2014 FIFA World Cup Group A

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Group A of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. Play began on 12 June and ended on 23 June 2014.

Teams[edit]

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
A1 (seed)  Brazil CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Hosts 30 October 2007 20th 2010 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 11 3
A2  Croatia UEFA UEFA play-off winners 19 November 2013 4th 2006 Third place (1998) 18 18
A3  Mexico CONCACAF CONCACAF vs OFC play-off winners 20 November 2013 15th 2010 Quarter-finals (1970, 1986) 24 20
A4  Cameroon CAF CAF Third Round winners 17 November 2013 7th 2010 Quarter-finals (1990) 59 56
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Croatia 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0

Matches[edit]

Brazil vs Croatia[edit]

The two teams had met in two previous matches, including in the 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Brazil 1–0.[1] Croatia forward Mario Mandžukić was suspended for the match, after being sent off in the team's final qualifier against Iceland.[2]

Croatia opened the scoring through a Marcelo own goal, as the ball bounced off him into the net after Nikica Jelavić deflected Ivica Olić's cross.[3] Neymar equalised for the hosts with a 25-yard (23 m) shot after receiving a pass from Oscar.[4] In the second half, Brazil took the lead with Neymar's penalty after Dejan Lovren was judged to have fouled Fred in the penalty area.[4] Croatia had a potential equaliser disallowed, after a foul was called on the Brazilian goalkeeper, Júlio César.[5][6][7] In added time, Oscar sealed the win, toe-poking the third goal for Brazil from 22 yards (20 m) after receiving a pass from Ramires.[4]

Post-match, FIFA referees chief, Massimo Busacca, defended the officials for awarding the penalty, and insisted there had been some contact between Lovren and Fred even if it was minimal.[8] On the other hand, renowned former top-level FIFA referee Markus Merk criticised FIFA for having Yuichi Nishimura as the referee in the opening match, labelling the refereeing in the match as "embarrassing".[9]

The game was notable for a number of pioneering events. This was the first occasion in FIFA World Cup history on which an own goal (which was also the first ever own goal scored by Brazil in World Cup finals) opened scoring in the tournament. As the first game played at this World Cup, the match also saw the first use of vanishing spray to mark free kick spots, and the advent of goal-line technology, two innovations introduced during the tournament.[10]

12 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Brazil  3–1  Croatia
Neymar Goal 29'71' (pen.)
Oscar Goal 90+1'
Report Marcelo Goal 11' (o.g.)
Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
Attendance: 62,103
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Brazil
Croatia
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 8 Paulinho Substituted off 63'
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo Booked 88'
RW 7 Hulk Substituted off 68'
AM 11 Oscar
LW 10 Neymar Booked 27' Substituted off 88'
CF 9 Fred
Substitutions:
MF 18 Hernanes Substituted in 63'
MF 20 Bernard Substituted in 68'
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-CRO 2014-06-12.svg
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka Booked 65'
CB 6 Dejan Lovren Booked 69'
LB 2 Šime Vrsaljko
CM 10 Luka Modrić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić
RW 4 Ivan Perišić
AM 20 Mateo Kovačić Substituted off 61'
LW 18 Ivica Olić
CF 9 Nikica Jelavić Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Marcelo Brozović Substituted in 61'
FW 16 Ante Rebić Substituted in 78'
 
Manager:
Niko Kovač

Man of the Match:
Neymar (Brazil)[11]

Assistant referees:
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Mexico vs Cameroon[edit]

The two teams had met in one previous match, in a friendly in 1993, won by Mexico 1–0.[12]

Mexico's Giovani dos Santos had two goals disallowed for offside in the first half. However, replays showed that he was in line with the last defender for the first case, whilst the ball came from a Cameroon player for the second.[13] In the second half, dos Santos had a shot saved by the Cameroon goalkeeper, Charles Itandje, but the ball rebounded into the path of Oribe Peralta, who slotted the ball into the net.[14]

Mexico captain Rafael Márquez made history by becoming the first player to captain his nation in four different World Cups.[15] Samuel Eto'o also appeared in his fourth World Cup, joining fellow Cameroonians Jacques Songo'o and Rigobert Song as the only African players to have achieved the feat.[16]

13 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Mexico  1–0  Cameroon
Peralta Goal 61' Report
Arena das Dunas, Natal
Attendance: 39,216
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Mexico
Cameroon
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c)
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Booked 57'
RWB 22 Paul Aguilar
LWB 7 Miguel Layún
DM 23 José Juan Vázquez
CM 6 Héctor Herrera Substituted off 90+1'
CM 18 Andrés Guardado Substituted off 69'
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos
CF 19 Oribe Peralta Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Marco Fabián Substituted in 69'
FW 14 Javier Hernández Substituted in 74'
DF 3 Carlos Salcido Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Miguel Herrera
MEX-CMR 2014-06-13.svg
GK 16 Charles Itandje
RB 4 Cédric Djeugoué Substituted off 46'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
CB 14 Aurélien Chedjou
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
DM 6 Alex Song Substituted off 79'
RM 17 Stéphane Mbia
LM 18 Eyong Enoh
AM 8 Benjamin Moukandjo
AM 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
CF 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
Substitutions:
DF 5 Dany Nounkeu Booked 77' Substituted in 46'
FW 15 Pierre Webó Substituted in 79'
 
Manager:
Germany Volker Finke

Man of the Match:
Giovani dos Santos (Mexico)

Assistant referees:
Humberto Clavijo (Colombia)
Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Marwa (Kenya)

Brazil vs Mexico[edit]

The two teams had met in 38 previous matches, including three times in the FIFA World Cup group stage, all won by Brazil (1950: 4–0; 1954: 5–0; 1962: 2–0).[17] Their most recent meeting was in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Brazil 2–0.

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made four outstanding saves to deny Brazil. In the first half he saved a header from Neymar diving to his right to push around the post and blocked a close-range effort from Paulinho. In the second half he saved a low shot from Neymar and a late point blank header from Thiago Silva.[18]

This was the first time since the 1970 FIFA World Cup that the host team drew 0–0 in the group stage.[citation needed] Mexico became the first team from outside UEFA or CONMEBOL to take a point from Brazil in the World Cup.[19]

17 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Brazil  0–0  Mexico
Report
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 60,342
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Brazil
Mexico
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c) Booked 79'
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 8 Paulinho
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo
CM 11 Oscar Substituted off 84'
RW 16 Ramires Booked 45' Substituted off 46'
LW 10 Neymar
CF 9 Fred Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Bernard Substituted in 46'
FW 21 Substituted in 68'
MF 19 Willian Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-MEX 2014-06-17.svg
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c)
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
RWB 22 Paul Aguilar Booked 59'
LWB 7 Miguel Layún
DM 23 José Juan Vázquez Booked 62'
CM 6 Héctor Herrera Substituted off 76'
CM 18 Andrés Guardado
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos Substituted off 84'
CF 19 Oribe Peralta Substituted off 74'
Substitutes:
FW 14 Javier Hernández Substituted in 74'
MF 8 Marco Fabián Substituted in 76'
FW 9 Raúl Jiménez Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Miguel Herrera

Man of the Match:
Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Cameroon vs Croatia[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22][23] Song later apologised to Mandžukić and his country for his ejection, while Cameroonian coach Volker Finke said he was very disappointed with their performance.[24][25][26]

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.[27][28] However, FIFA said there was no evidence that there were any match fixing in any of Cameroon's matches.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31]

18 June 2014
18:00 UTC−4
Cameroon  0–4  Croatia
Report Olić Goal 11'
Perišić Goal 48'
Mandžukić Goal 61'73'
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Attendance: 39,982
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
Cameroon
Croatia
GK 16 Charles Itandje
RB 17 Stéphane Mbia
CB 14 Aurélien Chedjou Substituted off 46'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou (c)
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
DM 21 Joël Matip
CM 6 Alex Song Red card 40'
CM 18 Eyong Enoh
RW 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Substituted off 75'
LW 8 Benjamin Moukandjo
CF 10 Vincent Aboubakar Substituted off 70'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Dany Nounkeu Substituted in 46'
FW 15 Pierre Webó Substituted in 70'
MF 20 Edgar Salli Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Germany Volker Finke
CMR-CRO 2014-06-18.svg
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
LB 3 Danijel Pranjić
CM 10 Luka Modrić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić
RW 4 Ivan Perišić Substituted off 78'
AM 19 Sammir Substituted off 72'
LW 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off 69'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić
Substitutions:
FW 22 Eduardo Booked 89' Substituted in 69'
MF 20 Mateo Kovačić Substituted in 72'
FW 16 Ante Rebić Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Niko Kovač

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)

Cameroon vs Brazil[edit]

The two teams had met in four previous matches, including in the 1994 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Brazil 3–0.[32] Their most recent meeting was in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Cameroon 1–0. Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was suspended for the match (first match of a three-match ban), after being sent off in the previous match against Croatia.[33]

Brazil, where a draw would guarantee their qualification to the knockout stage, opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Luiz Gustavo crossed from the left for Neymar to beat the goalkeeper with a first time low side-footed finish to the corner.[34] Already-eliminated Cameroon equalised when Allan Nyom beat Dani Alves on the left before crossing for Joël Matip to finish from close range. Neymar put Brazil back in front when he collected the ball from Marcelo and ran at goal before finishing with a low right foot shot that wrong footed the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area.[35] In the second half David Luiz crossed from the left for Fred to extend Brazil's lead with a close range header before half-time substitute Fernandinho completed the scoring when he collected a pass from Oscar before finishing with a low right footed shot.[36] The result assured that Brazil pipped Mexico on goal difference to qualify to the knockout stage as group winners.

The match was Brazil's 100th in the World Cup, and they followed Germany (which played their 100th match in their first game of the 2014 World Cup) to become the second team to reach the milestone.[37]

23 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Cameroon  1–4  Brazil
Matip Goal 26' Report Neymar Goal 17'35'
Fred Goal 49'
Fernandinho Goal 84'
Cameroon
Brazil
GK 16 Charles Itandje
RB 22 Allan Nyom
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou (c)
CB 21 Joël Matip
LB 12 Henri Bedimo
DM 7 Landry N'Guémo
CM 17 Stéphane Mbia Booked 80'
CM 18 Eyong Enoh Booked 11'
RW 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Substituted off 81'
LW 8 Benjamin Moukandjo Substituted off 58'
CF 10 Vincent Aboubakar Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Edgar Salli Booked 76' Substituted in 58'
FW 15 Pierre Webó Substituted in 72'
MF 11 Jean Makoun Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Germany Volker Finke
CMR-BRA 2014-06-23.svg
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo
RM 8 Paulinho Substituted off 46'
LM 11 Oscar
RW 7 Hulk Substituted off 63'
LW 10 Neymar Substituted off 71'
CF 9 Fred
Substitutions:
MF 5 Fernandinho Substituted in 46'
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 63'
MF 19 Willian Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Neymar (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Croatia vs Mexico[edit]

The two teams had met in three previous matches, including in the 2002 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Mexico 1–0.[38]

Coming into the final round of matches, Croatia needed to win to guarantee qualification to the knockout stage regardless of the result of Cameroon vs Brazil, while Mexico only needed a draw to do so. The game was goalless for the first 70 minutes, until a Héctor Herrera corner to the back post allowed Rafael Márquez to score from a header, outleaping the Croatian defenders.[39] With Croatia progressing only by way of a win, they were caught out on a break a short time later where Andrés Guardado scored after receiving a pass from Oribe Peralta. Mexico scored their third goal when Márquez flicked on Guardado's corner with substitute Javier Hernández scoring at the back post. Ivan Perišić scored in his second consecutive World Cup match after a neat back pass from Ivan Rakitić to get a consolation goal for Croatia in the closing minutes of the game, before Croatia's Ante Rebić was sent off for a foul on Carlos Peña.[40] Mexico qualified as group runners-up (behind Brazil on goal difference) on virtue of the win, while Croatia were eliminated.

With his goal, Márquez joined Cuauhtémoc Blanco as the only Mexican player to score in three World Cups.[41]

23 June 2014
17:00 UTC−3
Croatia  1–3  Mexico
Perišić Goal 87' Report Márquez Goal 72'
Guardado Goal 75'
Hernández Goal 82'
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Attendance: 41,212
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Croatia
Mexico
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
LB 2 Šime Vrsaljko Substituted off 58'
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić Booked 9'
CM 3 Danijel Pranjić Substituted off 74'
RW 4 Ivan Perišić
AM 10 Luka Modrić
LW 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off 69'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić
Substitutions:
MF 20 Mateo Kovačić Substituted in 58'
FW 16 Ante Rebić Red card 89' Substituted in 69'
FW 9 Nikica Jelavić Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Niko Kovač
CRO-MEX 2014-06-23.svg
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c) Booked 39'
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
RWB 22 Paul Aguilar
LWB 7 Miguel Layún
DM 23 José Juan Vázquez Booked 66'
CM 6 Héctor Herrera
CM 18 Andrés Guardado Substituted off 84'
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos Substituted off 62'
CF 19 Oribe Peralta Substituted off 79'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Javier Hernández Substituted in 62'
MF 21 Carlos Peña Substituted in 79'
MF 8 Marco Fabián Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Miguel Herrera

Man of the Match:
Rafael Márquez (Mexico)

Assistant referees:
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
Fifth official:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)

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