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Mexico surges into World Cup knockout stage
Mexico's Andres Guardado scores his side's second goal during the Group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico on Monday at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Mexico won 3-1, finished second in the group and advanced to the knockout stage. - photo by Sergei Grits | Associated Press
RECIFE, Brazil — Mexico surged into the World Cup's knockout stage for a sixth straight time Monday with a 3-1 win against Croatia. Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored in a 10-minute span in the second half, dooming a talented Croatia side to elimination from the group stage. The Croats had to win to advance and held the bulk of possession, but had trouble seriously threatening goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who kept out all efforts until an 87th-minute consolation goal from Ivan Perisic.
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