The Bayern Munich winger won a spot kick in injury time to enable Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to score the winner but admitted going to ground too easily earlier in the match.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
While the Dutch winger took a dive that led to the winning penalty kick, the focus shouldn't be put squarely on the ref after coach Miguel Herrera made some questionable moves.
The former America boss was furious that Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca failed to caution Arjen Robben for diving and then awarded the winger a decisive late penalty
The goalkeeper came up with a pair of big saves to protect Mexico's lead and couldn't be faulted for either of the Netherlands' late goals.
Mexico is out of the World Cup after a gut-wrenching defeat to the Netherlands that saw El Tri concede twice late.
Louis van Gaal's men rode their luck against Miguel Herrera's resilient side, but Arjen Robben starred once again as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late penalty saw the Dutch through.
Mexico was up late on against the Dutch, but fell to two late strikes, including a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot.
The Netherlands forward believes El Tri will have a definite advantage because the match is in South America, but is confident following the Oranje's displays so far.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Carlos Salcido replaces Jose Juan Vasquez in El Tri's starting XI for the round of 16, while the rest of the squad remains the same from the three group-stage matches.
After beating Cameroon and Croatia and drawing against host Brazil, El Tri will have a tough test against the Dutch side in the round of 16 on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
Louis van Gaal welcomes back captain Robin van Persie from suspension as the Group B winner faces Miguel Herrera's side, which has grown in confidence in Brazil so far.
Friday, June 27, 2014
El Tri picked up wins against Cameroon and Croatia in Group A, but beating the world-class Netherlands side waiting in the second round will require an entirely different level.
With a key player suspended, Miguel Herrera is reportedly set to turn to a veteran presence as his Mexico side seeks to topple the Netherlands.
The 24-year-old Porto midfielder has given his stock a boost with a standout World Cup thus far.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Miguel Herrera's side has been impressive defensively in the World Cup so far, and will need another big performance against the Netherlands.
The Mexico international struggled for playing time at Old Trafford last season and has aired his frustration at being continually overlooked for a starting berth.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Mexico forward admitted to crying a bit after breaking his scoring drought for El Tri in a win over Croatia.
The striker has been at the Liga club since 2011 and Arsenal's buy-back option has been nullified with the player signing a four year deal.
Monday, June 23, 2014
The former Club America boss has his team in the round of 16, and his country has fallen for his fiery style.
A year ago, Rafa Marquez didn't even look like someone who would make El Tri's World Cup team. Today, he's captain of a Mexico team rolling to the round of 16.