June 23, 2014 6:00 pm
Updated: June 24, 2014 12:04 pm

WORLD CUP: 3-goal burst powers Mexico over Croatia, into next round


ABOVE: Mexican fans celebrate World Cup victory over Croatia 

RECIFE, Brazil – Mexico surged into the World Cup’s knockout stage for a sixth-straight time Monday with a 3-1 win over Croatia.

Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored in a 10-minute span in the second half, dooming a talented Croatia side to elimination from the group stage.

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The Croats had to win to advance and held the bulk of possession, but had trouble seriously threatening goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who kept out all efforts until an 87th-minute consolation goal from Ivan Perisic.

Mexico entered the game needing only a draw, and looked dangerous in attack, but was kept out until the three-goal burst.


Group A final standings, 2014 World Cup

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