Cameroon v Croatia, 18 June 2014

Score4-0 to Croatia
RefereePedro Proenca
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group A
VenueArena da Amazonia
Attendance39,982
Kick-off 6.00pm local (11.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Mario Mandžukić (Croatia) Assistant referees: Bertino Cunha (Portugal) Tiago Trigo (Portugal) Fourth official: Walter López (Guatemala) Fifth official: Leonel Leal (Costa Rica) The two teams had never met before. In a match where both teams needed at least a point to stay alive in the competition, Croatia opened scoring when Ivica Olić scored from close range from Ivan Perišić's pass. Just before half time, Cameroon was reduced to 10 men when Alex Song was dismissed for an off the ball incident with Mario Mandžukić. Perišić scored at the beginning of the second half when he intercepted Cameroonian goalkeeper Charles Itandje's goal kick and ran 50 yards before slotting in at the near post. Mandžukić scored the last two goals, the first a header from Danijel Pranjić's corner and the second a tap in after Itandje parried Eduardo's shot into his path. The result confirmed Cameroon's elimination from the tournament. In a case of infighting, Cameroonian defender Benoît Assou-Ekotto was caught on camera head-butting teammate Benjamin Moukandjo. On 1 July 2014, Cameroon officials announced that they had opened an investigation on claims that seven of the Cameroon's players were involved in fixing the result. However, FIFA said there was no evidence that there were any match fixing in any of Cameroon's matches. Olić, who previously scored a goal in the 2002 World Cup, became the second player to have a 12-year gap between World Cup goals, after Michael Laudrup in 1986 and 1998. Mandžukić became the first Croatian player to score a brace in a World Cup game. The 4–0 scoreline was also the biggest win by Croatia in the World Cup.

0  Cameroon

Manager: Volker Finke

4  Croatia

Manager: Niko Kovac

Goals:

Goals:

Ivica Olic 11 G
Ivan Perišić 48 G
Mario Mandžukić 61 G
Mario Mandžukić 73 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Charles Itandje
Defender Nicolas N'Koulou (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Aurelien Chedjou
Defender/Midfielder Stephane M'bia
Defender/Midfielder Joël Matip
Midfielder Eyong Enoh
Midfielder Alex Song

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa
Defender Vedran Corluka
Defender Dejan Lovren
Defender/Midfielder Darijo Srna (captain)
Midfielder Luka Modrić
Midfielder Danijel Pranjic
Midfielder Ivan Rakitić
Midfielder Sammir
Midfielder/Forward Ivan Perišić
Forward Ivica Olic

Substitutions:

Dany Nounkeu for Aurelien Chedjou 46
Pierre Webo for Vincent Aboubakar 70
Edgar Salli for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 75

Substitutions:

Eduardo for Ivica Olic 69
Mateo Kovačić for Sammir 72
Ante Rebić for Ivan Perišić 78

Cards:

Alex Song 40 R

Cards:

Eduardo 89 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Loic Feudjou
Goalkeeper Sammy N'Djock
Defender Cedric Djeugoue
Defender Dany Nounkeu
Defender Allan Nyom
Midfielder Henri Bedimo
Midfielder Landry N'Guemo
Midfielder Fabrice Olinga
Midfielder Edgar Salli
Forward Samuel Eto'o
Forward Jean Makoun
Forward Pierre Webo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Danijel Subašić
Goalkeeper Oliver Zelenika
Defender Domagoj Vida
Defender/Midfielder Šime Vrsaljko
Midfielder Milan Badelj
Midfielder Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder Mateo Kovačić
Midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic
Forward Eduardo
Forward Nikica Jelavic
Forward Ante Rebić