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Kovac Praises Mandzukic Return
Reuters, June 19th, 2014 11:23AM

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Croatia coach Niko Kovac lavished praise on the returning Mario Mandzukic following his double strike against Cameroon in Croatia’s 4-0 Group A victory on Wednesday night. The Bayern Munich striker had missed the opening game against Brazil, which Croatia lost 3-1, due to suspension. "Any coach would be happy to have such a player in his team. He is not just a goal-getter - his attitude picks the team up and affects the opposing side," Kovac said in his post-game press conference. "The fact he scored twice shows how important he is for this team and what kind of service the team can expect from him.”

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