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GROUP A HEADLINES FOR JUNE 22, 2014

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.

Mexico

  • 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.

Brazil

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

Cameroon

  • 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.

Croatia

  • 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.”

 

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It all comes down to this…

Oribe will look to boost Mexico into the round of 16 (Getty)

Mexico has fought its way to 2nd in Group A, sitting with Brazil at 4 points. Come Monday, Mexico will face 3rd in the Group, Croatia, in a do or die match.

Croatia is coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Cameroon. However, the scoreline is a bit deceptive to the eye, as Cameroon gave up three goals after Song received a red-card in the first half.

Brazil is all but through to the knockouts, which means its a battle for the round of 16 between Mexico and Croatia. It makes things a little bit easier for Mexico as they only need a tie to advance, and Croatia must win to advance. Though don’t think for a second that Piojo as instilled a “lets just tie” mentality into the minds of El Tri.

Croatia is a very talented side, especially with Mandzukic returning. Yet, they do lack speed and condition in the defense. During the match against  Cameroon, the Croatians were doing their best to find breaks in the match, and Recife doesn’t project cool and calm weather. It will be muggy and hard on the endurance, which should favor Mexico.

It should also be noted that Croatia has been making some fairly overconfident comments heading into the match. Modric claimed that Mexico is not at the level of Croatia, and that Ochoa is not as good as people are claiming.

The manager of Croatia has also made statements saying that Mexico has been figured out, and that they should claim the three points without problem.

Big words have been said, but on Monday, it all goes down on the pitch. This is the time when Mexico can show that they aren’t here by accident.

Vamos México!

Group A Headlines For June 16, 2014

Mexico

  • 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.

     

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.

Cameroon

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

Croatia

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

Mexico 1, Cameroon 0: Dominating the Lions

Peralta scored Mexico's lone goal against Cameroon. (Credit: Getty)
Peralta scored Mexico’s lone goal against Cameroon. (Credit: Getty)

Mexico opened up their World Cup run in Natal with a 1-0 win against Cameroon thanks to a goal from Oribe Peralta.

Two goals were disallowed for the Mexican side, but a lone goal was enough to take all three points while playing under pouring rain.
Continue reading Mexico 1, Cameroon 0: Dominating the Lions

Group A Headlines for June 9, 2014

Mexico

  • The Mexican media strongly suggests that Ochoa will be the starting goalkeeper for this World Cup.
  • Mexico had to use taxis to get to training as their bus broke down. It has now been fixed.
From rafamarquezmx.
From rafamarquezmx.

 

Brazil

  • Neymar scared Brazil during training when he rolled his ankle.  All seems to be fine.

Cameroon

  • The team made it to Brazil after working out an agreement in regards to their payments for the World Cup.

Croatia