Updated: Tuesday, 24 June 2014 03:42 | By Agence France-Presse

Vrsaljko recalled for Croatia, Mexico unchanged

Croatia recalled defender Sime Vrsaljko for their pivotal game against Group A rivals Mexico, who remained unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with hosts Brazil last time out.

Vrsaljko recalled for Croatia, Mexico unchanged

A football fan cheers prior to a Group A football match between Croatia and Mexico at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014 - by Yuri Cortez

Vrsaljko, who filled in for the injured Danijel Pranjic at left-back in the opening 3-1 defeat to Brazil, was chosen ahead of Brazil-born attacking midfielder Sammir.

His inclusion means captain Darijo Srna could play a more advanced role down the right with Vrsaljko slotting in at full-back.

Meanwhile, Mexico coach Miguel Herrera kept faith with the team that frustrated Brazil and beat Cameroon 1-0 with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez again left out.

Mexico need just to avoid defeat to take their place in the last 16, where either the Netherlands or Chile await, while Croatia would be eliminated with a defeat.

A draw would suffice for Croatia should Cameroon, who have yet to collect a point or score a goal, beat Brazil.


Stipe Pletikosa; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Vedran Corluka, Danijel Pranjic; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Darijo Srna (capt); Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic 

Coach: Niko Kovac (CRO)


Guillermo Ochoa; Paul Aguilar, Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Marquez (capt), Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun; Jose Juan Vazquez, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta

Coach: Miguel Herrera (MEX)

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)

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