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Monday, 3 June, 2002, 08:22 GMT 09:22 UK

Clockwatch: Croatia 0-1 Mexico

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90 mins: The referee blows the final whistle to end a very disappointing game. Mexico deserve their win after an industrious performance. Goalscorer Cuauhtemoc Blanco was lively up front for Mexico. Croatia lacked ambition, energy and desire.
Full-time: Croatia 0-1 Mexico

89 mins: Oscar Perez brilliantly saves to deny Josip Simunic.

85 mins: The match moves towards the final whistle. Ramon Morales almost scores Mexico's second goal but his shot from a tight angle is saved by Stipe Pletikosa.

79 mins: Francisco Palencia replaces goalscorer Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

73 mins: Croatia appear sluggish and the energetic Mexicans seem the most likely to score again.

67 mins: Chelsea midfielder Mario Stanic replaces Alen Boksic. With Davor Suker already withdrawn, Croatia have no recognised strikers left on the field. Mexico's veteran forward Luis Hernandez replaces Jared Borgetti.

65 mins: Oscar Perez goalkeeper struggles to save Zvonimir Soldo's long-range shot.

60 mins: Cuauhtemoc Blanco tidily strokes the ball home from the penalty spot. The spot kick was awarded for a rash challenge on Blanco by Boris Zivkovic - for which the Croatian defender was sent off. It is the first red card of the competition.
Croatia 0-1 Mexico

54 mins: Substitute Milan Rapaic smashes a free-kick narrowly wide.

47 mins: Zvonimir Soldo's excellent near-post header is well saved by Oscar Perez.

46 mins: The second-half begins with Rapaic replacing Robert Prosinecki.

45 mins: A disappointing end comes to a close. Croatia have shown little of the verve that characterised their play in France four years ago when they reached the semi-finals. Mexico end the half on the attack and seem the most likely to score.
Half-time: Croatia 0-0 Mexico

40 mins: Gerardo Torrado's curling shot is easily saved. After a sluggish start Mexico have started to impose themselves on the game with their tight, precise passing football.

33 mins: Mexico squander the best chance of the game. Ramon Morales' mis-hit shot breaks to Jared Borgetti, who is unmarked six yards from goal. But the 29-year-old striker stabs wide with the goal at his mercy.

21 mins: Niko Kovac bends a dangerous cross behind the Mexican defence but the ball is put out for a corner. Mexico clear the corner - but only after Simunic wins another header at the far post.

15 mins: Torrado blasts over from long range. Mexico are struggling to impose themselves on the match, in particular finding it difficult to compete physically in midfield.

6 mins: Simunic heads goalwards but Perez makes a brilliant athletic save, tipping the ball around the post for a corner. The game has started with both teams pushing forward as often as possible.

3 mins: Croatia's Robert Prosinecki blasts the first free-kick of the match over Perez's crossbar.

0730 BST: Blanco kicks off the first ever competitive match between Croatia and Mexico.


Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa, Boris Zivkovic, Robert Kovac, Josip Simunic, Robert Jarni, Stjepan Tomas, Zvonimir Soldo, Niko Kovac, Robert Prosinecki, Davor Suker, Alen Boksic

Mexico: Oscar Perez, Manuel Vidrio, Rafael Marquez, Salvador Carmona, Ramon Morales, Gabriel Caballero, Gerardo Torrado, Braulio Luna, Sigifredo Mercado, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Jared Borgetti

Referee: Jun Lu (China)

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