Cameroon failed to progress beyond the World Cup group stage once again as they slumped to defeat against Croatia.

The African side fell behind in the 11th minute as Ivica Olic fired home, and were reduced to 10 men after Alex Song lashed out at Mario Mandzukic.

Match analysis

"I was in Cameroon when the team qualified for the World Cup.

"There was so much joy and hope, that after failing to qualify for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, they had finally turned the corner.

"It won't be the defeat that hurts the most, it'll be the way the team has played. Too defensive, too cautious, too afraid. The antithesis of what made Cameroon perhaps Africa's most famous football nation."

Ivan Perisic made it 2-0 when he punished goalkeeper Charles Itandje's poor clearance, before Mandzukic headed home Croatia's third.

Mandzukic added his second, tapping in after Eduardo's shot was parried.

Niko Kovac's side now face Mexico in their final Group A game knowing victory would assure them of a place in the last 16 for the first time in four attempts.

But Cameroon have failed to reach the second round for their fifth successive World Cup.

They looked rudderless without injured captain Samuel Eto'o, and their task became more difficult when Song lost his cool five minutes before the break.

The Barcelona midfielder inexplicably lashed out at Mandzukic's back as he tracked the Croatia striker, and referee Pedro Proenca had no hesitation in showing him a red card.

Cameroon were already a goal down, with Olic having tapped in after a lovely pass from the impressive Perisic.

Cameroon players bust-up after Croatia defeat

Wolfsburg midfielder Perisic, who has been linked with Everton, then went close with a header before he doubled Croatia's advantage with a excellent run and finish after Itandje found him with a poor kick.

Mandzukic, who was suspended for Croatia's opening game, then showed his aerial prowess by netting a powerful header following Danijel Pranjic's corner.

And the Bayern Munich striker completed the rout with an easy tap-in after the nervy Itandje could only push substitute Eduardo's tame shot into his path.

Cameroon's best attempt came in the dying seconds, when substitute Pierre Webo's header forced Stipe Pletikosa to save brilliantly.

And there was still time for the four-time African champions' full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto to thrust his head at team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo during an argument in stoppage time.

Cameroon still have to face hosts Brazil, and will have to improve markedly in both performance and discipline if they are to avoid another embarrassment.

Alex Song of Cameroon walks off the field after receiving a red card

Song's (left) uncle Rigobert was sent off in two World Cups

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (second left) heads the ball

Mandzukic, who scored twice, was Croatia's player of the year in 2012 and 2013

Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje looks at the ball after Croatia"s forward Ivica Olic scores

Itandje had a night to forget in the Cameroon goal

Cameroons Pierre Webo (centre) tries to separate team-mates Benjamin Moukandjo (left) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Moukandjo (left) and Assou-Ekotto were involved in an ugly incident towards the end

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Cameroon

  • 16 Itandje
  • 17 Mbia
  • 02 Assou-Ekotto
  • 21 Matip
  • 03 N'Koulou
  • 14 Chedjou (Nounkeu - 45' )
  • 08 Moukandjo
  • 06 Song Dismissed
  • 10 Aboubakar (Webó - 70' )
  • 18 Enoh
  • 13 Choupo-Moting (Salli - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Feudjou
  • 04 Djeugoue
  • 05 Nounkeu
  • 07 N'Guémo
  • 09 Eto'o
  • 11 Makoun
  • 12 Bedimo
  • 15 Webó
  • 19 Olinga Essono
  • 20 Salli
  • 22 Nyom
  • 23 Ndjock

Croatia

  • 01 Pletikosa
  • 11 Srna
  • 03 Pranjic
  • 07 Rakitic
  • 05 Corluka
  • 06 Lovren
  • 04 Perisic (Rebic - 78' )
  • 10 Modric
  • 17 Mandzukic
  • 19 Cruz Campos (Kovacic - 72' )
  • 18 Olic (Eduardo - 69' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Vrsaljko
  • 08 Vukojevic
  • 09 Jelavic
  • 12 Zelenika
  • 13 Schildenfeld
  • 14 Brozovic
  • 15 Badelj
  • 16 Rebic
  • 20 Kovacic
  • 21 Vida
  • 22 Eduardo
  • 23 Subasic
Ref: Pedro Proença
Att: 39,982

Match Stats

Shots

17 18

On target

2 9

Corners

4 7

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 4.

90:00 +2:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 4.

90:00 +1:17

Attempt missed. Dany Nounkeu (Cameroon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Pierre Webó.

89:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:53

Delay in match Edgar Salli (Cameroon) because of an injury.

88:48 Booking

Booking Eduardo (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

88:25

Attempt blocked. Pierre Webó (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

88:24

Attempt saved. Pierre Webó (Cameroon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

86:22

Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

86:22

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:04

Attempt saved. Ante Rebic (Croatia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic with a headed pass.

84:36

Attempt missed. Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edgar Salli.

83:52

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Croatia).

83:52

Eyong Enoh (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:50

Attempt blocked. Darijo Srna (Croatia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

80:54

Offside, Croatia. Mateo Kovacic tries a through ball, but Eduardo is caught offside.

78:31

Attempt missed. Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Edgar Salli with a cross following a corner.

78:08

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Darijo Srna.

77:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Ivan Perisic.

76:58

Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

76:58

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:21

Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:21

Foul by Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon).

75:11

Attempt missed. Darijo Srna (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross.

74:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cameroon. Edgar Salli replaces Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

72:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cameroon 0, Croatia 4. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

72:23

Attempt saved. Eduardo (Croatia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

71:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Croatia. Mateo Kovacic replaces Sammir.

69:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cameroon. Pierre Webó replaces Vincent Aboubakar.

68:36

Attempt missed. Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Nicolas N'Koulou.

68:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Croatia. Eduardo replaces Ivica Olic.

67:45

Foul by Luka Modric (Croatia).

67:45

Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:55

Attempt missed. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia.

65:39

Attempt blocked. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:01

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

60:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cameroon 0, Croatia 3. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danijel Pranjic with a cross following a corner.

60:21

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Nicolas N'Koulou.

59:38

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Nicolas N'Koulou.

59:37

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammir.

58:25

Attempt missed. Darijo Srna (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

57:05

Foul by Dany Nounkeu (Cameroon).

57:05

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:40

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Charles Itandje.

55:08

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

52:17

Eyong Enoh (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:17

Foul by Sammir (Croatia).

51:53

Offside, Croatia. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Mario Mandzukic is caught offside.

51:14

Attempt missed. Dany Nounkeu (Cameroon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

49:49

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sammir with a through ball.

48:53

Joel Matip (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:53

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Croatia).

47:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cameroon 0, Croatia 2. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal.

46:23

Attempt saved. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia with a headed pass.

45:41

Attempt missed. Sammir (Croatia) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Darijo Srna.

45:00

Second Half begins Cameroon 0, Croatia 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cameroon. Dany Nounkeu replaces Aurélien Chedjou.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cameroon 0, Croatia 1.

45:00 +0:57

Attempt missed. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Benjamin Moukandjo.

44:41

Attempt missed. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

44:24

Attempt blocked. Eyong Enoh (Cameroon) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

44:00

Attempt blocked. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eyong Enoh.

39:33 Dismissal

Dismissal Alexandre Song (Cameroon) is shown the red card for fighting.

39:30

Foul by Alexandre Song (Cameroon).

39:30

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:10

Attempt saved. Sammir (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivica Olic.

35:47

Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.

35:03

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Charles Itandje.

31:48

Foul by Eyong Enoh (Cameroon).

31:48

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:10

Foul by Sammir (Croatia).

31:10

Alexandre Song (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:01

Offside, Croatia. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Mario Mandzukic is caught offside.

30:22

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Cameroon).

30:22

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:17

Delay in match Darijo Srna (Croatia) because of an injury.

28:46

Foul by Eyong Enoh (Cameroon).

28:46

Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:33

Attempt missed. Ivica Olic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dejan Lovren.

24:35

Foul by Aurélien Chedjou (Cameroon).

24:35

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:58

Offside, Croatia. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Danijel Pranjic is caught offside.

23:26

Foul by Joel Matip (Cameroon).

23:26

Sammir (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:21

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Ivan Perisic.

20:43

Attempt missed. Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

19:12

Luka Modric (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:12

Foul by Joel Matip (Cameroon).

19:09

Attempt blocked. Alexandre Song (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Matip.

16:36

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

16:00

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Eyong Enoh.

15:54

Attempt saved. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic.

15:22

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Stéphane Mbia.

13:10

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sammir.

12:27

Foul by Eyong Enoh (Cameroon).

12:27

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cameroon 0, Croatia 1. Ivica Olic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a through ball.

5:04

Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:04

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Croatia).

3:28

Foul by Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon).

3:28

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:52

Corner, Cameroon. Conceded by Vedran Corluka.

1:27

Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:27

Foul by Danijel Pranjic (Croatia).

0:26

Attempt missed. Benjamin Moukandjo (Cameroon) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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