2014 FIFA World Cup: Cameroon vs Croatia - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
Cameroon joined Spain and Australia as the teams to crash out of the tournament.
FULL-TIME: Cameroon 0 - 4 Croatia
90+2' - Dany Nounkeu got one last chance to score for Cameroon, butr his shot failed to hit the target. Ordinary effort.
89' - Eduardo Yellow Carded, an unnecessarily one
in the dying minutes for the Croatian.
88' - Edgar Salli received medical attention and TWO MINUTES ADDED.
87' - Both the teams are playing basketball here. In the last couple of minutes, they have created enough chances to score at least four goals, exchanged possessions more than five times. But the best part was from the African side, seeking a consolation goal, nearly got one.
85' - Ante Rebic got a perfect shot on the goal, but his straight shot was saved by the Cameroon goalie.
84' - The player once again tried his best to curl one from outside the box. But it missed by a whisker. A moment ago, Croatia presented themselves with yet another chance but Rakitic couldn't finished off the job.
83' - Cameroon got a rare chance as a clear run from Stephane Mbia almost created a goal-scoring chance for the Africans.
81' - Eduardo once again found himself in a profitable position to increase the lead, but his finishing require some fine-tuning. Wasted a glorious chance.
79' - Charles Itandje used his heading skills to clear a tricky ball from a Croatian goal-kick.
In between, Croatia substituted Ivan Perisic with Ante Rebic.
77' - Cameroon won a free-kick in the Croatia half follwing a body block to Edgar Salli. Then from the set-piece play, they earned a corner. But, Stephane Mbia's connection from the corner failed to hit the target. Goal-kick to Croatia.
76' - Croatia continue to press high and are finding it relatively easy to pierce Cameroon defence.
75' - Cameroon SUB: Maxim Choupo-Moting out, Edgar Salli in.
73' - Within a minute of restart, Mario Mandzukic found his second GOAL of the tournament.
72' - Croatia SUB: Mateo Kovacic on, Campos Sammir out.
71' - Eduardo and Perisic have a little one-two inside the Cameroon box, but a cross to find Sammir resulted with the ball going to Cameroon players.
70' - Cameroon SUB: Aboubakar out, Pierre Webo in.
69' - Stephane Mbia have a crack on the goal from a distance. His attempt missed the target by a whisker. Brave move.
68' - Croatia SUB: Olic replaced by Eduardo.
66' - Aboubaker is certainly leading his team. After a quick exchange, he got another shot at the Croatia goal, but to no avail.
65' - From a goal-kick, Cameroon created a move inside the Croatia half. But Aboubaker's attempt was deflected to allow Croatians build their own play.
64' - Despite a sumptuous delivery from the flag, Cameroon players failed to find any header. Then, they found themselves guarding their own half.
63' - Cameroon earned a hard-earned throw-in, and from the following play, got a corner on the far side.
62' - Cameroon 0 - 3 Croatia
61' - Mario Mandzukic SCORED as the Bayern player header from the corner pierced through the Cameroon defence,
60' - Luca Modric took a shot himself, but his shot also failed to hit the target as it took a deflection from a Cameroon defender. Corner to Croatia.
59' - Darijo Srna's ambitious shot from the set-piece failed to hit the target as the match progressed hour mark.
58' - A poor tackle by substitute Dany Nounkeu just outside the box. Croatia won a free-kick.
57' - Cameroon won a throw-in in the own half, but soon, Croatia wrested the chances.
56' - Croatia won back-to-back corners, but failed to create any goal-scoring chances.
55' - Cameroon have had a little period of possession but it seemed, their run was over stretched as Sammir thwarted the attempt.
53' - From a goal-kick, Dany Nounkeu have missed a chance to pull one back as his shot flew over the bar.
51' - Cameroon 0 - 2 Croatia
50' - Mario Mandzukic got himself a chance to increase the lead, but his shot was wide off mark.
48' - Ivan Perisic GOAL! The Croatian produced a thrilling run on the right flank after a howler of a clearance by the Cameroon goalie, before plotting the ball inside the goal. And what a way to start the half.
46' - As soon as the second-half started, Sammir found himself one on one with Cameroon goalie. But the Croatian could only make a shot out of the target.
And the Africans have brought in Dany Nounkeu for Aurelien Chedjou.
A defeat would mean return tickets for Cameroon. But after losing one of their main players in Alex Song, it will be one arduous task for the team to force a result.
The Song red card made it eight for Cameroon. That's joint highest with Argentina in the World Cup.
On the play, Croatia have been more focussed and direct. For Cameroon, it was all about running wayward. They certainly need a leader on the field.
HALF-TIME: Cameroon 0 - 1 Croatia
45+1' - Vincent Aboubaker took the final shot of the half from a relay pass from a team-mate, but his shot was always rising.
45' - One minute ADDED.
44' - Ivica Olic received a beautiful low pass inside the Cameroon box, but he found himself robbed by an alert defender.
42' - One goal and one man down, it will be a hard fight for Cameroon to resurrect their campaign against a disciplined Croatian side.
40' - Straight RED for Song. The Barcelona player a Croatian elbowed Mandzukic off the ball. And that's a RED.
38' - Sammir got clear sight on the Cameroon goal, but Itandje produced a good save to deny a second goal.
36' - Joel Matip completed an excellent run in the left flank, but once the goal reaches Croatia, his control over the ball loses and Croatia got a goal-kick.
35' - Croatia failed to capitalise from the Ivan Rakiti's corner. Cameroon got a goal-kick.
34' - Against the run of the play, Croatia gained some space in the Cameroon half, resulting to a cheap corner earned as Itandje failed to grasp the ball properly from a Croatia throw-in.
33' - After a quite period, Cameroon found their attacking front-line working. But the final delivery from the right flank overreached Croatia goal-line where Pletikosa collected the ball cleanly.
30' - Darijo Srna received medical attention and Croatia won a free-kick inside the Cameroon half. From Rakitic's delivery, Mandzukic tried to create an opportunity but he was ruled offside.
27' - Assou-Ekotto combined with Aboubakar to move the ball forward, but their effort was in vain after a defender got the better of Abou.
26' - Ivica Olic tried his best to find Croatia's second goal, but his attempt from outside the box sailed over the bar.
25' - Danijel Pranjic caught offside after the Croatians started following Cameroon's poor corner kick execution.
24' - Song involved in a build-up play from deep inside Cameroon half, but after few passes, Croatians got the ball in their possession.
22' - Cameroon got yet another opportunity to equalise but the wayward delivery from the set-piece created meant ball going out of play.
21' - A brief halt in play as Luca Modric got medical attention on the sidelines.
20' - Alex Song involved in a good play with Mbia, but the ball went out of play after the intervention of Croatian defenders.
19' - Stephane Mbia tried to create a opening for Cameroon but his effort failed to reach its intended target.
18' - From the goal-kick, Stephane Mbia got a run-down in the right flank. But a Danijel Pranjic sliding tackle cut short the run. Ball went out of play.
17' - Danijel Pranjic opted to play it short and cute, but from the corner, nothing worthwhile came out for Croatia.
16' - Cameroon survived another attack from the Europeans. This time, Ivan Perisic shot was deflected over the goal-line for a corner.
15' - Cameroon players, trying to win the ball from the Croatians, are running hard. But the Europeans have been producing incisive cut-throughs in the Cameroon half.
14' - Mandzukic got a clear shot on the Cameroon goal, but his attempt sailed over the bar. Poor effort.
13' - After the replay, Eyong Enoh got a warning from the referee.
11' - GOAL!!!Croatia, after wearing down the initial Cameroon attack, opened the scoring through Ivica Olic following a precise through pass from Ivan Perisic.
9' - Another long ball from the Croatians forced the play in the Cameroon goalmouth, but Mario Mandzukic was denied of a clean strike.
8' - Charles Itandje have his goal-kick, which reached the Croatian half. But, after a couple of exchanges the ball went out of play and it's Croatia's goal-kick again.
6' - From the goal-kick, Croatia got their first shot at Cameroon defense.
4' - Strong start for the Africans. Won another free-kick in a dangerous area. In the run-up to Benoit Assou-Ekotto free-kick, referee warned players to play it safe.
3' - Cameroon won the first corner of the match, but Vincent Aboubaker header from the delivery was cleared by Croatian defenders on the goal-line. But referee has already blew the whistle in favour of the Crotians after Stephane Mbia fouled one of the defenders.
1' - Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca has started the match, with Cameroon starting enjoying the first couple of exchanges in their green top and red shorts.
Starting XI's are out for both the teams.
Cameroon XI: Cameroon: Charles Itandje; Benoit Assou Ekotto, Nicholas Nkoulou, Aurelien Chedjou; Stephane Mbia, Joel Matip, Alexandre Song, Enoh Eyong, Benjamin Moukandjo; Vincent Aboubaker, Eric Choupo-Moting
SUBS: Loic Feudjou, Cedric Djeugou, Dany Nounkeu, Landry Nguemo, Samuel Eto'o, Jean Makoun, Henri Bedimo, Achille Webo, Fabrice Olinga, Edgar Salli, Allan Nyom, Sammy Ndjock
Croatia XI: Stipe Pletikosa; Darijo Srna, Danijel Pranjic, Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren; Sammir, Ivica Olic, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic
SUBS: Sime Vrsaljko, Ognjen Vukojevic, Nikica Jelavic, Oliver Zelenika, Gordon Schildenfeld, Milan Badelj, Ante Rebic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Domagoj Vida, Eduardo da Silva, Danijel Subasic
After the crashing out of Champions Spain and Australia, the day round up with yet another mounth-watering clash between Cameroon and Croatia.
African side have opted not to start with Samuel Eto'o, but for Croatia, Mario Mandzukic will start after serving his suspension.
This is the first time Croatia have ever faced an African team in the World Cup.
Croatia, after the return of Mandzukic will start as the favourites in this much win game for both sides. Brazil and Mexico drew yesterday, keeping everyone in contention.
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