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Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

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  • Mexico's Rafael Marquez , right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal Monday during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

      Mexico's Rafael Marquez , right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal Monday during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.
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RECIFE, Brazil -- Mexico surged into the World Cup's knockout stage for a sixth-straight time Monday with a 3-1 win over Croatia.

Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored in a 10-minute span in the second half, dooming a talented Croatia side to elimination from the group stage.

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The Croats had to win to advance and held the bulk of possession, but had trouble seriously threatening goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who kept out all efforts until an 87th-minute consolation goal from Ivan Perisic.

Mexico entered the game needing only a draw, and looked dangerous in attack, but was kept out until the three-goal burst.

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