Dutch Break Mexican.
Netherlands pulls off a staggering late comeback to beat Mexico 2-1 and sneak into the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.
A stunning goal by Giovani Dos Santos and a string of saves from Mexico Keeper Guillermo Ochoa made it looked as if Mexico had sealed the deal to march into the Quarter Finals. They were set for the disappointment when Wesley Sneijder scored just 2 mins before 90 mins.
Louis van Gaal replaced Robin van Persie with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and was rewarded as Huntelaar was at the heart of the astonishing late comeback as Netherlands pulled off an unforgettable victory in the round of 16 knock out stages.
At the 88th minute, Huntelaar nodded down a corner for Galatasaray play maker Wesley Sneijder to drill in a stunning low shot into the bottom left corner of the goal post. The game then went into extra time and Arjen Robben won a penalty just 3 minutes into the additional 6 minutes.
Huntelaar stepped up and sent Ochoa – whom have been nothing but impressive – the wrong way. Yet, there was much dispute over the penalty. Replays suggested that it was a highly theatrical dive from the Dutchman Arjen Robben, but he had been wrongly denied a clear penalty earlier in the game (45+2′ min) so justice was probably done in the end.
Mexico had controlled most of the matches and probably deserved to win. It was an especially bitter blow for Miguel Herrera’s spirited side, who have given their very best, especially Ochoa, whose brilliance has made him one of the heroes of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.
Netherlands VS Greece
Netherlands now face Costa Rica in the last eight, after 10-man Costa Rica held onto a 1-1 draw in extra time to beat Greece 5-3 in the penalty shootout.
Bryan Ruiz scored 7 minutes into the 2nd half when he spotted Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis out of position and simply side-footed the ball into the bottom of the right corner from the edge of the box.
Oscar Duarte from Costa Rica was sent off 14 minutes later for a second yellow, leaving Costa Rica to play with 10-man for an hour. Costa Rica appeared to have held onto their 1-0 lead until Greek defender Sokratis chose the perfect moment to score his first international goal in injury time and equalised the game.
Fine saves from Navas in the penalty shoot out enabled Costa Rica to proceed to the Quarter Finals.