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World Cup 2014: Will Mexico beat Croatia to move forward?

World Cup: Mexico must get a draw to advance
World Cup: Mexico must get a draw to advance
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The World Cup competition turns to another North American team on Monday that needs to win to advance. The competition between Mexico and Croatia appears to be one of the toughest games yet as both need to win. According to SBNation on Monday, the players for both teams going into the competition have no issues with injuries, leaving fans ready to see a game that will be filled with passion and skill at the highest level. The focus of both teams is to win and the game looks to be tight.

Heading into the game, it appears that Mexico might have a slight advantage. Their previous game, with the goalless draw against Brazil, has confirmed the team is a point ahead of Croatia. This means a draw against Croatia would be enough for them to qualify for the next round. The fans are hoping for a win, but advancing in the competition is more important at this point.

However, as fans have seen at the World Cup, everything looks easier on paper. The real battle is on the field. Croatia definitely has some star players when it comes to the two teams. Fans know that the players Ivan Rakitić, Luka Modrić and Mario Mandžukić, are going to be battling hard. Mexico doesn’t have this type of lineup, but the unit is tight and works well together as a team.

According to the New York Times on Monday, Croatia has been talking a good game. Pouring on the verbal game, the players have suggested they will win. The tactic has fans excited and it also has people questioning if this really will happen. The almost too boastful talk has been loud and proud which might give Mexico enough fuel to really come on strong and beat Croatia.

The World Cup Mexico versus Croatia game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET. The game plays at the same time that Cameroon takes on Brazil. There might be a lot of channel switching on Monday as both games will be fun to watch.