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Mandzukic scores two as Croatia beats Cameroon 4-0 in World Cup

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic left celebrates with Croatia's IvicOlic after scoring his side's third goal during group A World Cup soccer

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, celebrates with Croatia's Ivica Olic after scoring his side's third goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Croatia at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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Updated: June 18, 2014 7:06PM



MANAUS, Brazil — Mario Mandzukic scored two goals Wednesday to keep Croatia in the mix at the World Cup with a 4-0 win over 10-man Cameroon, which 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 Brazil through suspension, headed in a corner from Danijel Pranjic in the 61st minute and then knocked in a rebound in the 73rd of the Group A game.

Ivan Perisic also scored one goal and made another for Ivica Olic.

Cameroon was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Alex Song was given a red card for elbowing Mandzukic in the back in an off-the-ball incident in the 40th minute.

The team started without the injured Samuel Eto’o, the team’s best player.



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