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World Cup: Cameroon 0-4 Croatia

Mario Madzukic celebrates after scoring against Cameroon

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Highlights: Cameroon 0-4 Croatia

Cameroon failed to progress beyond the World Cup group stage once again as they slumped to defeat against Croatia.

The African side fell behind in the 11th minute as Ivica Olic fired home, and were reduced to 10 men after Alex Song lashed out at Mario Mandzukic.

Ivan Perisic made it 2-0 when he punished goalkeeper Charles Itandje's poor clearance, before Mandzukic headed home Croatia's third.

Mandzukic added his second, tapping in after Eduardo's shot was parried.

Niko Kovac's side now face Mexico in their final Group A game knowing victory would assure them of a place in the last 16 for the first time in four attempts.

But Cameroon have failed to reach the second round for their fifth successive World Cup.

They looked rudderless without injured captain Samuel Eto'o, and their task became more difficult when Song lost his cool five minutes before the break.

The Barcelona midfielder inexplicably lashed out at Mandzukic's back as he tracked the Croatia striker, and referee Pedro Proenca had no hesitation in showing him a red card.

Cameroon were already a goal down, with Olic having tapped in after a lovely pass from the impressive Perisic.

Cameroon team-mates Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Ben Moukandjo square up to each other

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Cameroon players bust-up after Croatia defeat

Wolfsburg midfielder Perisic, who has been linked with Everton, then went close with a header before he doubled Croatia's advantage with a excellent run and finish after Itandje found him with a poor kick.

Mandzukic, who was suspended for Croatia's opening game, then showed his aerial prowess by netting a powerful header following Danijel Pranjic's corner.

And the Bayern Munich striker completed the rout with an easy tap-in after the nervy Itandje could only push substitute Eduardo's tame shot into his path.

Cameroon's best attempt came in the dying seconds, when substitute Pierre Webo's header forced Stipe Pletikosa to save brilliantly.

And there was still time for the four-time African champions' full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto to thrust his head at team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo during an argument in stoppage time.

Cameroon still have to face hosts Brazil, and will have to improve markedly in both performance and discipline if they are to avoid another embarrassment.

Alex Song of Cameroon walks off the field after receiving a red card
Song's (left) uncle Rigobert was sent off in two World Cups
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (second left) heads the ball
Mandzukic, who scored twice, was Croatia's player of the year in 2012 and 2013
Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje looks at the ball after Croatia"s forward Ivica Olic scores
Itandje had a night to forget in the Cameroon goal
Cameroons Pierre Webo (centre) tries to separate team-mates Benjamin Moukandjo (left) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Moukandjo (left) and Assou-Ekotto were involved in an ugly incident towards the end

Line-ups

Cameroon

  • 16Itandje
  • 17Mbia
  • 2Assou-Ekotto
  • 21Matip
  • 3N'Koulou
  • 14ChedjouSubstituted forNounkeuat 45'minutes
  • 8Moukandjo
  • 6SongBooked at 40mins
  • 10AboubakarSubstituted forWebóat 70'minutes
  • 18Enoh
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted forSalliat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Feudjou
  • 4Djeugoue
  • 5Nounkeu
  • 7N'Guémo
  • 9Eto'o
  • 11Makoun
  • 12Bedimo
  • 15Webó
  • 19Olinga Essono
  • 20Salli
  • 22Nyom
  • 23Ndjock

Croatia

  • 1Pletikosa
  • 11Srna
  • 3Pranjic
  • 7Rakitic
  • 5Corluka
  • 6Lovren
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forRebicat 78'minutes
  • 10Modric
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 19Cruz CamposSubstituted forKovacicat 72'minutes
  • 18OlicSubstituted forEduardoat 69'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 8Vukojevic
  • 9Jelavic
  • 12Zelenika
  • 13Schildenfeld
  • 14Brozovic
  • 15Badelj
  • 16Rebic
  • 20Kovacic
  • 21Vida
  • 22Eduardo
  • 23Subasic
Referee:
Pedro Proença
Attendance:
39,982

Match Stats

Home TeamCameroonAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home17
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 4.

Attempt missed. Dany Nounkeu (Cameroon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Pierre Webó.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Edgar Salli (Cameroon) because of an injury.

Booking

Eduardo (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Pierre Webó (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Pierre Webó (Cameroon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ante Rebic (Croatia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edgar Salli.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Croatia).

Eyong Enoh (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Darijo Srna (Croatia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Croatia. Mateo Kovacic tries a through ball, but Eduardo is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Edgar Salli with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Darijo Srna.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Ivan Perisic.

Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon).

Attempt missed. Darijo Srna (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Edgar Salli replaces Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Goal!

Goal! Cameroon 0, Croatia 4. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Eduardo (Croatia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Mateo Kovacic replaces Sammir.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Pierre Webó replaces Vincent Aboubakar.

Attempt missed. Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Eduardo replaces Ivica Olic.

Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia.

Attempt blocked. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Goal!

Goal! Cameroon 0, Croatia 3. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danijel Pranjic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Nicolas N'Koulou.

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammir.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil211024
2Mexico211014
3Cameroon1001-10
4Croatia1001-20

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands220056
2Chile220046
3Australia2002-30
4Spain2002-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia110033
2Ivory Coast110013
3Japan1001-10
4Greece1001-30

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica110023
2Italy110013
3England1001-10
4Uruguay1001-20

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France110033
2Switzerland110013
3Ecuador1001-10
4Honduras1001-30

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina110013
2Iran101001
3Nigeria101001
4Bos-Herze1001-10

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany110043
2USA110013
3Ghana1001-10
4Portugal1001-40

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium110013
2Russia101001
3South Korea101001
4Algeria1001-10
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