06/18/2014 07:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Croatia Routs Cameroon 4-0 To Keep Alive Hopes Of Advancing At World Cup (VIDEO)

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With each team needing a win to keep alive its hopes of advancing at the World Cup, Croatia got a boost from a key reinforcement while Cameroon couldn't even keep a full team on the field.

Striker Mario Mandzukic scored a pair of second-half goals as Croatia dominated Cameroon in a 4-0 rout at Arena Amazonia in Manaus on Wednesday to remain in contention in Group A. In addition to contributing a brace, Mandzukic, who missed the team's opener after being sent off during a World Cup qualifying playoff, was on the receiving end of an elbow that resulted in a red card for Cameroon.

Croatia already led 1-0 when Cameroon midfielder Alex Song inexplicably took a swing at Mandzukic in the 40th minute and would only tighten its grip on the match while playing against 10 men. The loss eliminates Cameroon from contention and sets up a high stakes clash between Croatia and Mexico on the final day action in Group A.

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While Brazil, who tops the group on goal differential, faces winless Cameroon on June 23, Croatia will face Mexico with a chance to secure a spot in the Round of 16.