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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 19, 2014

Mexico

  • 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.

Brazil

  • 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

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

Croatia

  • 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

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.

Group A Headlines for June 15, 2014

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Via twitter.com/record_mexico

 

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

  • 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

  • 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.

Cameroon

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

Croatia

  • 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.

GROUP A HEADLINES FOR JUNE 12, 2014

Mexico

  • Mexico will play in their traditional uniform: green top, white bottoms, and red socks.
  • Miguel Herrera kept with his tradition of announcing the starting XI the day before the game. Ochoa , Marquez, Maza, Moreno, Aguilar, Layun, Vazquez, Herrera, Guardado, Peralta, and Gio will be the ones to represent Mexico at the start tomorrow against Cameroon.
  • ‘Chicharito’ doesn’t want to just be seen as a supersub and benchwarmer.
  • Ochoa talks about the long wait to become El Tri’s starting goalkeeper.

Brazil

  • Brazil won the opening match against Croatia 3-1.

Cameroon

  • Volker Finke considers Cameroon on the same level as Mexico.

Croatia

  • Niko Kovac considered the penalty handed to Brazil as unjust, but says that his team can get to the next round.

Group A Headlines for June 11, 2014

Mexico

  • Mexico made it to Natal, the city where they will play their opening game against Cameroon. It took the team about seven hours from hotel to hotel but they were greeted by fans at their final destination.
  • The federation reported that there were spies from enemy camps watching a training session.

Brazil

  • Brazil trained at the Arena de Sao Paolo in preparation of the opening match against Croatia.

Cameroon

  • Jean Makoun sees the game against Mexico as a six point game. He also says that Cameroon will fight for second place in the group against Mexico and Croatia as first place is Brazil’s.

Croatia