Jun 12, 2014; Sao Paulo, BRAZIL; Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic reacts in the first half against Brazil in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Croatia gets late goal, red card against Mexico (GIF)

Croatia and Mexico were playing to see who would get a chance at the round of 16, and who would be going home early. It was a tough contest that saw a scoreless struggle extend into the second half and then El Tri broke through. At first a header from Mexico captain Rafa Márquez gave them the lead.

Minutes later Andrés Guardado added an insurance goal to give Mexico some breathing room. In the 82nd minute, super-substitute Javier Hernández added a third goal to take what looked like an even game and make it a blow out.

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In the 87th minute, the Croatians were able to pull one back with a goal from Ivan Perisic. It gave the Croatian team a moment of pride to feel better about their sudden change of fortunes.

Ivan Perisic

It was short lived though because Ante Rebic was shown the red card the following minute for a reckless challenge on Carlos Peña.

red card

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