Featured Matches
Previous
Germany
Argentina
ESPNDeportes Sep 3, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Czech Republic
United States
Sep 3, 2014 6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
England
Norway
Sep 3, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC
Sep 3, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England Revolution
Sporting Kansas City
Sep 3, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chivas USA
Seattle Sounders FC
Sep 3, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Rochdale
0
1
LIVE 51'
Game Details
Oldham Athletic
Bradford City
0
0
LIVE 53'
Game Details
Accrington Stanley
Carlisle United
1
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Barnsley
York City
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Fleetwood Town
Morecambe
1
2
LIVE HT
Game Details
Notts County
Mansfield Town
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Preston North End
Shrewsbury Town
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Chesterfield
2
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Southend United
1
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Oxford United
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Crawley Town
Cambridge United
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Leyton Orient
1
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Stevenage
Gillingham
0
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Portsmouth
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Ballymena
Institute
1
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Cliftonville
Linfield
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Coleraine
Crusaders
0
2
LIVE HT
Game Details
Dungannon Swifts
Warrenpoint Town
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Glenavon
Ballinamallard Utd
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Glentoran
Portadown
1
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Sp. Belgrano
Huracán
7:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Atlético Tucumán
Temperley
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
ABC
CR Vasco da Gama
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Goianiense
Boa MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Sampaio Correa-MA
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Joinville
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Hernandez: Mexicans abroad thriving

Mexico 3 hours ago
Read

Hernandez: Jimenez transitioning well

Mexico Aug 19, 2014
Read

Faitelson: The other Raúl in Madrid

Liga MX Aug 13, 2014
Read

Rafa Márquez: Architect of his utopias

Mexico Aug 7, 2014
Read

Marquez makes another Euro run

Mexico Aug 5, 2014
Read

Rumors continue for Mexicans abroad

Mexico Jul 29, 2014
Read

Hernandez: Mexicans performing abroad

Mexico Jul 22, 2014
Read
 Posted by Tom Marshall
Jun 23, 2014

Mexico grades: El Tri advances

Mexico's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored the third goal of the game and gave Mexico a 3-0 lead.

It was a historic display by Mexico against Croatia, which kept El Tri's brilliant World Cup campaign under Miguel Herrera alive with a 3-1 win.

Mexico turned on the style in the second half against Croatia on Monday in Recife, Brazil, dispatching the European side to set up a round of 16 clash against the Netherlands.

Rafa Marquez got the vital opener from a header in the 72nd minute, with Andres Guardado netting three minutes later and Javier Hernandez wrapping up the scoring for El Tri to end a game filled with high tension that Mexico fully deserved to win. Ivan Perisic scored a late consolation for Croatia. The European side posed only intermittent threats to Mexico, which was able to tame Croatia's fearsome midfield.

Player ratings for El Tri (out of 10):

Guillermo Ochoa (GK) - 7: The heroics weren't required, but Ochoa looked solid, handled the ball well and is radiating confidence to his defense.

Paul Aguilar (RWB) - 7: Absolutely key defensive header in the 13th minute that was almost worth a goal. Aguilar outshone Miguel Layun on the other wing all game, although his crossing was anything but refined. Another battling performance.


Mexico celebrates its success in Group A, finishing second in the group.


Francisco Rodriguez (CB) - 8: "Maza" has been reborn in this World Cup. His form has been a massive factor in Mexico not receiving a goal in the first 266 minutes of the tournament. A big, physical presence, the Cruz Azul player has been a revelation and his understanding with Aguilar and fellow center backs Hector Moreno and Rafa Marquez is improving all the time.

Rafael Marquez (CB) - 8: A Jekyll and Hyde performance from the captain. He was immense in his distribution and in his defensive work for the majority of the 90 minutes. But he ruined his night partially when he brought down Perisic on the edge of the penalty area to earn a yellow card just before halftime. In the 69th, he gave the ball away on the edge of the box and Croatia should've capitalized. Minutes later, he met a corner with the timing that has marked his career to score a vital goal for El Tri.

Hector Moreno (CB) - 8: A class act and it is no surprise some of Europe's bigger clubs are sniffing around Moreno. Strong against Croatia positionally, on the ball and in reading the opposition attacks.

- Netherlands vs. Mexico, Sunday, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN

Miguel Layun (LWB) - 5: Needlessly gave the ball away in the 22nd for perhaps Croatia's most dangerous attack of the first half. A night to forget for the Club America player. Looks bereft of confidence and may not start against the Netherlands.

Hector Herrera (AM) - 8.5: On a different level. Outshone Real Madrid's Luka Modric and hit the angle of the goal with a shot from 25 yards (meters) in the 16th. He also set up Oribe Peralta for a chance he should've capitalized on three minutes later. A quality performance for a player who is increasingly important to Mexico.

Jose Juan Vazquez (DM) - 7.5: It's incredible to think Vazquez had never played in Mexico's first division two years ago today. "Gallito" kept Modric quiet and did the dirty work with aplomb. Vazquez did pick up a yellow card, though, and will miss the round of 16 match.

Andres Guardado (AM) - 8: Good poise, drive, skill, passing and used his experience well. There was also a finish of some quality in the 75th.

Giovani dos Santos (ST) - 6: Dropped back more than usual and was involved in some intricate build-up play. However, Dos Santos failed to really scare the Croatia defense with his running or anything else and was brought off early.

Oribe Peralta (ST) - 6: Tripped over when he was clean through on goal in the 19th, but worked extremely hard, pulling off a key defensive header just before halftime and battling the Croatia defense, which clearly didn't enjoy his presence.

Substitutes:

Javier Hernandez (on for Dos Santos, 62nd) - 8: A live wire off the bench and netted his first goal for Mexico in exactly one year and one day. Pushed his case for a start against the Netherlands.

Carlos Pena (on for Peralta, 79) - NR: Not really on long enough to make a difference in his World Cup debut.

Marco Fabian (on for Guardado, 84) - NR: Again, didn't have enough minutes to make an impact.

Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall has been based in Guadalajara since 2008 and has specialized in writing about Mexican football ever since. As well as contributing to ESPN Insider's Mexico National Team blog (@ESPNtri), he co-hosts The Mexican Soccer Show podcast and can be found on twitter @MexicoWorldCup