Jun 23, 2014 at 9pm UK at ‚ÄčArena 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: Mexico clash is our "cup final"

Kovac: Mexico clash is our
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Niko Kovac urges his Croatia team to forget about beating Cameroon 4-0 and focus on the "cup final" that is Monday's clash with Mexico.

Niko Kovac has called on his Croatia team to forget about their 4-0 win over Cameroon this morning and focus on their "cup final" against Mexico on Monday.

Having lost their opening game to Brazil in the tournament's curtain-raiser, Kovac's side got their World Cup campaign back on track by thumping the 10-man Africans in Manaus.

The Mexicans need only a point in next week's clash in order to progress into the last-16, and Kovac has urged his squad to start looking ahead to that encounter.

"We have to put this victory to the back of our minds for now, because our hardest challenge is still to come," he told reporters. "The match with Mexico is going to be our cup final."

Ivica Olic fired Croatia ahead after just 11 minutes at the Amazonia Arena, before a red card for Alex Song made the task significantly easier, with Ivan Perisic and a Mario Mandzukic brace enough to earn a resounding win.

Croatia's midfielder Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring during the Group A football match between Cameroon and Croatia at The Amazonia Arena in Manaus on June 18, 2014
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