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|
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
|Giovani Dos Santos||6.5||7|
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.
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|
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
|Stefan de Vrij||6||7|
|Nigel de Jong||5||5|
|Robin van Persie||6||5.5|
|Bruno Martins Indi||6||6|
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.
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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All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com.
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