Mexico vs. Croatia: Live Player Ratings for FIFA World Cup Group A Match

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorJune 23, 2014

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Luka Modric of Croatia controls the ball 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 Brunskill/Getty Images)
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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
PlayerHalf-Time RatingFull-Time Rating
Guillermo Ochoa67
Francisco Rodriguez 66
Rafael Marquez67
Miguel Layun 66
Hector Moreno 68
Andres Guardado67
Paul Aguilar 78
Hector Herrera 87
Jose Vazquez65
Giovani Dos Santos 55
Oribe Peralta56
Javier Hernandez-7
Carlos Pena-6
Marco Fabian-6

Half-Time Analysis

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.

Full-Time Analysis

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
PlayerHalf-Time RatingFull-Time Rating
Stipe Pletikosa 65
Danijel Pranjic65
Vedran Corluka 66
Dejan Lovren 66
Darijo Srna65
Ivan Perisic 57
Ivan Rakitic 66
Luka Modric 55
Sime Vrsaljko55
Mario Mandzukic 76
Ivica Olic 55
Mateo Kovacic-5
Ante Rebic-4
Nikita Jelavic-6

Half-Time Analysis

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.

Full-Time Analysis

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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