Mexico has impressively qualified for the World Cup knockout stages. The 3-1 win against Croatia submitted but only to place 2: Now wait the Netherlands.
LOSER OF THE GAME: Ivan Perisic, Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic. Four goals against Cameroon. “Our weapon,” said coach Niko Kovac . Against Mexico ? A hit of Perisic (87), but since everything was already over.
WINNERS OF THE GAME: Hector Herrera. Maybe one of the best kept secrets of this World Cup. A great six. Often unremarkable, unless he can shake the goal with a powerful shot to the top corner. On closer inspection Abräumer, impeller and link in one person.
GLÜCKSPILZ OF THE GAME: Rafael Marquez . 35 years old. Chill since his birth captain of the Mexicans. Playing his fourth World Cup. Met in its 15th championship game finally into the goal. His team-mates celebrated him as it was the winning goal in the World Cup final.
FACT OF THE GAME: Mexico is the sixth time in succession in the second round. Mexico is five times successively eliminated in the second round.
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 267 How long was Mexico at this World Cup without conceding a goal. Then hit Perisic. Conclusion: Mexico has a good defense. Now they must hold against the Dutch.
WHAT ELSE TO SAY WOULD BE: “We were not so bad, but the opponent was better.” (Croatia coach Niko Kovac )
CROATIA : Pletikosa / FK Rostov (35 Jahre/114 caps) – Srna / Shakhtar Donetsk (32/115), Corluka / Lokomotiv Moscow (28/75), Lovren / Southampton FC (24/28), Pranjic / Panathinaikos Athens (32 / 52) from 74 Jelavic / Hull City (28/35) – Vrsaljko / FC Genoa (22/9). 58 Kovacic / Inter Milan (20/13), Modric / Real Madrid (28/78) – Perisic / VfL Wolfsburg (25/32), Rakitic / FC Sevilla (26/65), Olic / VfL Wolfsburg (34/95) from 69 Rebic / Fiorentina (20/8) – Mandzukic / Bayern Munich (28/52). – Coach: Kovac
MEXICO : Ochoa / AC Ajaccio (28/60) – Rodriguez / América (32/96), Marquez / León (35/123), Moreno / Espanyol Barcelona (26/56) – Aguilar / América (28/31) Vazquez / Leon (26/8), Layun / América (25/16) – Herrera / FC Porto (24/16), Guardado / Bayer Leverkusen (27/105) from 84th Fabian / Cruz Azul (24/18) – Peralta / Santos Laguna (30/31) from. 79 Peña / León (24/15), Dos Santos / FC Villarreal (25/77) from 62 Hernández / Manchester United (26/65). – Coach: Herrera
REFEREES: Rawshan Irmatow (Uzbekistan). – GATES: 0:1 Marquez (72), 0:2 Guardado (75), 0:3 Hernandez (82), 1:3 Perisic (87). – AUDIENCE: 42 212 in Recife . – BEST PLAYERS: Corluka – Guardado, Herrera, Marquez. – YELLOW CARDS: Rakitic – Marquez, Vazquez. – RED CARD: Rebic for serious foul play (89). – ADVANCED STATISTICS: Shots: 10:10. – Corners: 7:9. – Possession: 55:45% (source: IMPIRE)