Netherlands v Mexico, 29 June 2014

Score2-1 to Netherlands
RefereePedro Proenca
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
VenueEstadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Attendance58,817
Kick-off 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) It was the World Cup's best attack versus the equal-best defence as the Netherlands faced Mexico in Fortaleza in the last 16. The Dutch hit double figures in Group G and their attack was boosted by the return of captain Robin van Persie. Mexico conceded only one goal in the group stage and that was a late consolation for Croatia. The Mexicans had scored in each of their last 11 World Cup matches against European nations while Netherlands had won nine of their last ten World Cup finals matches. A close encounter was anticipated. Dirk Kuyt became the seventh Netherlands player to win 100 caps.

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Mexico started the game well in the sweltering heat (of up to 38.8 degrees). Mexico had a very strong shout for a penalty for dangerous play early in the half. After 30 minutes, this game featured the first-ever cooling break in the World Cup's history as players were allowed a three-minute rest to take on water. In the final moments of the half, a Dutch break ended with Robben being brought down in the penalty area but the referee again waved play on. Giovani dos Santos broke the deadlock early in the second half with a pile-driver of a shot from distance. The Dutch pressure to equalise was far from relentless, but two minutes from the end of normal time the ball fell to Schneider who slammed it home, giving the excellent Ochoa no chance to save. Into added time, Robben had a great dribble in the area followed by an even better dive after a rash tackle by Marquez - and Robben finally won a penalty. Huntelaar tucked it away confidently and the Mexicans were undone as Louis Van Gaal's men snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. They have now turned their last four World Cup games in which they fell behind in regular time into a win. It was bitter disappointment for the brave Mexicans who have now gone out at the last 16 stage at every World Cup since 1994.

2  Netherlands

Manager: Louis Van Gaal

1  Mexico

Manager: Miguel Herrera

Goals:

Wesley Sneijder 88 G
Klaas Jan Huntelaar penalty 90 P

Goals:

Giovani dos Santos 48 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen
Defender Stefan De Vrij
Defender Paul Verhaegh
Defender Ron Vlaar
Defender/Midfielder Daley Blind
Midfielder Nigel De Jong
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt
Forward Robin Van Persie (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Defender Miguel Layún
Defender Héctor Moreno
Defender Carlos Salcido
Defender/Midfielder Rafael Márquez (captain)
Midfielder Paul Aguilar
Midfielder Andres Guardado
Midfielder Héctor Herrera
Midfielder/Forward Giovani dos Santos
Forward Oribe Peralta

Substitutions:

Bruno Martins Indi for Nigel De Jong 9
Memphis Depay for Paul Verhaegh 56
Klaas Jan Huntelaar for Robin Van Persie 76

Substitutions:

Diego Reyes for Héctor Moreno 46
Javier Aquino for Giovani dos Santos 61
Javier Hernández for Oribe Peralta 75

Cards:

Cards:

Paul Aguilar 69 Y
Rafael Márquez 90 Y
Andres Guardado 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tim Krul
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Defender Daryl Janmaat
Defender Terence Kongolo
Defender Joël Veltman
Defender/Midfielder Bruno Martins Indi
Midfielder Jordy Clasie
Midfielder Jonathan De Guzman
Midfielder Memphis Depay
Midfielder Leroy Fer
Forward Jeremain Lens

On the bench:

Goalkeeper José Corona
Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera
Defender Diego Reyes
Midfielder Javier Aquino
Midfielder Marco Fabián
Midfielder Carlos Peña
Midfielder Miguel Ponce
Forward Isaac Brizuela
Forward Raúl Jiménez
Forward Alan Pulido