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Tchani knows Cameroon must "go for everything"

Indominable Lions face crucial match against Croatia

Tony Tchani

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Nathaniel Smallwood

The math isn't difficult to figure out in Group A of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With two matches played, Brazil and Mexico each have four points. With two matches remaning, if Tony Tchani's Cameroon is to get to four points and have a chance to go through, it needs at least one point tonight against similarly situated Croatia.

"It’s a must win because if you don’t win, you’re out," said the Crew midfielder. "If you lose, you’re going to be at the bottom of the table with zero points. If we don’t win today, it’s over for us. Brazil and Mexico, they already have four points. We won’t be there."

Cameroon fell to Mexico by a 1-0 score in its opening match, a match that Tchani didn't like from a tactical standpoint.

"All game, it wasn’t the best because we sat the whole time. It was an organized Mexico team. Mexico, the way they play, they always possess the ball. If you play against them you have to step and put pressure on them."

While a draw tonight against Croatia would technically keep Cameroon alive, it would present a difficult situation where the Indomitable Lions would then need to beat host nation Brazil to have a chance, and even then, it would come down to goal difference. That being said, Tchani is firmly in the camp that his home nation needs to be aggressive tonight.

"I feel like we have to go for everything. Give everything, step high, try to take risks instead of trying to win on counters. We have to put pressure on those guys. Hopefully we score one or two goals."