Jun 18, 2014 at 11pm UK at ‚ÄčArena Amazonia, Manaus
CameroonCameroon
0-4
Croatia

Song (40')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Olic (11'), Perisic (48'), Mandzukic (61', 73')
Eduardo (90')

Niko Kovac hails Mario Mandzukic return

Kovac hails Mandzukic return
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Niko Kovac hails the impact of returning striker Mario Mandzukic in Croatia's 4-0 victory against Cameroon in Manuas.

Croatia manager Niko Kovac has hailed the impact of returning striker Mario Mandzukic in his side's comfortable victory over Cameroon.

The 28-year missed the Vatreni's first game of the World Cup through suspension, but made a goal-scoring comeback in Manuas as Croatia brushed aside their Group A opponents.

"Any coach would be happy to have such a player in their team," Kovac is quoted as saying by ESPN. "He's not only a goal-getter or goal scorer, his attitude picks his team up.

"This shows how important he is for this team and what kind of service the team can expect from him. Unfortunately, he could not play in the first match. What is for sure is that with a player such as Mandzukic we looked different."

Croatia face Mexico in their final game of the group stage, knowing that anything less than three points will spell the end of their tournament.

Mateo Kovacic of Croatia controls the ball against Stephane Mbia of Cameroon during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match on June 19, 2014
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