The winger won a decisive penalty to eliminate Mexico, but the goalkeeper has backed his team-mate's claims that his fall was legitimateBy Robin Bairner at Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has insisted that his side deserved their controversial penalty, won for them by Arjen Robben, which helped them secure a 2-1 win over Mexico and to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.
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Cillessen, however, has backed up his international team-mate's claims, insisting the decision of referee Pedro Proenca was correct.
"He doesn't go down that easy, and I think we should have had a penalty in the first half," he said. "I've not seen it back, but I think it's a penalty. If he says it's a penalty, I believe him."
Regardless of the late nature of the Dutch victory – Wesley Sneijder's equaliser arrived in the 88th minute – the Ajax shot-stopper was confident his side could pull through, aided by the contribution of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who came on as a substitute to score the late penalty.
"We kept confidence and we knew if we scored before the end of the game we'd go on and win it - and that's what we did," he said.
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The weather was a major discussion point before the match, and though the 25-year-old admitted that conditions were not easy, he was pleased his side came through such a challenge.
"It was warmer than where we trained, but we trained here for two days. It's not our favourite kind of weather, but we showed we can win here," he continued.
"We had belief, and we believe it can get better, especially when you can win in this kind of situation, with this weather and we think we can beat everyone."
Netherlands will face the winner of Greece and Costa Rica in the quarter-finals next weekend.