Read a full preview and watch live match streaming as Croatia face Mexico in a do or die 2014 FIFA World Cup clash.
Where: Arena Pernambuco, Recife
When: 21:00 BST
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It’s a winner takes all affair in Recife as Croatia and Mexico face each other knowing that they are, in all probability, battling for just one place in the last sixteen.
Mexico’s impressive goalless draw with the hosts Brazil means that Miguel Herrera knows that a draw will be enough to see his side through, although it does leave them open to approaching the game in an subconsciously negative and defensive manner.
With the back line having performed so well against the Selecao it is up front where Herrera may consider changes, with Manchester United star Javier Hernandez having looked lively as a substitute against Brazil, staking his claim to replace Giovani dos Santos in the line-up.
Croatia are likely to stick with the same team that thrashed sorry Cameroon 4-0 in Manaus, although Niko Kovac may consider replacing Getafe midfielder Sammir with Inter Milan’s Mateo Kovacic.
Mario Mandzukic will continue in the lone striker role after scoring a brace on his return to the team following suspension, the Bayern Munich man having scored the third and fourth goals against Volker Finke’s miserable outfit.
The key to the Croatian side is their central midfield pivot of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, with the duo on either side of the El Classico divide likely to be looking to take control of the match for the Croats.
World Cup Group Matches
Thursday June 12th – Thursday June 26th
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