MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — One week into the tournament, Croatia is really about to get its World Cup going.
The Croats head into Wednesday’s Group A match against Cameroon knowing that their opening loss means nothing if they can win both of their remaining Group A matches. The same, however, goes for Cameroon.
Croatia coach Niko Kovac says “we know what this mean to us, both to us and Cameroon. Everybody can do math. Let’s not dwell on that.”
The Croats lost to Brazil 3-1 in the opening match on Thursday, but the host country’s second goal came after a controversial penalty, a decision Kovac called “shameful.”
The team has been trying to get past that distraction, and the added distraction of some published photos of nude players.