Football: Mexico down Croatia to set up Dutch date
Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:39 AM
RECIFE, Brazil (AFP) - Veteran Mexico captain Rafael Marquez helped set up a last-16 clash against the Netherlands by finishing second in Group A after Monday's 3-1 win over ten-man Croatia, who exited the World Cup.
Mexico needed just to avoid defeat in Recife to take their place in the knockout phase, but three goals in ten second-half minutes killed off Croatia's hopes.
The Mexicans needed more than an hour to break the deadlock at the Arena Pernambuco before the floodgates finally burst.
Marquez scored with a header on 72 minutes before Andres Guarado grabbed Mexico's second and substitute Javier Hernandez netted a third in quick succession to book their Dutch showdown on Sunday in Fortaleza.
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