Published On: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014

Netherlands comes back to beat Mexico, 2-1

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The game was looking like a sure Mexico victory heading into the final minutes. In the first half, Mexico had most of the better chances. Netherlands’ star striker duo of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie couldn’t get any space or any opportunities, and Mexico was looking threatening from outside the box and on the counterattack.

In the second half, Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring with a beautiful strike from outside the box to give Mexico a 1-0 lead. Netherlands began to push forward more and more, bringing on Memphis Depay for a defender, and winning corner kicks and attempting dangerous crosses. The Dutch did not look they were going to break through, especially with Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa putting on a show once again. And then Netherlands brought off van Persie, an interesting decision given how talented RVP can be in the final third.

Mexico's Hector Moreno (R) challenges Arjen Robben     (REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo)

Mexico’s Hector Moreno (R) challenges Arjen Robben (REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo)

A 10th corner kick ended up paying off for the Dutch, though, as a header fell to the feet of Wesley Sneijder, who buried it past Ochoa to tie the game in the 88th minute. Mexico looked relegated to play for extra time, but Netherlands was looking to end it in regulation.

Arjen Robben, who had created plenty of chances in the second half, took it to the endline against multiple Mexico defenders — and then cut back, and when he showed the world his “performing capabilities” taking a dive that the the Portuguese Referee considered a fault. This situation left crowds shocked and disappointed by Robben’s miming during a huge festival.

Arjeen Robben after his World Class "Dive"

Arjeen Robben after his World Class “Dive”

Arjen Robben was accused of faking three times during his 90-minute performance on the Estadio Castelao stage at the World Cup festival of football.

Many in the crowd were disappointed by Robben’s miming – especially if they supported Mexico.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar buried the penalty and Netherlands was up 2-1. That would be the final score, as Mexico was devastated. El Tri have now been knocked out six straight times in the Round of 16



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