World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 17

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World Cup Results 2014: Tracking Final Scores, Golden Boot Contenders for Day 17
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On a blistering day in Fortaleza, Brazil, the Netherlands and Mexico not only had to deal with playing their first game in the knockout stages against incredibly difficult opposition, but had to contest against extreme fatigue and exhaustion as well.

Just how hot was it? Well, here's a look at one of the "cooling breaks" taken in the early game, courtesy of a tweet from IndySport:

Needless to say, if you were hoping for some dramatic 2014 World Cup action on Sunday, you got it.

With a couple of compelling matches featuring a bevy of star-studded talent taking place on Day 17, let's take a look at each game's results and overview the updated race for the Golden Boot.

 

Results

Sunday Fixtures
Team 1 Result Team 2
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico
Costa Rica 1-1 (5-3) Greece

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Goalscorers
Player Country Goals
James Rodriguez Colombia 5
Neymar Brazil 4
Lionel Messi Argentina 4
Thomas Muller Germany 4
Karim Benzema France 3
Enner Valencia Ecuador 3
Arjen Robben Netherlands 3
Robin van Persie Netherlands 3
Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland 3
Jackson Martinez Colombia 2
Gervinho Ivory Coast 2
Luis Suarez Uruguay 2
Tim Cahill Australia 2
Mario Mandzukic Croatia 2
Ahmed Musa Nigeria 2
Andre Ayew Ghana 2
Clint Dempsey United States 2
Memphis Depay Netherlands 2
Ivan Perisic Croatia 2
Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast 2
Asamoah Gyan Ghana 2
Islam Slimani Algeria 2
Alexis Sanchez Chile 2
Bryan Ruiz Costa Rica 2
David Luiz Brazil 1
Avdija Vrsajevic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran 1
Marcos Rojo Argentina 1
Juan Cuadrado Colombia 1
Andreas Samaris Greece 1
Georgios Samaras Greece 1
Diego Godin Uruguay 1
Blaise Matuidi France 1
Mathieu Valbuena France 1
Moussa Sissoko France 1
Blerim Dzemaili Switzerland 1
Granit Xhaka Switzerland 1
Wayne Rooney England 1
Juan Quintero Colombia 1
Ivica Olic Croatia 1
Mile Jedinak Australia 1
Eduardo Vargas Chile 1
Charles Aranguiz Chile 1
Sofiane Feghouli Iran 1
Marouane Fellaini Belgium 1
Dries Mertens Belgium 1
Lee Keun-Ho South Korea 1
Alexander Kerzhakov Russia 1
Mario Balotelli Italy 1
Claudio Marchisio Italy 1
Daniel Sturridge England 1
Edinson Cavani Uruguay 1
Joel Campbell Costa Rica 1
Oscar Duarte Costa Rica 1
Marcos Urena Costa Rica 1
Pablo Armero Colombia 1
Teofilo Gutierrez Colombia 1
Stefan de Vrij Netherlands 1
Xabi Alonso Spain 1
Oscar Brazil 1
Oribe Peralta Mexico 1
Jorge Valdívia Chile 1
Jean Beausejour Chile 1
Keisuke Honda Japan 1
Admir Mehmedi Switzerland 1
Haris Seferovic Switzerland 1
Carlo Costly Honduras 1
Vedad Ibisevic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Mats Hummels Germany 1
Olivier Giroud France 1
John Anthony Brooks United States 1
Mario Gotze Germany 1
Miroslav Klose Germany 1
Edin Dzeko Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria 1
Divock Origi Belgium 1
Miralem Pjanic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Rafik Halliche Algeria 1
Abdelmoumene Djabou Algeria 1
Son Heung Min South Korea 1
Yacine Brahimi Algeria 1
Koo Jacheol South Korea 1
Nani Portugal 1
Jermaine Jones United States 1
Silvestre Varela Portugal 1
David Villa Spain 1
Fernando Torres Spain 1
Juan Mata Spain 1
Leroy Fer Netherlands 1
Rafael Marquez Mexico 1
Andres Guardado Mexico 1
Javier Hernandez Mexico 1
Joel Matip Cameroon 1
Fred Brazil 1
Fernandinho Brazil 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 1
Aleksandr Kokorin Russia 1
Jan Vertonghen Belgium 1
Giovani dos Santos Mexico 1
Wesley Sneijder Netherlands 1
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherlands 1
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Greece 1

Sunday Scorers Highlighted

 

Analysis

The round of 16 continued Sunday with yet another tantalizing match between Mexico and the Netherlands.

The match didn't quite start in the manner the Dutch had hoped for, as midfielder Nigel de Jong was seen hobbling on the pitch and needed to be substituted very early in the match. Jeff Carlisle of ESPN tweeted the occurrence:     

With that huge blow to the Dutch, Mexico quickly took control of the match in the first half.

The Mexicans fired away at goal while the Dutch appeared to be sluggish all over the pitch. Perhaps this was due to the onset of heat exhaustion from the intense on-field temperatures.

Brooks Peck of Dirty Tackle summed it up in rather humorous fashion:

The Netherlands were able to complete the first half at a 0-0 draw with Mexico despite dealing with an offensive onslaught throughout most of the first 45 minutes.

Well, early in the second half, the Dutch finally caved and gave up the first goal of the match on this brilliant strike by Giovani dos Santos in the 48th minute:

Mexico continued nursing their one-goal lead, as the Netherlands found their offense, attacking Guillermo Ochoa relentlessly. Although, it was Ochoa who flourished throughout the majority of the second half.

The Mexicans looked poised to take the win, heading into the 88th minute with a one-goal lead. However, a lapse on the defensive end quickly saw the tides of the game turn. Wesley Sneijder was in the right place to net the equalizer:

Now it appeared we would see a match enter extra time in two of the first three matches of the knockout stages.

Again, that changed quickly.

A clash between Rafael Marquez and Robin van Persie led to a penalty kick for the Netherlands in the 94th minute. The Dutch elected Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to take the shot. Here's a look at his strike:

That would complete the Netherlands' improbable comeback and propel them into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win. For Mexico, this disappointing loss marks the team's sixth consecutive departure from the World Cup in the round of 16.

There was no drama lost in the second match of the day, as Costa Rica and Greece played for the right to meet the Dutch in the quarterfinals.

Greece entered the game coming off a wild victory to advance through the group stage; however, the country's recent World Cup history didn't bode well against Costa Rica, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Early defensive prowess was shown on both sides of the pitch, as Greece seemed to have a defensive mentality while Costa Rica had only allowed one goal through the group stage.

Midway through the first half, ESPN FC tweeted what we were all thinking:

Possibly the save of the match happened late in the first half. Keylor Navas denied the Greeks with this brilliant leg save, courtesy of Bleacher Report UK:

The contest entered the half at a 0-0 draw.

Well, the draw didn't last long, as a mental lapse by Greece's defense left Bryan Ruiz wide open for the first goal of the match in the 52nd minute. Here's a look courtesy of World Cup Vines:

All Costa Rica had to do was hold on.

Although, in the 66th minute, Oscar Duarte made that a bit tougher for his team, taking a red card after this unnecessary tackle, courtesy of Bleacher Report UK:

Down to 10 men, Costa Rica was forced to hang on to its lead over the final 23 minutes of the match.

The team hung on nicely for that span; however, in extra time, Greece struck.

Hanging around in Costa Rica's end of the pitch, the Greeks took advantage of rebound, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos netted the equalizer in the 91st minute:

As improbable as it seemed, Greece did it again.

So, what came next? Fox Soccer summed it up:

The first period of extra time went by without a score, as each team stuck to a rather defensive style of play. That's not to say there weren't some nice opportunities for either side, but sound defense paved the way for yet another 15-minute period.

We saw more of the same through the second period of extra time. Down to 10 men, Costa Rica remained on the defensive, and successfully made it through. Although, it wasn't without a scary moment, as Greece almost took the match in the 121st minute.

So, we headed to penalty kicks.

With the first three kicks from each team finding their marks, Theofanis Gekas stepped up for Greece but was denied by Keylor Navas. Here's a look at the fantastic save, courtesy of Footy Vines.com:

Shortly after, Michael Umana put through Costa Rica's winning goal, sending his team through to face the Dutch in the quarterfinals. The Greeks put forth a valiant effort, but it just wasn't enough this time around.

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