World Cup: Mexico Advances, Australia Gets Spanked Again
Hector Herrera of Mexico and Danijel Pranjic of Croatia
Mexico decided to save its best for the second half in its match against Croatia. After sitting on a 0-0 tie through 45 minutes, Mexico opened it up in the second half with three goals in 15 minutes of play.
Captain Rafa Marquez headed in a goal in in the 72nd minute, and from there it was all Mexico. Andres Guardado followed with a goal in the 75th minute, and the match was sealed with “Chicharito” Hernandez’s score in the 82nd minute. With the 3-1 win, Mexico advances out of Group A.
Also moving on from Group A was host country Brazil, who knocked out Cameroon 4-1 with a dominating performance. Neymar’s two goals paced Brazil, setting up a knockout round match against Chile. The 22-year-old prodigy has been Brazil’s steady force, with four goals in the tournament already. Cameroon leaves the tournament with the worst goal differential of the tournament, with just one put in the net against nine scored against them.
The Dutch defeated Chile 2-0 to secure the top spot out of Group B after a pair of late goals. But don’t feel bad for Chile, because they’re also advancing to the next round. Except they have to play Brazil.
And in the day’s most meaningless match, two winless teams squared off for pride, with Spain going home a winner 3-0. Australia ended its World Cup winless, with a second-worst minus six in goal differential.
Tuesday’s docket includes Italy vs. Uruguay at 12/11c (ESPN), Costa Rica vs. England at 12/11c (ESPN2), Japan vs. Colombia at 4/3c (ESPN), and Greece vs. Ivory Coast at 4/3c (ESPN2).
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