Mexico met Croatia in Recife with a place in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup on the line.
It was Mexico who ran out 3-1 winners and they will face the Netherlands in the second round on Sunday.
Check below for comprehensive analysis and player ratings for both sides.
|Mexico Player Ratings|
|Player||Half-Time Rating||Full-Time Rating|
|Giovani Dos Santos||5||5|
Guillermo Ochoa: The hero against Brazil has yet to be tested.
Francisco Rodriguez: Mexico have been looking to find the big defender at the near post at every corner.
Rafael Marquez: Booked for a cynical foul on Ivan Perisic to stop a break and must be cautious.
Hector Moreno: Croatia have rarely threatened Mexico's trio of central defenders.
Miguel Layun: Willing and had a goalbound shot deflected behind for a corner by Vedran Corluka
Paul Aguilar: Fantastic header to deny Mario Mandzukic a simple nod-in. Threatening going forward.
Andres Guardado: Shown good energy and outmuscled Darijo Srna to force a corner.
Hector Herrera: Could have had sight at goal if his touch from Rafael Marquez’ free-kick was better, but unlucky not to open the scoring when he rifled a shot against the crossbar.
Jose Vazquez: Has worked hard to limit the impact of Ivan Rakitic on the game.
Giovani Dos Santos: Shown glimpses of promise when running at the Croatia defence, but on the fringes of proceedings.
Oribe Peralta: Beat the offside trap but slipped at the vital moment and failed to get his shot off.
Guillermo Ochoa: Got down low and made a good save to deny Perisic in injury-time.
Francisco Rodriguez: Got away with a casual clearance early in the second half but solid.
Rafael Marquez: Headed home the opening goal and then flicked on at the near post for the second.
Hector Moreno: Covered well to nip in ahead of Ivica Olic in the penalty area and made a fantastic stop on his goalline to deny Ante Rebic.
Miguel Layun: Mexico were more of an attacking threat down the right but handled Srna comfortably.
Paul Aguilar: Did superbly to create the chance that should have earned Mexico a penalty and forced a fine save from Pletikosa.
Andres Guardado: A sweet strike on goal was clearly handled and should have earned Mexico a penalty but put the game to bed with the second goal.
Hector Herrera: Superb delivery from the corner for Mexico’s opener.
Jose Vazquez: A cynical foul to halt a Croatia corner means he is suspended for the Dutch game.
Giovani Dos Santos: Replaced in the 62nd minute after not having an impact on the game.
Oribe Peralta: Lovely square ball for the second goal before being taken off in the 79th minute.
Javier Hernandez: Came on in the 62nd minute and nipped in with a far post header for his side’s third goal.
Carlos Pena: Came on in the 79th minute.
Marco Fabian: Came on in the 84th minute.
|Croatia Player Ratings|
|Player||Half-Time Rating||Full-Time Rating|
Stipe Pletikosa: Beaten all ends up by Herrera's shot, but yet to make a significant save.
Sime Vrsaljko: Hasn't offered anything on the overlap.
Vedran Corluka: Made a crucial block to turn Layun's shot behind for a corner.
Dejan Lovren: Central defenders were split by Herrera's delicious pass to Peralta, but otherwise solid.
Darijo Srna: A cute lob into the area from a corner almost caused trouble, but he curled a free-kick over the top.
Ivan Perisic: Spurned a great chance to run in on goal when he tried to pick out Olic, and slashed a shot high over the top.
Ivan Rakitic: A great cross from a short corner, but early yellow for a hefty challenge on Jose Vazquez and well shackled.
Danijel Pranjic: A shot from distance failed to test Ochoa, and has not impacted the game as he did against Cameroon.
Ivica Olic: A peripheral figure.
Luka Modric: Released from his defensive responsibilities in an advanced role, but a marginal impact so far.
Mario Mandzukic: Workhorse who earned an early corner with his persistence and teed up Perisic for a good chance.
Stipe Pletikosa: Totally misjudged a corner and was lucky that Corluka headed off his line, made a good save with his feet from Aguilar but slow to get down to the opening goal.
Sime Vrsaljko: Sacrificed in the 58th minute.
Vedran Corluka: Headed a swinging corner off his own line to keep his team on level terms before Mexico ran riot.
Dejan Lovren: No answers as Mexico swamped forward.
Darijo Srna: Lucky not to concede a penalty when he almost caught Guardado’s shot.
Ivan Perisic: Pulled back a consolation goal for his side with a late strike and a crisp volley was repelled by Ochoa in injury-time.
Ivan Rakitic: Showed a glimpse of his ability with the back heel for Perisic’s goal but went to sleep for Mexico’s third.
Danijel Pranjic: Spurned a great opportunity to find Mandzukic early in the period and taken off in the 74th minute.
Ivica Olic: No impact and replaced in the 69th minute.
Luka Modric: Weaving run to start the second-half but the Real Madrid star was a peripheral figure.
Mario Mandzukic: Gave the look of a man who was missing the service of Robben, Ribery, Kroos and co.
Mateo Kovacic: Came on in the 58th minute but little impact.
Ante Rebic: Came on in the 69th minute and a great mazy run almost resulted in a goal only for a last-gasp clearance. However blotted his copybook with a high tackle that saw him sent-off.
Nikita Jelavic: Came on in the 74th minute.
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