Netherlands Defeat Mexico Thanks to Latest World Cup Comeback Ever in Regulation

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Netherlands Defeat Mexico Thanks to Latest World Cup Comeback Ever in Regulation
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Despite trailing 1-0 for nearly 40 minutes and being shut out for more than 87 minutes, the Netherlands rallied for one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history on Sunday, becoming the first team to win a knockout-stage game after trailing in the 88th minute or later, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Thanks to a 48th-minute goal from midfielder Giovani Dos Santos, Mexico held a 1-0 lead going into the 88th minute, with sights set on breaking their painful World Cup streak.

Mexico had advanced past the group stage in each of the last five Cups, only to fall in the round of 16 each and every time.

It looked like things would go different for the Mexicans this time until Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder sent a rocket into the back of the net in the 88th minute.

Arjen Robben was then controversially fouled in the box two minutes into stoppage time, which led to a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar penalty shot two minutes later to send the Netherlands through to the quarterfinals.

The Dutch were the only team to score double-digit goals during the group stage but had a hard time breaking through against a Mexico side that allowed only one score in its first three matches.

Nevertheless, the Dutch secured their spot in the quarterfinals, where they will play a Costa Rica side that has allowed only two goals in four matches in Brazil.

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