Nude photos distract Croatia's Cup campaign

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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