Mexico Finds Itself Knee-Deep in Victory

Mexico has made the second round of every FIFA World Cup since 1994. The team's real goal is the quarterfinal - which it has not reached since 1986 - and beyond.

updated: June 24, 2014 17:34 IST
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Mexico beat Croatia to emerge into the last 16 from Group A, along with hosts Brazil in the FIFA World Cup © AP

Recife: When Andres Guardado of Mexico finally freed himself from a swarm of teammates Monday and emerged back under the floodlights of the crammed stadium here, he crouched along the touchline, pointed a finger down to his knees as he comically wiggled his legs, and vigorously shook his head from side to side.

A smile stretched across his face as he soaked in the deafening cheers.

The night before Mexico and Croatia met in this Group A game, with a spot in the World Cup's knockout round very much up for grabs, Croatia coach Niko Kovac suggested that his team had nothing to fear, that if anyone's knees were to tremble, it should be the players of Mexico.

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