MATCH CENTRE

SUN 29 JUNE 2014, 18:00, ESTADIO CASTELAO

2
VS
1

Controversial Dutch breaks Mexican hearts

by Staff Reporter

Sun June 29, 20:03

2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands needed a controversial later penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to qualify for the quarter-finals as they beat Mexico 2-1 in Fortaleza on Sunday evening.

The Dutch needed to come back from a goal down after Giovani Dos Santos put El Tri in front, as Wesley Sneijder restored parity two minutes from time to spark a late onslaught.

Mexico had been knocked out of the second round stage in all five World Cup tournaments since 1994, and were hoping to rewrite history against an inform Netherlands team.

Miguel Layun was the first player to offer an attack at goal, when tried a right-footed pile-drive from 35-yards out immediately after the kick-off whistle.

Holland were handed a major blow with just nine minutes on the clock when Nigel De Jong had to be replaced by Bruno Martins Indi due to injury.

Five minutes later Layun was again in the thick of things when he sent in another cross from the opposite side. It flew across the face of goal towards Giovani Dos Santos but he wasn’t close enough to finish it.

The Mexicans were sending in wave after wave of attacks, and they came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock when Hector Herrera blasted a daisy-cutter just inches off the post.

Louis van Gaal’s side started to pick up the pace midway through the opening half, but they still saw their ‘keeper Jasper Cillisen parry away Carlos Salcido’s strike, before a penalty wasn’t given when Ron Vlaar went in with a high boot.

Just before the break Dirk Kuyt made a strong run into Mexico's area but his last touch was a bit too far and Rafael Marquez marshaled the ball out for a goal-kick.

The Oranje probably should have had a penalty inside injury time when Marquez went in for a last ditch tackle to stop Robben from pulling the trigger in the penalty area.

Hector Moreno, who was stretchered off in the final seconds of the half, was replaced by Diego Reyes at the restart, as the Mexicans took the lead just moments later.

Dos Santos held off Daley Blind to fire off a half-volley from the top of the area, scoring his first goal in two-years for his country.

Parity was nearly restored in dramatic fashion when Memphis Depay scissor-kicked a corner kick. It flicked onto the face of Ochao before ricocheting off the upright to bounce back out on 55 minutes.

The end of the match saw more drama in the Mexican box, when an off-side Klass-Jan Huntelaar pounced on a cross to whip into Ochao’s body, before pulling one back two minutes from time.

Wesley Sneijder pounced on a loose ball from Depay to thump in a great strike into the bottom lower corner, as Robben fell dramatically to the ground to earn Holland a penalty in extra-time.

Huntelaar stood up to convert the effort with a powerful drive on 94 minutes to sadly eliminate a Mexican side that dominated a large portion of the game.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 ESTADIO CASTELAO
NETHERLANDS GOALS MEXICO GOALS
10. Wesley Sneijder (88') 10. Giovani Dos Santos (49')
19. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (90 + 4')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
NETHERLANDS STARTING LINEUP MEXICO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
13
Defender
5
Defender
90 + 3'
18
Defender
56'
12
Defender
3
Defender
2
2
Defender
3
Defender
46'
15
Midfielder
20
Defender
7
Midfielder
9'
6
Defender
69'
22
Midfielder
88'
10
Defender
90 + 2'
4
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
49'
61'
10
Forward/Striker
76'
9
Forward/Striker
75'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Memphis Depay
Forward/Striker
56'
21
Diego Reyes
Defender
46'
5
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Forward/Striker
76'
19
Javier Aquino
Midfielder
61'
20
Bruno Martins Indi
Defender
9'
4
Javier Hernandez
Forward/Striker
75'
14
CARDS
Paul Aguilar
Defender
69'
22
Rafael Marquez
Defender
90 + 2'
4
Andres Guardado
Defender
90 + 3'
18
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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