Kuyt revels in 'special' Netherlands triumph after winning 100th cap

The forward became the seventh Oranje star to reach the milestone in the World Cup last-16 win over Mexico but was eager to pay tribute to match-winner Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Dirk Kuyt admits Netherlands' World Cup second-round victory over Mexico was "a special day" as he earned his 100th senior cap.

El Tri took the lead after a Giovani Dos Santos goal early in the second half, but Wesley Sneijder scored two minutes from the end of normal time to restore parity.

Four minutes later, the Dutch took the lead as Rafael Marquez was adjudged to have brought down Arjen Robben inside the box by referee Pedro Proenca, with substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.

Kuyt started the match in a left wing-back position, retaining his position from the Netherlands’ final group game against Chile, and the former Liverpool man admitted he was proud to have become Oranje's seventh centurion in the victory.

"It was a special day for me," Kuyt said, speaking to NOS. "It was exactly seven years ago that my father passed away. If you become the seventh player that reaches 100 caps, it's really a great feeling."

Despite his personal milestone, Kuyt was eager to pay tribute to Huntelaar for his nerves in the closing minutes as Netherlands triumphed despite the taxing conditions.

"It was very tough. I haven't played in these circumstances before. I've been at Aruba with these temperatures, but it's totally different in such a match. But the way we kept fighting is magnificent," said the Fenerbahce veteran.

"I want to give Klaas a big compliment. He never complained about his role and he puts away a penalty like that... respect for him."