CAMEROON 0 – 4 CROATIA
Australia, Spain and also Cameroon now have all been declared as “GOING HOME”… these teams cannot qualify from their groups after suffering at least two defeats out of the three group games, which gives the rest of the teams in their groups a lead in points (sometimes as much as 6 points) with only three points left to play for. That’s the mathematics of the World Cup for you. A small amount of games can determine who stays for the knockout stages and who will continue to the last 16.
England and Uruguay face the same potential miserable future if they do not win tonight… both teams must win or they will have suffered their second defeat (a draw would be just as useless as the Italy v Costa Rica game will potentially put one team on 6 points while the loser could still stay on 3 points but a draw would only give one point to Uruguay and England. they need more for hopes of qualifying).
Cameroon have not done well in this tournament. In fact, they have failed to score a SINGLE GOAL… they were beaten by Mexico 1-0 and now also Croatia, 4-0. Zero goals = zero wins (you may be able to achieve goalless draws but you’ll never ever win with zero goals scored). Despite having players in their squad like Assou-Ekotto, Alex Song and even Samuel Eto’o, they simply have failed to show the quality of their players by not scoring in any of their games. If i was their manager, I’d be furious that they couldn’t put the ball in the net. Goalscoring is a necessary part of any game and if you can’t do it, you won’t be very successful.
Anyway, this game started as an interesting match in which both sides looked equal for about 11 minutes… which was when the Croatians got the first of their four goals and in the 40th minute to make the 1st half even worse for the Africans, Cameroon had a man sent off for a deliberate foul. There would be a red card for Alex Song as his frustrations got the better of him. From there, Cameroon never looked like getting back into the game, it was dominated by Croatia as they just attempted to further increase their lead again and again and again. The second half would see Croatia score three more times against Cameroon’s ten men and it turned into a nightmare for former Liverpool goalkeeper Itandje.
KEY PLAYERS: Croatia’s Player of the year in both 2012 and 2013 Mandzukic would score twice in 12 minutes in the second half.
Alex Song fought hard for his country but was unfortunately sent off for one of his tough tackles.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.