Keep your eyes glued here as we bring you all the latest live updates, images, scores, highlights and coverage of the 2014 World Cup Group A deciding match between Croatia and Mexico:

THE FINAL WHISTLE BLOWS!!! Mexico advances to the Round of 16 as they will be set to take on Arjen Robben and the Netherlands. Be sure to check back with us as will have all the post game analysis you need. Thanks for joining us! We hope to see you back here soon.

89'-Substitute Ante Rebic sees red for Croatia. Clearly deserved as he kept his studs up into the shin of Rodriguez. Nasty nasty challenge that deserved to end up in a red card. 


87'-GOAL for Croatia as Perisic slots it past Ochoa to get the Croatians on the board. 3-1 Mexico. 

82'-GOOOOOOOAAAAALLL for Mexico as Chicharito easily heads home a flicked on ball off another Mexican corner!!! The floodgates have opened as they score their third goal in ten minutes. Now one more goal would see them win the group. WOW WOW WOW!!!

78'-Croatia almost get one back as Revic single handedly takes the Mexican defense, only to see his shot saved off the line. It was by far the biggest chance of the game for Croatia who are deservedly down to a good Mexican team. 

75'-GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL for MExico as Andres Guardado surely provides "El Tri" with a ticket into the Round of 16. Guardado was found wide open 10-yards from the goal and made no mistake placing the ball into the top of the net!

72'-GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL for Mexico as captain Rafa Marquez finishes off Mexico's 7th corner. They lead 1-0!


70'-Croatia's second change sees Ante Rebic come on for Ivica Olic. 

The Mexicans are pounding on the door. It would be no surprise to see them put one away here in the next few minutes. 

64'-Ensuing corner see defenseman Corluka clear the ball off the Croatian goal line. 

63'-Two shouts for a Mexican penalty as Chicharito felt he was pushed over, only for Andres Guardado's shot to seemingly hit a Croatian arm. The Croatians should consider themselves very lucky as both calls could have been awarded.  


61'-Mexico makes their first change as "Chicharito" comes on for Gio Dos Santos.

60'-Mexico wins their sixth corner of the match, but once again nothing comes of it for Mexico. 

60'-Chicharito is warming up on the sidelines. Looks like he will be coming in soon. Can he score the winning goal?

58'-First change of the game as S. Vrsalijko comes off in favor of Inter Milan's M. Kovacic.

The ensuing header from Perlata travels no where near the goal. 

57'- Corner for Mexico after "El Tri" almost unlocks the Croatian backline.

Despite Croatia needing a win to advance, they look very sloppy coming out in the second half. 

News out of Brasilia, the hosts have gone up 3-1 against Cameroon and have all but secured first place within Group A. 

What he said:


48'- Luka Modric has the first dangerous opportunity for Croatia, resulting in a corner kick only for a foul to be called on Miguel Layun. 

We are back with you as the two teams get set to play for their World Cup futures.

That is it for the first half as the teams go into the dressing room tied 0-0. If this result stands Mexico will advance into the Round of 16 in second place behind Brazil. Stay tuned as we will have all the second half action coming to you in 15 minutes time!

45 +2'- Corner from Croatia results in Corluka accidentally headbutting a Mexican player. 

Things are getting very testy between the two teams as Croatia wins one last free kick before the end of the half.

Nothing comes of it though as players from both teams scrap in front of goal. Foul on Mexico, free kick from their own penalty box for Croatia. 

40'-Beautiful build up from "El Tri" resulting in another Mexican corner. 

39'-Yellow card for Rafa Marquez as Croatia has a dangerous counter attack off of the Mexican corner. 

Momentum is once again shifting into their favor as there were calls for a handball on Daniel Pranjic. Referee waves play on as Croatia has a chance to counter. 

38'-Another corner for Mexico that is cleared away for another Mexican corner.

37'-Mexico have their first corner of the game, but Croatia does well to clear it out of their third. 

Croatia has made in pretty clear that they will not let Mexico beat them on the counter as they foul any Mexican player that has a chance of starting a counter. Ivan Rakitic is lucky to walk away from another challenge without a yellow as it very well could have been his second booking.

Athletes from across the sports world are weighing in on the match on Twitter:

It has truly been a first half of momentum as both sides have had their chances to go in front. It is just a matter of who will take their opportunities better.

For anyone interested in what is going on in the Brazil-Cameroon game. Cameroon tied it up 1-1 after Neymar put the Brazilians up early. Unbelievable stuff!

RTR3VC2U Mexico fans look on as their team faces Croatia in hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds Reuters 18'- Another close chance for Mexico Croatian keeper Pletikosa did well to close down the angle. The score remains 0-0 after twenty minutes. 

16'-And out of seemingly nothing Mexico nearly snatches the opener as Herrera's shot from about 25 yards out nails the upper ninety. you can't get any closer than that. Mexico are starting to come into this game.

Croatia really have their tails up as they are knocking on the door. Mexico is doing well to stifle them in their final third though. 

13'-Croatia wins another corner after Ivan Perisic is put through on the right side only to cross the ball to no one in particular.


9'-Ivan Rakitic gets the first yellow of the match after a bad tackle on Juan Vasquez.

7'-Croatia decides to go short on the corner, as the in swinging ball is hit way over Ochoa's net. Goal kick Mexico.

Croatia look the stronger side in the first five minutes as they win another corner kick. 

5'- Corner for Croatia but Mexico does well to clear.

The stadium is packed with Mexican fans as they sing the "Himno Nacional Mexicano!"


We are only moments away from #MEXCRO as both teams get ready to walk out of the tunnel and stand to their national anthems.

The starting lineups are set!




Hi Everyone. Welcome to our live blog for the Croatia vs. Mexico match coming to you from Recife. The game is set to kick off at 4:00PM EST. Starting lineups to follow.