HOLLAND 2 – 1 MEXICO
This was an interesting game. Former Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt would be making his 100th appearance for his country as the Dutch men face off in the last 16 against highly tipped contenders for winning this World Cup, Mexico.
The Netherlands really have been getting win after win and are not always the first to score in their games… it was Xabi Alonso who got the first goal in their impressive 5-1 win over 2010 World Cup winners, Spain. Comebacks seem to be no problem for Holland.
The Mexicans did very well and controlled the game, holding possession and taking any opportunity to attack and make the Dutch goalkeeper earn his wages and the right to continue in this tournament.
The first goal would be an impressive strike from Dos Santos as the Mexicans got a lead early on in the second half (around 48 minutes). The Mexicans would work hard in the Brazilian heat and keep their lead for up until only two minutes away from the 90 minute mark.
In the 88th minute, Wesley Sneijder would score a stunning goal which was a volley to the bottom left corner from about 18 yards… the Mexican goalkeeper never had a chance of saving it, as the powerful shot smashed the back of the net before Ochoa could even react or perform a dive. He was still standing up by the time the Dutch were all celebrating equalizing late on.
It was assumed at this point that there would be a period of extra time to play, before perhaps a penalty shoot out. WE WERE WRONG! The referee would award a penalty around the 93rd minute and substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would calmly score under pressure from the spot-kick to deny Mexico their first World Cup quarter final in 28 years.
The teams had to play this game in extreme weather – the heat was so hot that the referee decided once in each half that a “COOLING BREAK” was necessary. The referee simply signalled (once around the 35th minute and also around the 75th minute) that the players could have a break which would last around 3 minutes for cooling off and having drinks to refresh themselves. The minutes spent in the cooling break would be added to the match later on, nearer the final whistles of each half (also known as injury time).
KEY PLAYERS: Dos Santos almost became the man that got the only goal in a 1-0 win for Mexico… it was very late on before the Dutch made their comeback
Sneijder scored a terrific goal that was so powerful, it never had a chance of being saved. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was only a substitute in this game but would make his mark as he helped his country qualify for the World Cup Quarter Finals.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.