Mario Mandzukic bags a brace as Croatia steamroll through an imploding Cameroon

Stu Forster

Mario Mandzukic was the missing link for Croatia who looked extremely impressive, despite having to steamroll an inept Cameroon.

Bayern Munich's ill fated striker, Mario Mandzukic bagged a brace behind a powerful performance from Croatia who downed Cameroon 4-0 with other goals from Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic.

There's not a whole lot to say from this game. The Croatian defense, midfield, and striker were everywhere and made life absolutely miserable for Cameroon. Cameroon, a side rife with contention following concerns of non-payment from their football association, were slowly imploding. That implosion solidified itself at the end when fights broke out amongst the players. Benoit Assou-Ekotto even attempted to headbutt one of his own teammates. They were shambolic all evening. In a way, Croatia only scoring four goals against them seems like a disappointment. At the same time, it's also really a disappointment for this to happen to a side who has historically been one of the strongest African nations. One with a rich history of success in football.

The return of Mario Mandzukic was the key for Croatia. Everything that Croatia struggled with in their clash with Brazil was fixed with the return of Mario Mandzukic; good hold-up play, distribution to the wings, intelligent runs off the striker in the box. His presence also really opened up the field for both Rakitic and Modric in the miffield. While we should hesitate to draw an real meaningful conclusions from this clash given the quality of Cameroon, it sets up an extremely exciting showdown between Croatia and Mexico next Monday when they go head to head for what will likely be the second spot in Group A.

Mario Mandzukic even found time to put together a crotch shot and suffer a horrendously-stupid-red-card-earning-challenge from Alex Song while he was bossing the field of play. With Mario Mandzukic on his way out at Bayern Munich following a much publicized leave before the DFB Pokal final and his subsequent reports to the press, this World Cup is basically Mario Mandzukic's showcase to Europe about how much he is worth. After today's performance, you can bet his price is going up. This is going to be a bidding war and Bayern Munich are going to be the winners.

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