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World Cup Day Twelve: Croatia v. Mexico; Cameroon v. Brazil

Brazil may have the star power in Group A, but the only match that matters here is Croatia v. Mexico, with the two countries fighting over second place and the chance to advance.

Christopher Lee
SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Croatia v. Mexico
Cameroon v. Brazil
Wednesday, June 18th | 9PM BST/4PM EST
Television Listings | Full Schedule

Group A

With Brazil all but qualified, attention will be focused on Croatia and Mexico in Group A. Both sides dispatched Cameroon with relative ease and gave Brazil all they could handle—Mexico took a point and Croatia probably would have if not for incompetent officiating. And whichever fails to make it will have reason to believe they deserved better. Right now, that looks more likely to be Croatia, who have a point less than Mexico—meaning they have to win but that a win or draw sees the Mexicans through. Whatever happens, a fast, fun game seems likely to be on offer given what we've seen so far from the two countries.

In the other match, Brazil face Cameroon, and though on paper it's possible for Brazil to fail to advance—a draw in the other match combined with a loss here would see them fall to third behind Croatia on goal differential—that isn't going to happen. Mostly because while Brazil have underwhelming, Cameroon have been comprehensively terrible. A dysfunctional mess against both Mexico and Croatia and with nothing to play for here, they'd probably be better off not showing up against the hosts.

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