Cameroon vs Croatia, Avoid Premature End

Written By Sri Paryati on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Cameroon and Croatia need full points when the two faced on Thursday (19/6) to avoid a premature end at the World Cup this time. Both are new bitter defeat in the inaugural match of Group A of each of Brazil and Mexico. 

Cameroon appearance did not improve with their now 5 game losing streak at the last World Cup. As for Croatia, the defeat of Brazil in the first game eclipsed the fact that they played pretty well in this World Cup. 

When it took full points, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o actually lost due to injury entangled. Pierre Webo will most likely plotted as a lone striker up front. 

Dany Nounkeu that plays well when replacing Cedric Djeugoue possibility also installed as a starter. While Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who perform less than the maximum current likely to face Mexico still given a chance since the early minutes. 

Different from Cameroon who can not perform full team, Croatia otherwise not have a problem with skuatnya. Danijel Pranjic is absent when Croatia lost 1-3 against Brazil due to injury will fill the starter in the left back position. 


On the front lines, Croatia was able to welcome back Mario Mandzukic newly freed from the sanctions ban. While Dejan Lovren is likely to be maintained even when Krosia result in a penalty against Brazil in the first game.

Kamerun (4-1-4-1): Itandje; Assou-Ekotto, Chedjou, N'Koulou, Nounkeu; Song; Choupo-Moting, Enoh, Mbia, Moukandjo; Webo.

Kroasia (4-2-3-1): Pletikosa; Pranjic, Lovren, Corluka, Srna; Modric, Rakitic; Perisic, Kovacic, Olic; Mandzukic.

Data and facts

  • It will be the first meeting between Cameroon and Croatia. 
  • It also will be the first meeting of Croatia in the World Cup against a team from Africa. 
  • Cameroon won just once in 13 World Cup matches against European teams (2-1 against Romania in 1990), 5 draws and losing 7 times. 
  • Cameroon won just once in 14 games last World Cup (1-0 against Saudi Arabia in 2002), the other 4 ended in a draw and 9 defeats.
  • Cameroon has been lost in 5 games last World Cup, the country's longest losing streak of the African continent in the World Cup. 
  • Cameroon only scored 7 goals in 12 matches during the World Cup final and it's never scored more than one. 
  • Croatia will play a Mario Mandzukic for the first time in the World Cup finals. No players exceeds Mandzukic scored a header in the top five European competitions 2013-14 season (7 goals). 
  • Cameroon recorded only one shot on target in the whole group stage matches against Mexico and it came on 91 minutes. 
  • Cameroon has played 21 World Cup matches and one shot on target in the opening match against Mexico is the least they please register at the World Cup. 
  • Croatia has never won the World Cup last 5 games (3 losses and 2 draws), their last victory in the World Cup happening in a 2-1 win against Italy in the 2002 World Cup.

written By : Sri Paryati ~Other World Cup

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