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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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