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World Cup 2014
June 29, 2014
• 12:00 PM
• Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, Fortaleza, Ceará
Referee: Pedro Proença
• Attendance: 58817
W. Sneijder 88'
K. Huntelaar 90'+
G. dos Santos 48'
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed the action and until next time, farewell.
The Netherlands go through to the quarter-finals after a dramatic win over Mexico. Miguel Herrera's side were in the lead for much of the second half thanks to a great finish from Giovani dos Santos, but they were ultimately unable to hold on to what would have been an historic win. The Dutch fought back with goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, giving Louis van Gaal's men a great chance of reaching the semi-finals. The defeat is undoubtedly cruel for Mexico, who have picked up many admirers in this tournament, but the Netherlands were ruthless.
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Time is nearly up for Mexico. Aquino manages to get down the right and slip a cross into the area, but Cillessen claims the ball just before it can sneak inside the post.
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Penalty Goal Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
GOAL!!! NETHERLANDS TAKE THE LEAD IN FORTALEZA! Huntelaar steps up and coolly places a brilliant penalty into the bottom-left corner. Mexico are heading out!
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Yellow Card A. Guardado
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Rafa Márquez
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PENALTY TO NETHERLANDS! Robben does brilliantly down the right, breezing past two men and then getting to the byline. He cuts back on to his left foot and is clumsily brought down by Marquez.
90' + 1'
There will be six minutes of stoppage time.
That is such a cruel blow for Mexico, who have been very good today. However, a goal did look to be coming and the Netherlands will be buoyed. Can they clinch a second?
Assist Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Goal Wesley Sneijder
GOAL!!!! NETHERLANDS ARE LEVEL!! Robben's corner is met by Huntelaar, who heads the ball back to the edge of the area and Sneijder smashes a half-volley into the bottom-left corner. Ochoa had no chance!
Fantastic save again from Ochoa as Robben's cross is flicked on and Huntelaar volleys it at the goalkeeper from point-blank range, but the forward was offside, so Ochoa's save won't be reflected in the statistics.
The Netherlands win themselves another corner on the right as Kuyt knocks a cross on to a defender and out of play. These next five minutes or so will be long for Mexico.
That break does appear to have helped Mexico, who have enjoyed a decent spell of possession since proceedings were re-started. However, it will surely only be a matter of time before Netherlands have the Mexicans under intense pressure again.
SALCIDO MUST DO BETTER! Carlos Salcido found himself as the furthest forward for Mexico and after the ball dropped kindly for him on the edge of the area, the former Fulham man sent an unchallenged volley well over.
We are back underway as we approach the final ten minutes. Mexico have the quarter-finals in their sights.
And now we have the match's second "cooling break", which I am sure will come as a relief for Mexico, who are under a lot of pressure.
Robin van Persie
Robben fires the resulting corner into the danger area and again Mexico fail to win the first ball as Vlaar meets it with a crashing header, sending it over the crossbar.
BIG SAVE FROM OCHOA! Mexico are really struggling to cope with Robben now. The winger slaloms into the area, skipping over a hopeless challenge from Marquez and then shooting from an acute angle, but Ochoa denies him.
Good play by Herrera, who has been impressive today. The central midfielder finds a gap down the left and charges into the space. He drives a powerful delivery across the face of goal, but Peralta was nowhere to be seen.
Yellow Card Paul Nicolás Aguilar
Aguilar clatters into Depay from behind and gets a deserved yellow card, which will rule him out of the quarter-finals if Mexico get there.
Robben has been far better in the second half and he is running at Mexico again down the right. He skips inside one challenge and then goes to ground just inside the area after being clipped by Reyes, but he does get a penalty. That looks to be the correct decision.
Mexico have the ball in the back of the net, but it won't count as Peralta was offside. That just shows you how quickly Mexico could break through the Netherlands if they need to.
Mexico appear to have held off the Netherlands for now as they bring the ball out from the back, link up well in the middle and attempt to cut through the Dutch.
Good play again by Robben as he cuts inside on to his left foot and clips a cross into the area. Van Persie can't quite reach it and the ball flies just wide of the far post.
This is all Netherlands at the moment. They are putting their opponents under intense pressure, but they have to stay alive to the threat of a counterattack. Mexico impressed greatly in a similar situation against Croatia and then ultimately picked Niko Kovac's men off.
Giovani dos Santos
SNEIJDER GOES CLOSE! Robben, who finally appears to have woken up, attacks down the right and cuts inside. He pokes a pass to the edge of the box for Sneijder and the midfielder gets a shot away, but a deflection takes the ball just wide of the top-left corner.
The Netherlands have responded fairly well to falling behind, but they still can't find a way through, for one reason or another. Depay is the latest to try his luck on the attack, but Aguilar does well to win a goal kick off him.
WHAT A SAVE BY OCHOA! Robben whips in a ferocious corner from the right and De Vrij directs it towards goal, but Ochoa makes a reaction save and knocks it on to the left-hand post. Fantastic save.
There is Van Gaal's first throw of the dice. He introduces Memphis Depay, who has impressed from the bench in this tournament, and he replaces Verhaegh.
In goes another corner, but once again the Dutch are unable to take advantage of the set play. That was a waste of a couple of good situations.
The Netherlands are enjoying a little bit of pressure at the moment, but they need to make the most of it. Robben attacks down the right and wins a corner off Reyes, with the set-piece quickly knocked behind again by a Mexican defender.
The Dutch do have a free-kick in a decent position now, though. Van Persie and Sneijder stand over it, with the penalty area full of players. The Galatasaray midfielder smashes his delivery straight into the wall, though.
What a dreadful start to the second half for the Netherlands. They really did struggle in the first half, with many citing the climate, and Mexico have hit them with something of a sucker-punch right after the break.
Mexico have another chance now. They win a free-kick in an advanced position on the right and Herrera curls it into the danger zone, but Marquez heads over the crossbar.
Goal Giovani dos Santos
GOAL!!! MEXICO TAKE THE LEAD! They have been far better than the Netherlands and they have a deserved goal! Giovani pounces on to a bouncing ball, controls it on his chest and then smashes an unstoppable hit into the bottom-right corner from 30 yards.
Mexico are not wasting any time getting on to the attack. They look to get straight at Netherlands down the left, but De Vrij sticks a foot in on the edge of the area to halt their passage.
Further to Moreno's injury at the end of the first half, Diego Reyes has come on. He can slot into the defence or midfield.
Here we go. We are back underway for the second half.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, which I'm sure the Dutch are grateful for. Van Gaal's men have not looked comfortable in the heat, while Mexico have posed a much greater attacking threat. Excellent chances have by no means been frequent, but the first half did have some entertaining spells.
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Moreno appears to be in significant pain after that. The highly-rated Espanyol defender took a bang to his left left and is carried off on a stretcher.
45' + 2'
DUTCH PENALTY CLAIMS REJECTED! Mexico got sloppy at the back and Van Persie pounced, racing towards the penalty area with Robben in support. His pass is cut out by Marquez, but his touch is heavy and Robben nips in front of the defender. The Bayern winger then goes to ground due to the combination of Moreno and Marquez crashing into him, but no penalty is given.
45' + 1'
There will be four minutes of stoppage time.
Netherlands do not look like causing Mexico problems here, let alone pick up a win. Half-time is approaching and the Dutch haven't really had a clear-cut chance.
INCISIVE PLAY BY MEXICO! Herrera plays a good pass forward for Peralta and he produces a clever flick to pick out Guardado, who inadvertently plays a first-time pass into the area. Giovani races on to it and tests Cillessen from an acute angle, but the goalkeeper makes a block.
There are now a huge number of empty seats visible in the lower sections of the stadium. Fans appear to have deserted the stands in order to seek cover from the sun.
The Netherlands' final ball really has been poor so far. On this occasion Kuyt tries to latch on to a pass into the left side of the Mexico area, but it is too strong and Marquez guides it out of play.
Vlaar is not having a good match against Peralta. The Aston Villa man tries to deal with a long ball from the back, but he subsequently allows the forward to wrestle possession off him. The attack soon peters out after Peralta played the ball back towards Herrera, but that is definitely an area in which Mexico are having some joy.
Van Gaal's men have really struggled to keep Layun quiet so far and he gets into a great position once again, evading the attentions of Verhaegh. However, the wing-back's low cross is underhit and Cillessen pounces on it.
The players are back out in their positions and Marquez restarts proceedings by booting the ball out of play.
Due to the heat and humidity in Fortaleza, the teams are now having a "cooling break". Play should start again shortly.
The Dutch are enjoying another spell of possession now, but once again they aren't going anywhere with it. They look painfully short of ideas at the moment, with Sneijder struggling to get on the ball.
Mexico string together another good move in the attacking third. This time it only takes two of them to worry the Dutch backline as Giovani plays a pass into Peralta, receives the ball back and then fires at Cillessen from 25 yards. The goalkeeper scoops it up with ease, however.
That is a decent chance by Van Persie's standards. The Manchester United star does well to bring a lofted ball down in the area while stretching, but he slices a right-footed effort wide.
The Netherlands are finally seeing some possession now, but Mexico are allowing them to keep the ball as they see no threat to themselves when the likes of Vlaar are on the ball.
Herrera fires in the corner, but his delivery is a little strong and it evades everyone in the area. Nevertheless, Mexico's excellent start to this match continues. They aren't giving Netherlands a moment of peace.
Nervous goalkeeping from Cillessen there. Salcido, who has scored some spectacular goals in his time, takes aim about 35 yards from goal. His effort is on target, but straight at the goalkeeper. However, Cillessen unconvincingly parries it around the post.
Robben is clearly growing frustrated. He does well to run with the ball across the edge of the Mexico area and he is tripped up, but the Bayern star does not get a free-kick.
Herrera is lucky to still have a head on his shoulders. The midfielder charged into the area, trying to hold off Vlaar and when challenging for the bouncing ball, the defender kicked Herrera on the back of his head. He appears to be fine, but he doesn't look happy, asking the referee why a penalty hasn't been given.
The Netherlands have been very slow getting into this and a decent attempt for a chance goes begging as Wijnaldum cuts a low cross into the danger area, but Mexico get a free-kick as Van Persie is penalised for a significant tug on Marquez's shirt.
SO CLOSE FOR HERRERA! Fantastic move by Mexico. Giovani does brilliantly to exploit the space behind Kuyt, getting into the area in the process and then cutting a pass back to Peralta. The forward bides his time and then coolly sets up Herrera once he realises he is being crowded out, but Herrera slides an effort just wide of the bottom-left post.
Netherlands have tentative penalty claims ignored by the referee as Robben broke into space on the left flank and then ran at the defender. The Bayern man was forced out wide and then crossed, claiming the ball struck a hand. Nothing given, however.
The lively Layun is in devastating mood again. This time he charges down the left, skipping past Verhaegh before flashing a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Giovani is unable to get a touch on it, though.
Mexico have definitely started as the better team so far. De Vrij gets himself into a spot of bother on the left and Peralta nudges him out of the way. The forward tries to pick out a cross for Giovani, but Vlaar nods away.
Herrera has been very lively during the opening proceedings. He does link up with Peralta on this occasion, with the forward producing a clever backheel, but a heavy touch from Herrera sees the Dutch receive possession.
Very clever play by Herrera as he comes deep to receive a pass from Aguilar, steps over it and then collects a first-time pass from Giovani dos Santos. The FC Porto midfielder then feeds a pass into the area for Peralta, but he was not on the same wave length.
Nigel De Jong
Bruno Martins Indi
Well, that's a very early substitution. Nigel de Jong has lasted just nine minutes as he walks off the pitch to be replaced by Martins Indi, who will likely slot into the centre of defence, while Blind moves into midfield.
Cillessen almost plays his defenders into trouble. Peralta chases a lofted ball over the defence and although the goalkeeper comes to meet it, he slices his clearance uncontrollably. Luckily for the Dutch, however, Mexico don't pounce.
Layun finds himself in the attacking third once again. Herrera does well to ride a couple of challenges after coming in from the right. He eventually pokes a pass to the Club America man, but he shoots wide from 25 yards.
The Netherlands set out for their first attack of the match and they eventually work the ball out to Sneijder on the left. The Galatasaray man floats a decent cross into the area towards the isolated Van Persie, but the ball goes harmlessly out of play.
There is the match's first shot and Miguel Layun certainly isn't short of confidence as the wing-back cuts in from the left after being given so much space and his long-range effort goes just over the crossbar.
We're off in Fortaleza!
The teams are now out on the pitch for the national anthems.
Mexico, meanwhile, are almost at full strength, but Jose Juan Vazquez misses out due to suspension. Experienced campaigner Carlos Salcido, who used to play in the Netherlands for PSV Eindhoven, takes his place. Javier Hernandez remains on the bench, despite scoring against Croatia.
Louis van Gaal has been forced into a couple of changes from his first-choice XI. While Van Persie is back after being rested against Chile, Daryl Janmaat misses out. Dirk Kuyt fills in as a left-sided wing-back once again, while Paul Verhaegh slots in on the right. Jonathan de Guzman misses out too, with Georginio Wijnaldum taking his position in the midfield.
I don't want to curse this match before we've even started, but what an entertaining match we have in prospect today. Both of these sides were fascinating to watch in the group stage, with neither sitting back and looking to absorb pressure. The Dutch will unsurprisingly go into the match as favourites, but that will be fine with Mexico, who few expected to progress from Group A.
Mexico subs: Corona, Talavera, Reyes, Fabian, Jimenez, Pulido, Hernandez, Ponce, Brizuela, Aquino, Pena.
Mexico (3-5-2): Ochoa; Rodríguez, Márquez, Moreno; Aguilar, Herrera, Salcido, Guardado, Layún; Giovani, Peralta.
Netherlands subs: Vorm, Krul, Martins Indi, Janmaat, De Guzman, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Depay.
The Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Cillessen; Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind; Verhaegh, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Kuyt; Sneijder; Van Persie, Robben.
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Hello and welcome to the LIVE text commentary of the FIFA World Cup last-16 clash between Netherlands and Mexico in Fortaleza. I am Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you as these two sides target a place in the quarter-finals.
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