World Cup group stage - Mexico vs. Croatia

Mario Mandzukic's return from suspension helped keep Croatia alive in the World Cup.

To lead his side into the second round, he may have to do something on Monday that no one has been able to do through two games in Group A: score against Mexico.
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Mexico's Javier Hernandez (14) celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Javier Hernandez (14) celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mexico's Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring his teams third goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring his teams third goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Croatia's Darijo Srna reacts after Mexico scored their second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Darijo Srna reacts after Mexico scored their second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Mexico's Andres Guardado (18) celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Andres Guardado (18) celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored his side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera celebrates after Mexico's Andres Guardado scored his side's second goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Mexico's Javier Hernandez scores during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Javier Hernandez scores during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico's Andres Guardado celebrates with teammates after Mexico's Rafael Marquez scored his team's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Andres Guardado celebrates with teammates after Mexico's Rafael Marquez scored his team's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Mexico's Rafael Marquez (4) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Rafael Marquez (4) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mexico's Rafael Marquez (4) scores his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Rafael Marquez (4) scores his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mexico's Javier Hernandez, center, and Mexico's Andres Guardado protest to the referee after a Croatian player, according to them, stopped a ball with his hands during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Javier Hernandez, center, and Mexico's Andres Guardado protest to the referee after a Croatian player, according to them, stopped a ball with his hands during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, right, fights for the ball with Croatia's Darijo Srna during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, right, fights for the ball with Croatia's Darijo Srna during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic and Mexico's Oribe Peralta battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic and Mexico's Oribe Peralta battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, left, and Mexico's Hector Herrera go for a header during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, left, and Mexico's Hector Herrera go for a header during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico's Andres Guardado, right, tries to get away from Croatia's Darijo Srna during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Andres Guardado, right, tries to get away from Croatia's Darijo Srna during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Croatia's Darijo Srna, left, confronts Mexico's Andres Guardado during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Darijo Srna, left, confronts Mexico's Andres Guardado during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Mexico's Oribe Peralta reacts after missing a chance during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Oribe Peralta reacts after missing a chance during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Mexico's Miguel Layun, right, and Croatia's Darijo Srna battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Miguel Layun, right, and Croatia's Darijo Srna battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, right, clears the ball from Mexico's Oribe Peralta during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, right, clears the ball from Mexico's Oribe Peralta during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, left, fights for the ball with Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa leaps to make a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Mexico's Hector Morenois at left and Croatia's Dejan Lovren is at right on the play. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

Mexico's Oribe Peralta heads the ball next to Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Croatian and Mexican players battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatian and Mexican players battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, kicks the ball next to Croatia's Ivan Perisic and Mexico's Rafael Marquez, right, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, kicks the ball next to Croatia's Ivan Perisic and Mexico's Rafael Marquez, right, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Mexico's Rafael Marquez controls the ball against Croatia's Mario Mandzukic during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Rafael Marquez controls the ball against Croatia's Mario Mandzukic during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, is challenged by Croatia's Luka Modric during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Andres Guardado, left, is challenged by Croatia's Luka Modric during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Mexico's Giovani dos Santos, left, challenges Croatia's Dejan Lovren during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Giovani dos Santos, left, challenges Croatia's Dejan Lovren during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, left, misses a chance as he scoops the ball over Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, left, misses a chance as he scoops the ball over Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Mexico's Paul Aguilar fights for the ball with Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Paul Aguilar fights for the ball with Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Croatia's Dejan Lovren, top, and Mexico's Giovani dos Santos battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Dejan Lovren, top, and Mexico's Giovani dos Santos battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Croatia's Ivica Olic, front, wins a header against Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Ivica Olic, front, wins a header against Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A shot by Mexico's Hector Herrera hit the bar of the Croatian side during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

A shot by Mexico's Hector Herrera hit the bar of the Croatian side during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Mexico's Hector Herrera, right, gets in a shot despite the challenge of Croatia's Luka Modric during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Hector Herrera, right, gets in a shot despite the challenge of Croatia's Luka Modric during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Croatia's Darijo Srna , left, and Mexico's Miguel Layun battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia's Darijo Srna , left, and Mexico's Miguel Layun battle for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Mexico's Miguel Layun controls the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexico's Miguel Layun controls the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Croatia pose for a team photo before the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Croatia pose for a team photo before the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Fans wait for the start of a group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014

Fans wait for the start of a group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)