Nude photos distract Croatia's Cup campaign

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Croatia's coach Niko Kovac addresses the media during a press conference after an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the Itaquerao Stadium Sao Paulo , Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Croatia's Ivica Olic reacts after his team had a goal disallowed during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivica Olic of Croatia in action during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
Croatia's coach Niko Kovac gestures during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura (2ndL) shows a yellow card to Neymar (2ndR) of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Perisic (4) of Croatia is seen during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Luka Modric (L) of Croatia struggles with his competitor Paulinho (R) of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic (L) of Croatia struggles with his competitor Marcelo (R) of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Dejan Lovren (R) of Croatia struggles with his competitor Fred (L) of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Soccer fans react watching Croatia during the telecast of the first game of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil between Brazil vs Croatia, in Los Angeles Thursday, June 12, 2014. The World Cup kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo with home team Brazil going up against Croatia in the opener of the world's most popular sporting event. Brazil won 3-1. (AP Photo/tNick Ut)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil checks on the condition of Luka Modric of Croatia after being shown the yellow card during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
A Brazil soccer fan, right, jokes with a Croatia fan as they gather inside the FIFA Fan fest area to watch the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: The Croatia team line up prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil won the match 3-1. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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By DUSAN STOJANOVIC

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Croatia's coaches are urging their players to focus on facing Cameroon at the World Cup rather than lamenting the publication of photos showing some of them bathing nude at their training complex's swimming pool in Brazil.

Since the paparazzi photos were published by Croatian media over the weekend, players have refused to speak to the media.

"The players are talking about that theme, but we want them to concentrate on the match against Cameroon," assistant coach Robert Kovac said on Tuesday. "If those photos were not published, they would be thinking about Cameroon. Like this, they are distracted by things outside the pitch."

However, Kovac said he understood the players' reasons for boycotting the media.

"That was a private thing," he said. "They had a day off and they relaxed a bit. It was not appropriate by photographers to abuse the situation."

Meanwhile, the stakes will be high in Wednesday's Group A game at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, as both sides lost their opening match. Croatia was beaten 3-1 by Brazil, while Cameroon went down 1-0 to Mexico.

Kovac said the match in the Brazilian rainforest could be won by the team which copes better with the hot and humid conditions.

"It will be tough in Manaus, where conditions are inhumane," Kovac said. "It is important that we win ball possession, be patient and create opportunities."

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: Supporters take selfie outside of the stadium ahead of training session of Brazilian team at Arena de Sao Poulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: A free style local legend shows off his soccer skills ahead of training session of Brazilian team at Arena de Sao Poulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: Supporters wait outside of the stadium ahead of training session of Brazilian team at Arena de Sao Poulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: Supporters coming from Mexico for the world cup games are seen at the Sao Paulo Bus Station in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: Supporters coming from Mexico for the world cup games pose at the Sao Paulo Bus Station in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: A free style local legend shows off his soccer skills ahead of training session of Brazilian team at Arena de Sao Poulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: A street seller waits for training session of Brasilian team at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: A free style local legend shows off his soccer skills ahead of training session of Brazilian team at Arena de Sao Poulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 11, 2014. The 20th World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 with the participation of 32 teams from five continents. (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A street vendor sells representations of Brazil's national flags near the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The Brazil 2014 Word Cup soccer tournament is set to begin Thursday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Colombian fans drive past of the Maracana stadium with the Colombian national flag tied to their car, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Boys kick around a Brazuca, the official soccer ball of the 2014 World Cup, in front of a mural that shows Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and star forward Neymar, with a message that reads, "Bring Brazil the sixth!," in the Ceilandia suburb of Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday to get the home World Cup underway, beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
A collection of Brazilian home soccer jerseys, that are associated with Brazilian soccer star Neymar, are pinned to a makeshift clothesline at an outdoor stand, outside the Arena Castelao, in Fortaleza, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. A day before Thursday’s opening World Cup match against Croatia, Neymar is not hiding the fact that he is both anxious and excited to finally get going. The 22-year-old striker knows he will be carrying the hopes of the entire country when the tournament begins, but warned that he doesn’t play by himself and “there are 11 players on the field” trying to help Brazil win. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A street performer dressed as a Brazilian national soccer team player, balances a ball on his head during his presentation in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The 2014 World Cup is set to begin Thursday, with Brazil and Croatia competing in the opening match in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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