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Cameroon vs. Croatia: Preview And Live Streaming Of World Cup Group A Clash

Full preview and live streaming of Wednesday’s Group A clash from Manaus.

Where: Arena Amazonia, Manaus

When: 23:00 BST

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Cameroon and Croatia face up to each other in Manaus tonight with both sides knowing that a win is crucial to their hopes of extending their stay in the 2014 FIFA World Cup beyond the group stages.

Both nations were beaten in their opening matches, but Croatia will be more confident of making an impact on the competition having gotten their clash against hosts and favourites Brazil out of the way.

With a defeat to Mexico already on their scorecard, Cameroon will know that a first knockout stage appearance since 1990 is unlikely for Volker Finke’s men, and will be almost impossible should they fail to beat Niko Kovac’s side.

The biggest selection dilemma for Kovac is whether to continue playing new Barcelona signing Ivan Rakitic in a deep-lying midfield role alongside Luka Modric or whether to withdraw Mateo Kovacic for Ognjen Vukojevic, allowing Rakitic to operate in the more attacking position that made him so effective for Sevilla.

Otherwise, star striker Mario Mandzukic will almost certainly return to the starting line-up after serving a suspension against Brazil, more likely than not at the expense of Hull City forward Nikica Jelavic.

Cameroon manager Volker Finker surprisingly left Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar out of the starting line-up for the Mexico match, a decision that he is unlikely to repeat if the toothless nature of the Indomitable Lions’ attack is anything to go for.

Experienced Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o is set to miss out with injury, meaning that Finke is likely to deploy a youthful and quick front three of Aboubakar, Benjamin Moukandjo and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Kovac’s Croatian side were impressive even in defeat against Brazil and will fancy their chances against a team that have arrived at the competition in a disorganised state seemingly both on and off the pitch.

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