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Cameroon vs. Croatia: Live Player Ratings

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Ivica Olic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at Arena Amazonia on June 18, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

Croatia hammered a 10-man Cameroon 4-0 in Manaus, as Alex Song was sent off in the first half.

Ivica Olic, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic twice found the net in the Group A clash, with the result ensuring that Cameroon have been knocked out.

Here are the live ratings:

 

Cameroon Player Ratings

PlayerHalf-timeFull-time
Charles Itandje 5 4
Nicolas Nkoulou  5  4
Aurelien Chedjou 5 5
Joel Matip 6 5
Benoit Assou-Ekotto 6 5
Alex Song 3 3
Stephane Mbia 4 4
Eyong Enoh 6 5
Benjamin Moukandjo 6 6
Maxim Choupo-Moting 6 6
Vincent Aboubakar 7 7
Dany NounkeuN/A5
Pierre WeboN/A5
Edgar SalliN/A5

 

Cameroon First-Half Analysis

Charles Itandje: Looked a little nervy, but he saved well from Perisic's scuffed effort.

Nicolas Nkoulou: Composed display so far but nowhere to be seen for the goal.

Aurelien Chedjou: Solid but unspectacular.

Joel Matip: One bumbling run forward told the story of his team's first half.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: Has quality when he wants to show it.

Alex Song: Moment of idiocy has cost his country dearly.

Stephane Mbia: Lack of end product hugely frustrating.

Eyong Enoh: Has energy in abundance.

Benjamin Moukandjo: Lively at the beginning but then tailed off.

Maxim Choupo-Moting: Taking up decent positions.

Vincent Aboubakar: His team's best player. Lively and dangerous. 

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Alex Song of Cameroon walks off the field after receiving a red card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at Arena Amazonia on June 18, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Brunski
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Cameroon Second-Half Analysis

Charles Itandje: Hapless, clearly, but he's also unfortunate not to get more help from his defenders.

Nicolas Nkoulou: Quickly folded when the defence came under increased pressure following the Song red card.

Aurelien Chedjou: Replaced at half-time.

Joel Matip: Overrun in midfield by players of far higher quality.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: Started to look disinterested and went missing for large periods.

Alex Song: Missed second half following first-half foolishness.

Stephane Mbia: Extremely poor and leggy. Game seemed too fast for him, as did former Sevilla teammate Ivan Rakitic.

Eyong Enoh: Ran around a lot but to little effect.

Benjamin Moukandjo: Missed a sitter late on and was largely frustrating.

Maxim Choupo-Moting: Has so much promise but seems unwilling to utilise it correctly.

Vincent Aboubakar: Best player for his side throughout. Often offered for a pass and was lively until being replaced.

Dany Nounkeu: On at half-time but had little to no effect.

Pierre Webo: Brought a good save from Stipe Pletikosa with a header.

Edgar Salli: Victim of a bad challenge by Eduardo.

 

 

Croatia Player Ratings

PlayerHalf-timeFull-time
Stipe Pletikosa 5 6
Darijo Srna 5 6
Vedran Corluka 6 6
Dejan Lovren 6 7
Danijel Pranjic 5 5
Ivan Rakitic 6 7
Luka Modric 7 7
Ivan Perisic 8 9
Sammir 6 6
Ivica Olic 7 7
Mario Mandzukic 6 8
Eduardo da SilvaN/A6
Mateo KovacicN/A6
Ante RebicN/A5

 

Croatia First-Half Analysis

Stipe Pletikosa: Hasn't had much to do.

Darijo Srna: Hasn't been at his best.

Vedran Corluka: Solid.

Dejan Lovren: Has handled everything that Vincent Aboubakar has tried.

Danijel Pranjic: Not getting forward enough.

Ivan Rakitic: Not quite at his stellar best, though good set pieces.

Luka Modric: Quietly effective.

Ivan Perisic: Best player on the pitch. Always seems to find space.

Sammir: Disappointingly ineffective.

Ivica Olic: Right place, right time for his goal.

Mario Mandzukic: A nuisance for Cameroon, and drew the red card.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Mario Mandzukic of Croatia (2nd R) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal, his second, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at Arena Amazonia on June 18, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (P
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

 

Croatia Second-Half Analysis

Stipe Pletikosa: Didn't have much to do.

Darijo Srna: Not the attacking force he once was.

Vedran Corluka: Did everything he needed to do.

Dejan Lovren: The team's leader at the back.

Danijel Pranjic: Steady.

Ivan Rakitic: Improved second half and almost scored a deserved goal.

Luka Modric: Made things tick in the middle.

Ivan Perisic: Man of the match. A terrific display capped off with a classy goal.

Sammir: Will be frustrated at not taking his chance to impress.

Ivica Olic: As hardworking as ever.

Mario Mandzukic: Two poacher's goals. Will be vital in the rest of the tournament.

Eduardo: Didn't take a presentable chance and was booked.

Mateo Kovacic: Pleasing cameo.

Ante Rebic: Didn't have enough time to impress.

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