Dutch squeeze through to Quarter-Finals

June 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mexico, Mexico News, Netherlands, Netherlands News, News
BRAZIL, Fortaleza - Netherlands took on Mexico in the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Castelao where the Netherlands won 2-1 despite being behind the 88th minute.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands is challenged by Hector Moreno (L) and Francisco Javier Rodriguez of Mexico during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29: Arjen Robben of the Netherlands is challenged by Hector Moreno (L) and Francisco Javier Rodriguez of Mexico during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The Netherlands who did without their captain and striker Robin Van Persie in their last group game had their scoring ace for the game against Mexico.

Throughout the World Cup history the Mexicans have never made past the last 16, and it was clear from the onset that they wanted to change this.

Nine minutes in, the Dutch were dealt a blow when they had to reshuffle their back four because of an injury to defender Nigel de Jong, Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal brought on Bruno Martins Indi as a replacement.

The first half of the game, both teams couldn’t get through their opposition’s defence, Mexico looked more threatening making more runs in to the box than the Dutch.

A break for the Mexicans came in the 48th minute through midfielder Giovani dos Santos scoring a beautiful bottom corner goal defeating Dutch goal minder Jasper Cillessen.

This prompted the Van Gaal to make an immediate substitution bringing on winger Memphis Depay for defender Paul Verhaegh.

The Mexicans looked determined to not lose their goal advantage carrying it well to the 88th minute.

Galatasaray man Wesley Sniedjer brought the score to equal terms in the 88th minute stopping the already in session celebrations.

Three minutes into the injury time midfielder Andrés Guardado brought down Arjen Robbem in the 18 yard box giving the Dutch a late penalty. Shalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar took the kick and made the score 2 to 1 for Mexico.

The game ended Mexico 2, Netherlands 1.

 

Lebogang Mokoena

 


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