By Philip O'Connor
Sammir was replaced by defender Sime Vrsaljko with Kovac hoping to take the sting out of a lively Mexican attack.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera named an unchanged side from the one that drew 0-0 with Brazil in Fortaleza, with Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta leading the line.
Mexico need a point to guarantee a place in the knockout stages while Croatia, in all likelihood, need to win or hope Cameroon beat Brazil if they draw. (Reporting By Philip O'Connor; editing by Justin Palmer)
- Sports & Recreation
- Sime Vrsaljko
- Niko Kovac
- Giovani Dos Santos