Mexico vs. Netherlands: Live Player Ratings

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Mexico vs. Netherlands: Live Player Ratings
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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
Player Half-time Rating Full-time Rating
Guillermo Ochoa 6 6.5
Francisco Rodriguez 6.5 6.5
Rafael Marquez 6.7 6
Hector Moreno 6.5 6.5
Paul Aguilar 6 5.5
Miguel Layun 7 6.5
Carlos Salcido 6.5 6.5
Hector Herrera 7 7.2
Andres Guardado 6.5 6
Giovani Dos Santos 6.5 7
Oribe Peralta 6 6
Diego Reyes N/A 6
Javier Aquino N/A 6
Javier Hernandez N/A 5


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
Player Half-time Rating Full-time Rating
Jasper Cillessen 5 5
Ron Vlaar 6.5 7
Stefan de Vrij 6 7
Daley Blind 6 6
Nigel de Jong 5 5
Paul Verhaegh 5.5 5.5
Dirk Kuyt 6 6.7
Georginio Wijnaldum 5 5
Wesley Sneijder 5 7.5
Robin van Persie 6 5.5
Arjen Robben 6 7
Bruno Martins Indi 6 6
Memphis Depay N/A 6.5
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar N/A 7


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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