Netherlands vs. Mexico: Goals and Highlights for World Cup 2014 Round of 16

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalJune 29, 2014

Netherlands produced the most dramatic of late comebacks to beat Mexico 2-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

The early exchanges were dominated by Mexico, who created numerous chances. They came close to breaking the deadlock on 17 minutes, when Hector Herrera dragged his shot past the post.

 

Mexico continued to press, with Giovani dos Santos hitting a shot straight at Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

Such were the conditions, the teams stopped for a drinks break before halftime.

Mexico had another good chance before the interval, with Dos Santos again denied by Cillessen.

Just before the break, the Dutch had a penalty appeal turned down when Arjen Robben went down in the Mexico box.

 

Early in the second half we got a breakthrough, and it arrived for Mexico—Dos Santos shooting home with his left foot from 25 yards.

Netherlands responded well, with Stefan De Vrij forcing yet another fine save from Guillermo Ochoa in the Mexico goal.

It looked like Mexico might hold their lead for a 1-0 victory, but Wesley Sneijder popped up with this clinical finished in the 88th minute to bring things level.

Extra-time seemed likely, only for Arjen Robben to win a penalty for the Dutch deep into injury time.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stepped up, beat Ochoa, and gave the Netherlands the most dramatic of comeback victories.

Re-live the match in full here.

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