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Mexico defender Rafael Marquez, left, clears the ball away from Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic during the second half of Mexico’s 3-1 win Monday in a World Cup match at Pernambuco Arena in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. USA TODAY Sports

World Cup: Mexico outduels Croatia in 2nd-half flourish to reach knockout stage

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By Toby Davis

Reuters

RECIFE, Brazil — Mexico reached the World Cup last 16 with a near-perfect display of counter-attacking football as Javier Hernandez provided the spark for a 3-1 win over Croatia on Monday that left them as Group A runners-up.

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