World Cup group stage - Mexico vs. Croatia

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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. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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)
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)
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 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 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 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 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. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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 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)
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, 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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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
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)
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
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'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)
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. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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 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 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. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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 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)
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)
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)
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. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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. (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. (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)

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