RELIVE: Cameroon v Croatia, World Cup 2014
Ivica Olic
Croatia's Ivica Olic (L) and Ivan Rakitic fight for the ball against Cameroon's Alexandre Song (C) (Photo: Reuters)
Ahram Online
Thursday 19 Jun 2014
Ahram Online provided a live coverage of the group stage match between Cameroon and Croatia (Group B) on Wednesday

Full time: Cameroon 0-4 Croatia 

The referee blows his final whistle 

90+1 Assou-Ekotto is in a heated exchange with teammate Moukandjo!

90' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

89' At the other end, a header by Cameroon substitute Salli is denied by the bar! 

88' Croatia squander another chance to add the fifth!! Rakitic's miss-hit touch takes him past Itandje following a counter attack but the ball goes out!

87' Charles Itandje pulls off a fine save to deny Croatia a fifth goal following a breakaway. 

85' Cameroon waste their best chance of that embarrassing night! Benjamin Moukandjo misses the target by a sitter from inside the area. 

83' Croatia may even add the fifth in the remaining seven minutes. They look certain to score every time they pour forward. 

80' Cameroon are out of the World Cup. And they are highly unlikely to win their first World Cup game since 2002 when they meet hosts and five-time winners Brazil. 

78' Croatia make their third and final substitution. Ivan Perisic is replaced with Ante Rebic. 

77' Cameroon's backline is in a state of disarray. Croatia enjoy smooth rides into the area. 

75' Cameroon make their third and final substitution. The ineffective Eric Choupo Moting is replaced with Edgar Salli. 

73' Mandzukic scores his second of the night to add the fourth. Cameroon's offside attempt fails as the Bayern Munich man left with a simple tap-in into an empty net after Eduardo's low shot is parried into his path by Itandje.

Mario Mandzukic
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, scores his side's fourth goal past Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje, right (AO)


72' The second substitution for Croatia. Sammir is replaced with Mateo Kovacic.

70' Cameroon make another substitution. Aboubakar is replaced with striker Pierre Webo. 

70' M'Bia tries his luck but his fierce drive goes just over the crossbar. 

69' Croatia make their first substitution. Ivica Olic, who scored his side's opener. is replaced with former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva.

67' Aboubakar wastes a chance for Cameroon! He receives a through pass from M'Bia but his subsequent curling effort from the edge of the area goes poorly wide. 

66' Cameroon's lone striker Vincent Aboubakar is desperately trying to penetrate Croatia's defence but he finds little support from his sluggish and helpless teammates. 

64' Croatia are heading towards a convincing victory that will boost their chances of reaching the last 16. 

61' Mario Manduzkic towers above two defenders to powerfully head home a corner. It's an embarrassing night for the Indomitable Lions.
Mario Mandzukic
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, scores his side's third goal past Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje (AP)


61' Another effort from Modric from a tight angle is blocked by the defence. 

60' Croatia pile on pressure! Luka Modric's shot from the edge of the area deflects off a defender and narrowly misses the target. 

59' Darijo Srna's free-kick from 18 metres goes over the bar. 

57' Both sides give away possession far too easily! 

55' Cameroon relatively improve after conceding a second goal. But Croatia are very dangerous on the break, thanks to the huge gaps in Cameroon's fragile backline. 

52' At the other end, a powerful volley from Nounkeu goes high over from inside the area. 

50' Manduzkic misses the net in a one-on-one situation! He breaks clear but dithers on the ball, allowing a defender to close on him. Under pressure, he shoots just wide of the post with the goal at his mercy. 

49' Perisic's strike ends the game as a contest. It's highly unlikely that Cameroon, who are playing with 10 men, can make a comeback. 

48' Ivan Perisic doubles Croatia's lead after collecting a long ball upfield by Cameroon keeper Itandje on the left, outpacing substitute Nounkeu  to jink into the area and fire home from a tight angle.  
Ivan Perisic
Croatia's Ivan Perisic watches as his kick goes past Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje to score his side's second goal (AP)


46' Cameroon make their first substitution. Dany Nounkeu replaces Aurelien Chedjou.

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45+1' A shot by Vincent Aboubakar goes high over. 

45' The referee adds one minute of stoppage time. 

43' The dismissal leaves Cameroon with a mountain to climb. Croatia will be looking to make the most of their numerical advantage. 

40' The Barcelona midfielder receives a straight red card for using his hand to hit Croatia's Mandzukic on the back in an off-ball incident. 
Alex Song
Referee Pedro Proenca from Portugal gives a red card to Cameroon's Alex Song (AP)

40' Red card for Cameroon's Alexandre Song!! 

39' Croatia are also disappointing tonight. Their performance is in stark contrast to the vivid display they produced against Brazil despite their loss. 

37' The ensuing corner is headed high over by Mandzukic. 

36' At the other end, Cameroon's keeper Itandje tries to grasp a tame Olic cross but the ball slips out of his grasp for a corner. 

34' M'bia darts down the right and jinks into the area but his low cross from the right side is blocked by the defence. 

31' The match turns to a scrappy affair, littered with too many errors. 

28' Both sides ease off, labouring to some unfruitful passes. 

26' Cameroon have the better possession but they are yet to carve out openings. 

23' Cameroon are causing menace to Croatia down the right flank, from where they launch most of their attacking attempts. 

21' Stephane Mbia lets fly in more hope than expectation. His shot goes wide. 

20' A couple of Cameroon crosses are cleared by Croatia's backline as the Indomitable Lions push forward in search of an equaliser.  

17' Croatia squander a golden opportunity to double their lead!! A corner causes mayhem in Cameroon's defence and Olic's close-range shot is blocked by keeper Charles Itandje.

15' Although Cameroon made a lively start, their shaky defence cost them in the first quarter of an hour. Croatia are now in the driving seat. 

14' Another chance for Croatia, with Mario Mandzukic's shot from the edge of the area going just over the bar.  

11' Ivica Olic opens the scoring with a simple tap-in at the far post following a low cross from Perisic, who pounces on the failure of Cameroon's Nicolas Nkoulou to clear the danger. 

Mario Mandzukic
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (17) waves to the referee after Croatia's Ivica Olic, right, scored his side's first goal (AP)


10' Croatia relatively improve after a poor start. 

8' In Croatia's first foray forward,  Ivan Perisic's over-hit cross from the right goes high over. 

7' The free-kick is also cleared by the Croatia backline. Cameroon are very active down the right flank. 

5' Vincent Aboubakar, who deputises for Samuel Eto'o, wins a free-kick on the right after superbly rounding his marker. 

3' Cameroon make a promising start. Eric Choupo Moting skips past his challenger in the area and tries to send a low cross that is blocked by the defence for a corner. 

3' The ensuing free-kick is cleared by the defence.

2' Cameroon are awared a free-kick on the right after Benjamin Moukandjo falls down under a challenge. 

The match is underway

Both sides step onto the pitch for the customary pre-match national anthems. 

00:30 The players are warming up, around 30 minutes before kick-off. 

00:10 Less than an hour remaining before the game. Africa's representatives, apart from the Ivory Coast, have made a disappointing start to the tournament so Cameroon will be looking to improve the continent's image. 

23:50 Cameroon's starting lineup: Charles Itandje, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Nicolas Nkoulou, Alex Song, Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Choupo Moting, Aurelien Chedjou, Stephane Mbia, Eyong Enoh, Joel Matip

23:45 Croatia's starting line-up: Stipe Pletikosa, Danijel Pranjic, Ivan Perisic, Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Darijo Srna (c), Mario Mandzukic, Ivica Olic, Sammir.

23:30 Croatia have their own problems as inspirational playmaker Luka Modric remains a major doubt for the game due to a foot injury he sustained in the opening 3-1 loss to hosts Brazil. 

23:15 Cameroon will have to do without skipper and striker Samuel Eto'o, who was ruled out of the match due to a knee injury. 

23:00 Cameroon are still eyeing their first World Cup victory since 2002. They will be looking to make up for their opening 1-0 defeat by Meixco to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16. 

Venue: Arena Amazônia


Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

Assistants: Bertino Miranda, Tiago Trigo

Fourth official: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)

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