Mexico vs. Netherlands: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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The Netherlands defeated Mexico, 2-1, in a dramatic round of 16 clash in Fortaleza. 

Wesley Sneijder scored on a rocket of a shot off a Arjen Robben corner in the 88th minute before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted from the spot in stoppage time. 

Mexico scored early in the second half by way of a Giovani Dos Santos strike, but after that moment, the game belonged to the Dutch. 

Check below for complete player ratings and analysis for both sides. 

Mexico Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Guillermo Ochoa66.5
Francisco Rodriguez6.56.5
Rafael Marquez6.76
Hector Moreno6.56.5
Paul Aguilar65.5
Miguel Layun76.5
Carlos Salcido6.56.5
Hector Herrera77.2
Andres Guardado6.56
Giovani Dos Santos6.57
Oribe Peralta66
Diego ReyesN/A6
Javier AquinoN/A6
Javier HernandezN/A5

Half-time Analysis: 

Guillermo Ochoa: Was not tested in the goal against a Dutch side that had trouble coping with the heat. 

Francisco Rodriguez: Was effective at center-back against a Dutch side that did not start to heat up in attack until after the water break. 

Rafael Marquez: Continued to be a rock in defense for El Tri, and he showed plenty of discipline on Kuyt's run down the left in the 39th minute. 

Hector Moreno: His sliding tackle on Robben's run in the box in stoppage time was a bit sloppy, but he was not penalized for making contact with the Dutch winger. 

Paul Aguilar: Tried to test Kuyt late in the half by sprinting down the right, but he could not earn a corner kick off that move. 

Miguel Layun: Was able to drift into open space outside the box during the first five minutes to fire off two shots. His cross in the 13th minute caused a bit of danger, but it failed to connect with Dos Santos. 

Carlos Salcido: Forced Cillessen into his first save with a shot from distance in the 24th minute. 

Hector Herrera: Found a ton of space in the center of the pitch after the departure of De Jong, but his two shots were off target. 

Andres Guardado: Completed all 19 of his passes in the midfield. 

Giovani Dos Santos: His pass in the 17th minute for the wide open Peralta went awry and did not allow El Tri to get a clear shot on goal. He also sent a shot on goal in the 43rd minute that required a kick save by Cillessen. 

Oribe Peralta: Was active in attack with 22 touches and two key passes. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Ochoa: Made a few terrific reaction saves, but he could not prevent the Sneijder goal, and he guessed the wrong way on the penalty.

Rodriguez: Dove into deny Sneijder's shot in the 61st minute to prevent it from testing Ochoa. 

Marquez: Continued his strong World Cup by shutting down the threat from Robben for most of the match, until he conceded the penalty in stoppage time. 

Moreno: Was forced to leave the match right before the half due to an injury after his tackle on Robben. 

Aguilar: Was booked in the 69th minute for a careless foul on Depay. 

Layun: Could not find the same space in the final 45 minutes that he did in the first half in attack. 

Salcido: Made an unexpected run forward in the 79th minute, when he broke through a pair of defenders to shoot high of the goal. 

Herrera: Made four key passes and completed all three of his attempted longballs in a solid midfield performance. 

Guardado: Made only 37 touches after a decent first half in the midfield. 

Dos Santos: Put in a terrific effort on his goal, as he kept control of the ball with his chest and created separation from Blind to fire past Cillessen. 

Peralta: Fired a shot on goal in the 55th minute that forced Cillessen into a diving save. 


Diego Reyes: Made three effective clearances and one interception against a growing Dutch threat. 

Javier Aquino: Completed all nine of his passes in 29 minutes on the pitch. 

Javier Hernandez: Did not cause any type of threat up top in his 15 minutes of play. 

Netherlands Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Jasper Cillessen55
Ron Vlaar6.57
Stefan de Vrij67
Daley Blind66
Nigel de Jong55
Paul Verhaegh5.55.5
Dirk Kuyt66.7
Georginio Wijnaldum55
Wesley Sneijder57.5
Robin van Persie65.5
Arjen Robben67
Bruno Martins Indi66
Memphis DepayN/A6.5
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarN/A7

Half-time Analysis: 

Jasper Cillessen: Sprinted off his line in the seventh minute to clear the ball away, but he mishit the clearance and almost left his team out to dry. Made a total of three saves. 

Ron Vlaar: His boot made contact with the ball and Herrera's head on a challenge in the box. 

Stefan De Vrij: Made four effective clearances as El Tri continue to pour on the pressure. 

Daley Blind: Shifted into a defensive midfield role after De Jong exited the match, and he did leave some space for the likes of Herrera to create a chance or two. 

Nigel De Jong: Left the match in the ninth minute because of an apparent injury. 

Paul Verhaegh: Was burned on numerous occasions by the runs of Layun, which have caught him guessing which way the El Tri winger will go with the ball. 

Dirk Kuyt: Made his first burst down the wing in the 39th minute, when he was stopped in his tracks by Marquez. 

Georginio Wijnaldum: Had little to no impact on either side of the ball. 

Wesley Sneijder: Did not feature much in any attack put forth by the Oranje. 

Robin van Persie: Pulled down a longball from Verhaegh, but his first touch too him too far right to challenge Ochoa. 

Arjen Robben: Played a short corner give-and-go with Wijnaldum in the 42nd minute that saw his cross fly high.

Full-time Analysis: 

Cillessen: Could not do much to prevent the goal from Dos Santos. He did jump up to make a save in the 95th minute on a shot by Aquino.

Vlaar: Made 10 effective clearances in a commanding showing at the back. 

De Vrij: His shot off the first Dutch corner of the second half was denied by Ochoa on the line. He also made 12 effective clearances in defense. 

Blind: Lost a physical battle with Dos Santos in the build-up to the first goal. 

De Jong: Left the match in the ninth minute. 

Verhaegh: Was removed from his first World Cup start in the 56th minute as his team began to launch an assault on the Mexican goal. 

Kuyt: Kept pressing down the right for the Oranje throughout the second half to support Robben. 

Wijnaldum: Made 44 touches, but none of them were worth noting. 

Sneijder: Fired a rocket of a shot into the back of the net after he was left wide open on the remnants of a corner kick. 

Van Persie: His struggles in the knockout round continued up front after he scored three goals in two group games. 

Robben: Was contained for most of the match, but when it mattered most, he earned a penalty and hit the corner that ended up in the first goal. 


Bruno Martins Indi: Made 71 touches and completed 90 percent of his passes after entering for De Jong. 

Memphis Depay: His shot in the 86th minute looked to be going on target, but it was deflected away. 

Klaas Jan Huntelaar: His header helped set up the first goal by Sneijder, and then he converted from the spot to win the game.  


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