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Opinion: Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) has just sent in his analysis of a combustible first-half...

This has been a typical clash of styles of so far but Mexico’s brisk imaginative passing game has been far superior. It took Cameroon a while to come to terms with those two adventurous wing-backs in Mexico’s 3-5-2 system – Paul Aguilar and Miguel Layun, both of Club America.

Also picking up on the referee's role in the game, Jack thinks the 'El Tri' need the three points more.
The problem for Mexico is turning their advantage into goals and Giovani Dos Santos was unlucky to have two goals disallowed for offside. Coach Miguel Herrera will be keenly aware, though, of the technical quality Croatia have at their disposal too. Three points is a must for ‘El Tri’ in Natal this afternoon – they just need to pick their way through.


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