  • Mexico will wear their green shirt tomorrow paired with black shorts.


  • Captain Rafael Marquez says it feels like the first time…at a World Cup. He also states that Mexico will be playing for a win not just a needed draw.
  • Miguel Herrera is repeating the starting XI of the previous games: Ochoa, Aguilar, Maza, Márquez, Moreno, Layún; Vázquez, Herrera, Guardado; Dos Santos, Peralta.
  • Herrera also said Mexico would qualify for the next round and said that Croatia’s pre-game talks had to be equaled on the field.


  • Scolari says that adjusting their goal in the final match in order to pick a second round opponent is ‘stupid.’


  • Although the match between Brazil and Cameroon has been identified as one vulnerable to match fixing due to the fact that Cameroon has been eliminated, Finke says that such a scenario is out of the question.


  • Luka Modric began to heat things up before the match saying,” “I think that we are a better team, and better individuals, than Mexico and that we will show that tomorrow.”




  • FIFA is looking into the popular “P*to” chant by fans. There is a possibility of economic sanctions with the most severe being point deductions for the team. Mexico is not the only one that will be investigated for discriminatory chants. Russia, Croatia, and Brazil are allegedly being investigated for similar behavior.
  • Mexico will play in the traditional green jersey and red socks, but this time they will use black shorts instead of white shorts for the upcoming game against Croatia.


  • Despite missing out on three points, Scolari saw an improvement in Brazil’s play during the match against Mexico.
  • Neymar has a “blonde” curse.


  • Cameroon lost their second group game against Croatia and are out of the World Cup.


  • Niko Kovac is confident that his team can get a win against Mexico is their final group game.
  • Croatia won their game against Cameroon and still have hopes to advance to the group stage. A win against Mexico is necessary for the team to more forward. Bayern Munich striker returned from a one match ban and will face Mexico. He scored two goals in Croatia’s win.

Group A Headlines For June 16, 2014


  • Miguel Herrera tweeted that Mexico’s starting XI against Brazil would be the same as the one against Cameroon. As a reminder of those XI: Ochoa, Aguilar, Maza, Márquez, Moreno, Layún; Vázquez, Herrera, Guardado; Dos Santos, Peralta.
  • Oribe Peralta talked to FIFA about making the game difficult against Brazil.



  • Hulk is a doubt for the game against Mexico, but his final status won’t be decided until the start of the game.
  • Scolari doesn’t want Brazil to underestimate Mexico.


  • Samuel Eto’o will most likely miss the game against Croatia and the following game against Brazil.


  • Niko Kovac plans to keep his attacking plan for the game against Cameroon.

Group A Headlines for June 15, 2014



The referee for the game against Brazil will be Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey.

Also,  Marco Rodriguez(aka Chiquimarco) will referee the game of Belgium against Algeria.


  • Mexico were serenaded in Fortaleza by hundreds of el Tri fans. Several players (and Miguel Herrera) documented the serenades on their social media accounts.
  • Hector Moreno wants to silence the Brazilian crowd on Tuesday. Since Mexico will be playing the home team that might mean that el Tri is at a disadvantage with the number of fans, but that is just extra motivation.


  • Brazil arrived in Fortaleza for their game against Mexico on Tuesday.
  • Hulk left training early Sunday after feeling pain in his hamstring. He later spoke to the media and said he should be well enough to play against Mexico.


  • Eto’o missed training due to a recurring knee problem.


  • Croatian players are currently boycotting the media due to nude photos that were taken while they were in a private pool.
  • Luka Modric was cleared for training after undergoing a foot scan. He is expected to play against Cameroon.