Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia

What’s at stake

Samual Eto’o is out of this match with a knee injury. That’s bad news for him, and for Cameroon.

A questionable call by Japanese ref Yuichi Nishimura against Croatia in its match with Brazil changed the tone of that game. The Vatreni have to put that behind them in taking on The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

Impact players

  • Cameroon: Alex Song. With Eto’o out, his team will lean on midfielder Song to lead them into battle against Croatia.
  • Croatia: Luka Modric. The team's star playmaker was injured in the opening match. If he’s back to match fitness he’ll be very dangerous, as always.

What to watch for

Croatia played well against host Brazil from the opening whistle. The team will come out flying against Cameroon.

​​Cameroon needs goals - badly. They’re the only Group A team without a goal, and one of only three teams so far to have not scored.

These two teams have never met before. But they’ll go at it hammer-and-tongs in trying to secure key points.

They said it

  • “During the match against Mexico, I tried but after consulting the medical staff we realized that I needed a rest. Even in the ninth minute, I felt pain.” — Samuel Eto’o speaking after his team’s 1-0 defeat.
  • “If that’s a penalty, we don’t need to play football anymore. Let’s play basketball instead. It’s a shame.” — Croatian manager Niko Kovac speaking to reporters after his team’s loss to Brazil.

The Big Number

2 — The number of injuries to key players, Eto’o and Modric. We know the former is out. But is the latter back in top form?

Obligatory Fun Fact

Croatia has never played an African team at the World Cup.