World Cup 2014: Croatia vs Mexico - June 23rd, 2014 - Xtratime Community
View Poll Results: Who will win the final Group A game?
Croatia - by > 1 goal 5 27.78%
Croatia - by 1 goal 6 33.33%
Scoreless Draw 1 5.56%
Draw with goals (1-1, 2-2, etc) 3 16.67%
Mexico - by 1 goal 0 0%
Mexico - by > 1 goal 3 16.67%
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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old June 19th, 2014, 17:16 Thread Starter
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World Cup 2014: Croatia vs Mexico - June 23rd, 2014

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June 23rd 2014 - 17:00 Local Time (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CET)

Arena Pernambuco, Recife (Capacity 46,160)








Croatia must win to advance (or draw and hope Cameroon somehow beats Brasil), however a draw will be enough for Mexico!


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and here are some pre-match stats:

Mexico (DWLLWW) is 3-2-1 and coming off a draw after playing Brasil well in match #2. Hrvatska (WLWWDW) on the other hand is 4-1-1 in it's last 6 games, only loss was being robbed by the referee in the fixed Opening Match for World Cup 2014. Croatia is coming off a dominating 4-0 smashing of 10 men Cameroon











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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old June 19th, 2014, 17:27
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Mexico will win 1-0 or 2-1, should be a great game.
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Go Croatia and beat those corn eating mexicans.

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post #4 of 58 (permalink) Old June 19th, 2014, 22:57
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Go Croatia and beat those corn eating mexicans.

Stuff the ball in Ochoa's face, he's NOTHING but a fly by nite mexican jumping BEAN
CTPM, colo. te vas a tragar tus palabras UTO !!!!!

Mexico to win 2 - 1, in a tight hard fought match.

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post #5 of 58 (permalink) Old June 20th, 2014, 01:27
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Both have good momentum, Mexico might have more though. Mex to win.
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post #6 of 58 (permalink) Old June 20th, 2014, 03:52
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Go Mexico you win 3-1 saludos from Chile.

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Go Croatia and beat those corn eating mexicans.

Stuff the ball in Ochoa's face, he's NOTHING but a fly by nite mexican jumping BEAN
Man I thought you are pro Mexican? Perhaps in sports other than football

Interesting pick.
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post #8 of 58 (permalink) Old June 20th, 2014, 13:26
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Croatia is superior on paper, Mexico were lucky vs bresil Croatia were unlucky with the unfair pk.

Croatia by 2- 3 goals
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post #9 of 58 (permalink) Old June 23rd, 2014, 01:38
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Croatia - Mexico (Arena Pernambuco ; 17:00)



A big match where the winner gains the second spot (assuming Brazil win). Mexico are in the more favorable position as they only need a draw to advance. They also have one more day of rest than Croatia. Both teams have looked good thus far and it should be an entertaining match.

My prediction: Mexico 1-2 Croatia

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post #10 of 58 (permalink) Old June 23rd, 2014, 08:47
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Interesting that this is in Recife. I think it was quite obvious that Italy did not handle the heat and humidity against Costa Rica. Their ball retention in particular was uncharacteristically bad for a nation that prides itself in playing structured, tactical football. This game is later in the day but Mexico should still gain an advantage here.
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match of the day for me, i'd say Croatia will win.
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Thought Croatia would get through this group, but after the robbery they faced Vs Brazil and Mexico's point against the same nation, I'm not so sure any more. Mexico only need a draw to advance and I expect them to do some damage on the counter today.

Croatia's success will be dependant on 2 major factors IMO. First is whether their defence holds up, Corluka and Pranjic in particular (I'd play Vrsaljko instead of the latter). Second is their 'magic triangle' in midfield, Modric, Rakitic and Kovacic. On paper a great trio, maybe only lacking on the defensive side, but in theory they should be able to match any midfield at this current WC. If they play their game well and get Mandzukic those final balls (preferably through the air as they have an advantage there), everything is possible.

Should be a cracking game.
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Croatia : Pletikosa - Srna, Vrsaljko, Corluka, Lovren, Pranjic - Perisic, Modric, Rakitic, Olic - Mandzukic

Mexico : Ochoa - F. Rofriguez, R. Marquez, H. Moreno - Aguilar, Herrera, Vasquez, Layun, Guardado - Dos Santos, Peralta
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good start by Mexico..

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Can someone explain to me why the Mexican fans yell "oouha" after every goal kick??
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Can someone explain to me why the Mexican fans yell "oouha" after every goal kick??
Goalie name is ochoa or something like it
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Clear handball not noticed by ref on Mexican corner kick.
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post #19 of 58 (permalink) Old June 23rd, 2014, 21:42
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Goalie name is ochoa or something like it
I don't think that's the reason, they do it all the time and even when the opposite goalie does a goal kick.
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Mexico the better team. Feisty game so far.
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