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Mexico focused on Croatia clash

23 June 2014 07:57

Defender Hector Moreno has assured Mexico fans their national team are 100 per cent focused on Croatia ahead of Monday's game.

Mexico and Croatia will enter the Group A encounter on four and three points respectively, with Moreno and his team-mates aware a draw will be enough for their them to reach the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup.

And the Espanyol defender is convinced Mexico are ready.

"It will be a very important match for all of Mexico, we have been working for it, know what it entails, a draw or a victory gives us through to the next round," Moreno said on Sunday.

"The team is focused and works to that."

Mexico defeated Cameroon 1-0 in their opening match in Brazil before securing a scoreless draw with the host nation.

Croatia were admirable in defeat, as they lost 3-1 to Brazil on the first day of the World Cup, and bounced back with a 4-0 thumping of Cameroon.

Moreno has come up against two of Croatia's stars while playing for Espanyol in Spain - Real Madrid's Luka Modric and new Barcelona signing Ivan Rakitic - but the 26-year-old is convinced there is more to Niko Kovac's team than their La Liga-based midfield pair.

"They are great players and all (but Croatia are) a very compact team where no one stands out," Moreno said.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has selected the same starting line-up in his team's opening two games and confirmed at his pre-match press conference on Sunday that the same 11 players will start against Croatia.

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Competition
World Cup
Date
23 June 2014
Game week
3
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 3

Goals

0 - 1
72' R. Márquez
 (assist by H. Herrera)
0 - 2
75' A. Guardado
 (assist by O. Peralta)
0 - 3
82' J. Hernández
 (assist by R. Márquez)
I. Perišić 87'
(assist by I. Rakitić) 
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Tuesday 26 May

Monday 25 May

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22:32
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19:14
18:51
18:33
18:22
18:03
17:55
17:27
17:06
16:28
16:09
15:26
15:06
14:41
13:54
13:29
13:18
12:58
12:48
12:38
12:35
12:20
11:52
11:20
11:20
10:44
10:35
10:01
09:53
09:24
09:00
08:42
08:41
07:27
06:20
03:35
03:15
02:07
01:57
00:26

Sunday 24 May

23:47
23:23
22:42
21:06
20:59
20:54
20:34
20:30
20:25
20:24
20:07
19:55
19:55
19:53
19:52
19:47
19:45
19:39
19:34
19:33
19:25
19:14
19:11
19:11
19:09
19:03
19:02
19:01
18:49
18:35
18:05
18:02
18:00
18:00
17:59
17:58
17:56
17:54
17:52
17:51
17:51
16:44
16:23
16:02
15:51
14:45
14:44
14:12
13:51
13:47
13:24
12:40
12:34
12:06
11:31
11:06
10:17
09:59
09:38
07:38
06:38
04:12
03:52
02:20
00:45
00:09

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