Mexico booked their passage to the World Cup last 16 with a 3-1 win against Croatia on Monday—enough to claim the runners-up spot behind Brazil in Group A.
The first half was a predictably tight affair, as both sides focused on stopping the other from scoring.
The closest we got to a goal was this shot from Hector Herrera, which crashed against the bar:
The second half brought more of the same for starters before things opened up. Mexico thought they should have had a penalty when the ball appeared to hit the hand of Darijo Srna.
And then El Tri found a breakthrough. Captain Rafael Marquez was the man to get it, crashing home a header from a corner.
Mexico doubled their lead soon after. Andres Guardado produced the finish after an excellent counter.
Another goal was to follow. Manchester United's Javier Hernandez was the man to get it—coming off the bench to secure Mexico's spot in the last 16.
Croatia responded with a late consolation to put some gloss on the scoreline. Ivan Perisic was the man who got it.
There was still time for Croatia's Ante Rebic to pick up a late red card.
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