Jun 23, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Croatia
1-3
Mexico
Perisic (86')
Rakitic (9')
Rebic (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Marquez (72'), Guardado (75'), Hernandez (82')
Marquez (39'), Vazquez (66')

Niko Kovac congratulates Mexico on qualification

Croatia coach Niko Kovac stands on the touchline on March 05, 2014.
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Croatia coach Niko Kovac congratulates Mexico on their qualification from Group A alongside Brazil.

Croatia boss Niko Kovac congratulated Mexico after the South Americans beat his side to second place in Group A.

The Mexicans ran out 3-1 winners against the European outfit to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday.

Speaking to HTV, Kovac said: "Congratulations to Mexico, for 50 minutes they were better team. That is football: when it comes to equal teams, little details decide it. This time those details were two dead-ball situations.

"Mexico gave us a lot of respect, they didn't play with pressing as usual because they knew about our counter-attacks. In the second half maybe we were physically down, and Mexico were better.

"We gave some joy to the Croatian people, especially after first two matches, but today the opponent was better."

Mexico meet Netherlands in the next round.

Mexico's defender Andres Guardado celebrates after scoring the 0-2 during a Group A football match against Croatia on June 23, 2014
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