Croatia sent 10-man Cameroon packing from the World Cup on Wednesday with a 4-0 thrashing of Africa's "Indomitable Lions" in Manaus.
Goals from Ivic Olic, Ivan Perisic and a brace from Mario Mandzukic helped the Croatians coast to victory while Cameroon had Alex Song sent off in the first half for a wild punch.
Mandzukic (pictured left), who returned to the team at the Arena da Amazonia after sitting out the opening loss to Brazil through suspension, headed in a corner from Danijel Pranjic in the 61st minute and then knocked in a rebound in the 73rd of the Group A game.
Cameroon was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Alex Song was given a red card for elbowing Mandzukic in the back in an off-the-ball incident in the 40th minute.
The team started without the injured Samuel Eto’o, the team’s best player.
The game puts Croatia just a point behind Group A leaders Brazil and Mexico, leaving their destiny in their own hands when they face the Aztecs in Recife on Monday.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)
Date created : 2014-06-19