Croatia

  • Pablo Cuevas wins Croatia Open final July 28, 2014

    Umag: Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas beat defending champion Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Croatia Open final after ousting top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy earlier the same day. The second-seeded Robredo had two break points at 1-1 in the first set, but it was Cuevas who...
  • Tommy Robredo reaches final of Croatia Open July 27, 2014

    Defending champion Tommy Robredo reached the final of the Croatia Open, defeating third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6 (10), 6-3 on Sunday. The second-seeded Spaniard will face Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas in the final after Cuevas upset top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal. Heavy rains on Saturday...
  • Fabio Fognini, qualifier Cuevas in Croatia Open last 4 July 26, 2014

    Umag: Top-seeded Fabio Fognini rallied to defeat Borna Coric of Croatia 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Croatia Open on Friday. Defending champion Tommy Robredo also advanced to the last four after beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-4. The 18th-ranked Robredo next faces third-seeded Marin Cilic, who...
  • Qualifier Pablo Cuevas upsets Andreas Seppi in Umag 2nd round July 25, 2014

    Croatia: Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay upset sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday to become the first qualifier to reach the Croatia Open quarter-finals in seven years. Also, a local wild card, Borna Coric, last year's Junior US Open champion, beat qualifier Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-3...
  • Cilic, Rosol in Umag quarterfinals July 23, 2014

    Umag: Third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia beat Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open. It was Cilic's fourth victory over Sijsling in as many encounters and the Croatian was dominant from the start. Playing steadily from the baseline, he took a 5-2 lead...
  • Rosol, Berlocq and Montanes win in Umag July 23, 2014

    Fifth-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic needed a late rally to beat 100th-ranked Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in the first round of the Croatia Open on Tuesday. Schwartzman was serving at 4-3 in the third set and the Argentine even had game point to increase his lead....
  • Carreno Busta, Coric reach second round in Umag July 22, 2014

    Pablo Carreno Busta saved two match points to defeat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 and reach the second round of the Croatia Open on Monday. Lorenzi won the first set and got an early break in the second, but the 57th-ranked Carreno Busta then won six straight games to level....
  • World Cup 2014: No evidence of match-fixing, says FIFA July 3, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: World football body FIFA said that no evidence of match-fixing was found during the World Cup as claimed by German daily Der Spiegel. The German newspaper on Tuesday sensationally claimed that Croatia's 4-0 win over Cameroon was fixed. This led to the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) opening a...
  • World Cup 2014: Mexican coach hails 'saviour' Javier Hernandez June 24, 2014

    Recife: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera hailed Javier Hernandez after the Manchester United striker came off the bench to play a key role in the team's 3-1 victory over Croatia. The result set up a Round of 16 berth for Mexico against the Netherlands in Fortaleza June 29 while Croatia were eliminated...
  • World Cup 2014: Mexico can go far, says Luka Modric June 24, 2014

    Recife: Croatia midfielder Luka Modric declared Mexico "can go far" after Miguel Herrera's side produced a late three-goal salvo to secure a place in the World Cup knock-out stage. Modric said his team had under performed but admitted Mexico, who won 3-1 against Croatia Monday, showed they were the better team...
  • World Cup 2014: Mexico knock Croatia out to storm into last 16 June 24, 2014

    Recife: 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. The Croats had...
  • As it happened: Cameroon vs Brazil and Croatia vs Mexico, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    (Scroll down for live updates/blog) Cameroon vs Brazil: Brazil have a relatively simple task to advance past the group stage at their home World Cup - draw or beat a Cameroon team that is playing their last match before flying home. Croatia vs Mexico: Mario Mandzukic's return from suspension helped keep Croatia...
  • World Cup 2014: Fans will help 'home team' Mexico defeat Croatia, says Herrera June 23, 2014

    Recife: Mexico's legions of travelling fans will carry their team to victory against Croatia and into the knockout stages of the World Cup, coach Miguel Herrera told a news conference. The Mexican fans are expected to be in the majority when the two teams meet at the Pernambuco arena in Recife...
  • World Cup 2014: Cameroon's Alex Song banned for three matches June 23, 2014

    Brasilia: Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has been banned for three matches after his sending off in their World Cup Group A defeat by Croatia, organisers FIFA said on Sunday. The midfielder was dismissed for elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back during the first half of their 4-0 defeat in...
  • World Cup 2014: Countdown starts for second round June 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Monday signals the start of four days of make-or-break matches at the World Cup, with teams either advancing to the second round or booking their flights home. Four games will be played every day, with each group playing its last two games simultaneously. All 32 teams are in...
  • World Cup 2014: Croatia face Mexico in a must-win game of Group A June 23, 2014

    Recife, Brazil: Mario Mandzukic's return from suspension helped keep Croatia alive in the World Cup. To lead his side into the second round, he may have to do something on Monday that no one has been able to do through two games in Group A: score against Mexico. Even Brazil was...
  • World Cup 2014: We can win again, says Croatia's Ivica Olic June 20, 2014

    Recife: Croatia's veteran striker Ivica Olic expressed confidence about winning their next and final Group A clash against Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco. After suffering a 1-3 loss against Brazil, Croatia came back strongly on Wednesday to win 4-0 over Cameroon. They must win over Mexico to secure a place in...
  • World Cup 2014: No Song just a whimper as Cameroon crash out June 19, 2014

    Cameroon went down fighting - off the ball and amongst themselves - as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday with Alex Song adding a red card to the ill-disciplined African nation's long list in a thumping 4-0 defeat by Croatia. The Europeans were already leading 1-0 when Barcelona midfielder Song...
  • World Cup 2014: Mandzukic scores twice as Croatia thump Cameroon June 19, 2014

    Manaus: Mario Mandzukic scored two goals on Wednesday to keep Croatia in the mix at the World Cup with a 4-0 win over ten-man Cameroon, who cannot now advance from the group stage. Mandzukic, who returned to the team at the Arena da Amazonia after sitting out the opening loss to...
  • World Cup 2014, Cameroon v Croatia: as it happened June 19, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Cameroon and Croatia clash in Manaus looking to put their troubles behind them and keep alive their hopes of making the World Cup knock-out rounds....
  • World Cup 2014: Fit Modric and debutant Mandzukic to lead Croatia charge June 18, 2014

    Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia's effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said. Modric has recovered from a foot injury he sustained in the opening 3-1 Group A defeat by...
  • World Cup 2014: Five record-breaking moments from the 1st round of group games June 18, 2014

    The first round of group stage matches in the FIFA World Cup 2014 have been completed. Some teams find themselves already in dire straits in the tournament with do-or-die matches coming up. It is all started with revenge and vindication but heartbreaks also became the part for some teams. The World...
  • World Cup 2014: Cameroon and Croatia in bid for rescue June 18, 2014

    Manaus: Cameroon and Croatia clash in Manaus on Wednesday looking to put their troubles behind them and keep alive their hopes of making the World Cup knock-out rounds. Having both lost their opening match, a victory would be fundamental in staying alive in a tough Group A including hosts Brazil...
  • World Cup 2014: Five headlines from the sidelines June 16, 2014

    When it comes to the World Cup the action almost always spills over from the football field to the streets, the team hotels and the fans. Here are 5 off-the-field headlines from the world cup that you might have missed: 1. Arjen Robben is the flash The Arjen Robben run that left Spain's...
  • World Cup 2014: Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o set to miss Croatia clash June 16, 2014

    Manaus : Samuel Eto'o will miss Cameroon's FIFA World Cup Group A match against Croatia at the Arena da Amazonia on Wednesday as he is nursing a right knee injury. The striker did not train for the last two days after aggravating a problem he suffered while playing for Chelsea last...
  • World Cup 2014: Luka Modric injured in loss against Brazil June 14, 2014

    Salvador: Playmaker Luka Modric is in doubt for Croatia's next World Cup match against Cameroon after injuring his foot in the tournament opening loss to Brazil. Croatia team officials on Friday said Modric was taken to a hospital in Salvador, near the squad's training base, to check the extent of...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil's Fred should be punished for penalty, says Loic Remy June 14, 2014

    France's Loic Remy has no sympathy for fellow striker and former club teammate Fred, and thinks he should be "punished" for the way he won a controversial penalty in Brazil's 3-1 win against Croatia. Fred went down in the penalty area under light contact from defender Dejan Lovren in the 71st...
  • World Cup 2014: Neymar eclipses Pele, Ronaldo on WC debut June 13, 2014

    Brazil's media has hailed the performance of Neymar in the Selecao's 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening World Cup match in Sao Paulo on Friday. The 22-year-old's sparkling two-goal display at Sao Paulo's Arena de Sao Paulo stadium eclipsed the World Cup debuts of legends like Pele and Ronaldo, according...
  • Neymar leads Brazil to 3-1 win over Croatia in World Cup 2014 opener June 13, 2014

    Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to their home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Croatia. ...