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

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates after defeating Mexico 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 26, 2016

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 1ResultTeam 2
Netherlands2-1Mexico
Costa Rica1-1 (5-3)Greece

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Goalscorers
PlayerCountryGoals
James RodriguezColombia5
NeymarBrazil4
Lionel MessiArgentina4
Thomas MullerGermany4
Karim BenzemaFrance3
Enner ValenciaEcuador3
Arjen RobbenNetherlands3
Robin van PersieNetherlands3
Xherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland3
Jackson MartinezColombia2
GervinhoIvory Coast2
Luis SuarezUruguay2
Tim CahillAustralia2
Mario MandzukicCroatia2
Ahmed MusaNigeria2
Andre AyewGhana2
Clint DempseyUnited States2
Memphis DepayNetherlands2
Ivan PerisicCroatia2
Wilfried BonyIvory Coast2
Asamoah GyanGhana2
Islam SlimaniAlgeria2
Alexis SanchezChile2
Bryan RuizCosta Rica2
David LuizBrazil1
Avdija VrsajevicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Reza GhoochannejhadIran1
Marcos RojoArgentina1
Juan CuadradoColombia1
Andreas SamarisGreece1
Georgios SamarasGreece1
Diego GodinUruguay1
Blaise MatuidiFrance1
Mathieu ValbuenaFrance1
Moussa SissokoFrance1
Blerim DzemailiSwitzerland1
Granit XhakaSwitzerland1
Wayne RooneyEngland1
Juan QuinteroColombia1
Ivica OlicCroatia1
Mile JedinakAustralia1
Eduardo VargasChile1
Charles AranguizChile1
Sofiane FeghouliIran1
Marouane FellainiBelgium1
Dries MertensBelgium1
Lee Keun-HoSouth Korea1
Alexander KerzhakovRussia1
Mario BalotelliItaly1
Claudio MarchisioItaly1
Daniel SturridgeEngland1
Edinson CavaniUruguay1
Joel CampbellCosta Rica1
Oscar DuarteCosta Rica1
Marcos UrenaCosta Rica1
Pablo ArmeroColombia1
Teofilo GutierrezColombia1
Stefan de VrijNetherlands1
Xabi AlonsoSpain1
OscarBrazil1
Oribe PeraltaMexico1
Jorge ValdíviaChile1
Jean BeausejourChile1
Keisuke HondaJapan1
Admir MehmediSwitzerland1
Haris SeferovicSwitzerland1
Carlo CostlyHonduras1
Vedad IbisevicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Mats HummelsGermany1
Olivier GiroudFrance1
John Anthony BrooksUnited States1
Mario GotzeGermany1
Miroslav KloseGermany1
Edin DzekoBosnia and Herzegovina1
Peter OdemwingieNigeria1
Divock OrigiBelgium1
Miralem PjanicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Rafik HallicheAlgeria1
Abdelmoumene DjabouAlgeria1
Son Heung MinSouth Korea1
Yacine BrahimiAlgeria1
Koo JacheolSouth Korea1
NaniPortugal1
Jermaine JonesUnited States1
Silvestre VarelaPortugal1
David VillaSpain1
Fernando TorresSpain1
Juan MataSpain1
Leroy FerNetherlands1
Rafael MarquezMexico1
Andres GuardadoMexico1
Javier HernandezMexico1
Joel MatipCameroon1
FredBrazil1
FernandinhoBrazil1
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal1
Aleksandr KokorinRussia1
Jan VertonghenBelgium1
Giovani dos SantosMexico1
Wesley SneijderNetherlands1
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarNetherlands1
Sokratis PapastathopoulosGreece1
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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