Croatia vs Mexico team news World Cup 2014: Mario Mandzukic starts for Croatia with Javier Hernandez still on Mexico bench
The sides are vying to qualify from Group A
Monday 23 June 2014
Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has unsurprisingly retained his place in Croatia's side following his goal-scoring exploits in their thumping win over Cameroon.
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Meanwhile Manchester United's Javier Hernandez continues to warm the bench for Mexico who name an unchanged side from their hard-fought 0-0 draw with tournament hosts Brazil.
Both sides go into their final game knowing that a win would see them qualify for the next round, possibly even as group winners depending on the result of the Brazil v Cameroon game.
However the Croats have a little less leeway in the match as a draw would see Mexico qualify ahead of them. All in all it looks set to be a thrilling encounter.
Croatia XI: Pletikosa, Vrsaljko, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic
Mexico XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez
Whoever emerges from Group A in second place will face the Netherlands in the next round, the Dutch having qualified earlier.
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