Mandzukic scores 2 as Croatia beats Cameroon 4-0

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Mandzukic scores 2 as Croatia beats Cameroon 4-0
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, scores his side's fourth goal past Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje, right, 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/Fernando Llano)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, center, celebrates 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/Dolores Ochoa)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, celebrates with teammate Ivan Perisic after scoring his side's fourth 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/Martin Mejia)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, right, scores 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/Dolores Ochoa)
Croatia's Ivica Olic, left, and Cameroon's Joel Matip go for a header 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/Fernando Llano)
Cameroon's Nicolas N'Koulou, left, challenges Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, right, 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/Fernando Llano)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side's fourth 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/Martin Mejia)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates 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)
Croatia's Danijel Pranjic listens to applause 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/Martin Mejia)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (17) celebrates with his teammate Vedran Corluka 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/Fernando Llano)
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)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, right, scores his side's second 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/Fernando Llano)
From left, Cameroon's Joel Matip and Vincent Aboubakar and Croatia's Dejan Lovren and Vedran Corluka go for a header 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/Fernando Llano)
Croatia's Ivica Olic, left, and Cameroon's Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenge for the ball 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)
Cameroon's Benjamin Moukandjo, left, challenges Croatia's Ivan Rakitic 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)
Croatia's Ivica Olic, left, is challenged by Cameroon's Aurelien Chedjou 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/Dolores Ochoa)
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By CHRIS LEHOURITES

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) - 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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