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FULL-TIME: Croatia 1-3 Mexico

Posted: 23 June 2014 Time: 21:12

Mexico earned a hard-fought 3-1 win over Croatia to secure their Last 16 berth at this year's Fifa World Cup.

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Full-Time: Croatia 1-3 Mexico

94' - And it's all over! Mexico qualify for the Last 16 for the sixth successive time! Croatia beaten and their tournament is over.

92' - CHANCE! Perisic's volley denied by Ochoa! Brilliant save!

90' - Four minutes of stoppage time. Seemingly the last four minutes of Croatia's World Cup campaign.

88' - RED CARD! Substitute Rebic given a straight red for a studs up challenge on Pena!

86' - GOAL! Perisic brings one back for Croatia!

85' - Brazil are now 4-1 up in the group's other fixture. Almost signed and sealed that Mexico will face Holland in the Round of 16.

82' - Mexico SUB: Fabian (ON) for goal-scorer Guardado (OFF)

81' - GOAL! Hernandez now with a goal as he heads the resukting corner in the back of the net!

80' - Try as thhey might, Croatia cannot find a way through, and are left exposed at the back as Mexico find acres of space in the opposition half and win a corner.

79' - Mexico SUB: Pena (ON) for Peralta (OFF)

77' - CHANCE! Croatia come close as Moreno clears off the line!

75' - GOAL! Guardado blasts home after being left unmarked in front of goal! Seems to be all over for Croatia now!

74' - Jelavic (ON) for Pranjic (OFF). Croatia with three strikers on the field now.

73' - Aguilar clears as a ball is fizzed across the Mexican goal. Croatia need two now to progress!

72' - GOAL! Marquez heads home the resulting corner! Mexico 1-0 up!

70' - Hernandez with a run down the left, but his cross is blocked off for a corner.

69' - Croatia SUB: Wild-card Rebic (ON) for Olic (OFF)

65' - Vazquez booked, and will miss the next match should Mexico progress.

64' - Corluka now clears off the line from a Mexican corner!

63' - Mexican players and staff incensed as Guardado's thumping drive is handled in the box! No spot kick given!

62' - Less than half an hour for Croatia to find a breakthrough...

61' - Mexico SUB: Hernandez (ON) for Dos Santos (OFF)

60' - Mexico with a set piece near the corner flag, yet Guardado's delivery is poor and over-cooked.

58' - Moreno thwarts a Croatian attack, and wins a free-kick in his own box as Olic slides in late on the defender.

57' - Croatia make the first substitute of the match as Kovacic comes on for Vrsaljko.

56' - Dos Santos slips in a ball for Peralta, but Srna slides in and its a Mexico corner. Peralta headers the resulting set piece wide.

55' - Ten minutes gone of the second period, yet no clear-cut chances in front of goal for either side.

53' - Mexico enjoying a bit of possession, but their patient build-up amounts to nothing. Croatia break, but Pranjic's ball in is too strong for Mandzukic.

50' - Brazil have now gone 3-1 up. Seems a foregone conclusion to that game, so now the pressure is solely on Croatia to get all three points in this game to advance.

49' - Mandzukic played in, but Ochoa races off his line to snuff out the danger!

48' - Corner for Croatia, yet there's a push in the box and Mexico win a free-kick. Croatia definitely looking the more threatening of the two sides in the opening stages of the second half.

47' - Modric and Vazquez wrestle in midfield and Croatia win a free-kick. Rakitic sends it in, but doesn't find a team mate.

45' - Second half kicks off! Mexico are through as things stand. Can Croatia find their illusive goal?

Half-time: Croatia 0-0 Mexico

And it's goalless at the break! Mexico the happier of the two sides if things stay as is, Croatia needing a goal in the second period.

46' - Rakitic whips in a free-kick from the right touchline, but the resilient Mexican defence heads clear. Croatia win a corner, yet Mexico once again stand firm.

45' - Two additional minutes added on.

43' - Srna's diagonal ball into the box is headed clear by Moreno! Game opening up a bit just before the break.

40' - Layun's shot is deflected out for another Mexican corner. The ball comes in, but Moreno fouls Pletikosa in the Croatian goal as Mexico's third corner produces no end product.

39' - Skipper Darijo Srna takes the spot-kick, but it doesn't dip enough as Ochoa watches it over his head.

37' - Two successive corners for Mexico, but the Croatian defence stands firm. The Europeans break, and Marquez concedes a foul in front of his own D and is booked for that challenge.

35' - Guardado's cross from the left is deflected out for a corner. He takes it, but Olic headers clear. News comes in that Brazil have retaken the lead against Cameroon. Fans watching this game looking for goals might be regretting buying tickets for this particular encounter...

34' - A few rough challenges being made by both sides in the middle of the park. A bit early for players from either side to get too frustrated...

32' - 101 goals in this year's Mundial so far, but none forthcoming in this encounter just yet.

31' - Vazquez tries his luck from distance but his wild effort is high, wide and handsome.

28' - CHANCE! Ivan Perisic picks up a loose ball but his volley is wide off the mark!

27' - Most of the game being played in MExico's half. Croatia with 61% of the ball as we head to the half-hour mark.

26' - Cameroon have now eqaulised against Brazil! Might change things a little, if this result ends in favour of Mexico, who would then top Group A.

25' - Mexico with a bit of the ball now, as Aguilar's run is closed down, and he shoots wide.

23' - Olic working hard down the left-hand side for Croatia, yet his pass into the box is intercepted as Mexico clear their lines once more. Croatia with the majority of the ball as they look for a way through.

22' - Still a cagey affair in midfield as both sides eye each other out. No clear-cut goal mouth action as Mexico block an Olic attempt.

18' - CHANCE! Perfectly weighted ball in for Peralta, who slips just before his shot at goal! Goal-kick Croatia.

17' - News coming in that Brazil have taken the lead through star forward Neymar. If things stay as is, Mexico go through, Croatia go home.

16' - CHANCE! Mexico hit the crossbar! First dangerous play by El Tri, and Herrera's shot from range bounces off the woodwork!

12' - Good run from Perisic down the right for Croatia, puts in a ball for the on-rushing olic, who just can't get there. Croatia do win a corner though, which bobs around the 18-yard area before Mexico eventually clear.

10' - Very little to choose between these two sides in terms of their Fifa ranking - Croatia in 18th place, Mexico in 20th. So far very little to choose between them on the field of play as well.

8' - Rakitic is the first name to enter the referee's book after a sliding challenge in midfield.

6' - Another corner for Croatia, taken short before a ball is whipped in and Ivan Perisic volleys over for a goal-kick.

4' - Mandzukic wins the game's first corner for Croatia. Pranjic takes, headed clear by Layun.

2' - Loud jeers from the crowd when Croatia are on the ball. Big Central American crowd in recife.

1' - And we're underway! This will be the last 90 minutes for one of these two sides in this year's World Cup! Croatia in their red strip, Mexico in their traditional green kit.

The national anthems sound around the vocal Arena Pernambuco in Recife, which is dominated by Mexican fans.

It's all to play for between these two sides, though Mexico have the slight advantage as they sit on four points after two games, while Croatia have three. The European side need a win to guarantee qualification, while a draw would be good enough for El Tri.

The team line-ups have been announced:

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

Mexico XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez

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