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World Cup: Cameroon 0-4 Croatia

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
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 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 forda Silvaat 69'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 8Vukojevic
  • 9Jelavic
  • 12Zelenika
  • 13Schildenfeld
  • 14Brozovic
  • 15Badelj
  • 16Rebic
  • 20Kovacic
  • 21Vida
  • 22da Silva
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 4.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

    Eduardo (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Croatia).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Darijo Srna.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Ivan Perisic.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil21103124
2Mexico21101014
3Cameroon100101-10
4Croatia100113-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22008356
2Chile22005146
3Australia200236-30
4Spain200217-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia11003033
2Ivory Coast11002113
3Japan100112-10
4Greece100103-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica11003123
2Italy11002113
3England100112-10
4Uruguay100113-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France11003033
2Switzerland11002113
3Ecuador100112-10
4Honduras100103-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina11002113
2Iran10100001
3Nigeria10100001
4Bos-Herze100112-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany11004043
2USA11002113
3Ghana100112-10
4Portugal100104-40

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium11002113
2Russia10101101
3South Korea10101101
4Algeria100112-10
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