FT: Netherlands 2-1 Mexico
Posted: 29 June 2014 Time: 17:21
Netherlands scored twice late-on to secure a comeback-from-behind 2-1 victory over Mexico to secure their quarter-final spot in this year's Fifa World Cup.
Full-Time: Netherlands 2-1 Mexico
96' - And it's all over! The Dutch complete the comeback and secure a quarter-final spot!
95' - Aquino's shot-cum-cross is caught by Cillessen, and the Dutch goalkeeper hoofs it long.
93' - GOAL! And Huntelaar coverts! The Dutch go 2-1 up after trailing six minutes ago!
92' - PENALTY! Marquez clips Robben in the box!
90' - Six minutes of time to be added...
88' - GOAL! Sneijder with his first of the tournament! The Oranje's tenth corner falls for the Dutch number 10, who finished with aplomb with a sweetly-taken strike! 1-1!
86' - Depay crosses in, but the green wall head clear.
85' - Depay with a shot from outside the box, but he hits his own player Bruno Martins!
84' - Another Dutch corner is initially dealt with, before Ochoa produces a fine save from a goal-bound Huntelaar effort, though the substitute was off-side.
81' - It's becoming heated in the middle of the park - not only with the weather - as a number of strong tackles come flying in. A desperate sense of urgency from the Dutch, who have just over ten minutes to save their World Cup campaign.
79' - Salcido with a wild strike that goes wide!
77' - Another welcome cooling break in the heat of Fortaleza...
76' - Netherlands SUB: van Persie (OFF) for Huntelaar (ON)
75' - Mexico SUB: Peralta (OFF) for Hernandez (ON)
74' - SAVE! Ochoa with a good block after Robben's strike from the right!
73' - Seventeen minutes for the Dutch to find a goal, and a way back intot his game.
71' - Sneijder shoots from range, but it's off target.
70' - Ochoa flaps at the Oranje's seventh corner, and it's cleared away.
68’ – First yellow card of the game given to Mexico's Aguilar, who will miss the next game if Mexico progress.
67’ – Robben falls into the box as the Dutch as for a penalty, but nothing given. Went to ground way too easily there.
66' - Aquino with some silky touches in midfield, slips it through for Peralta, but he's off-side.
64' - Netherlands with their fifth corner, but Mexico remain resilient and clear the danger.
63' - Robben floats in a ball which evades everyone, but narrowly passes Ochoa's right-hand upright!
62' - Arjen Robben seeing a lot more of the ball now as he tries to find an opening for his side. Mexican defense saty solid.
61' - Mexican SUB: Dos Santos (OFF) for Aquino (ON).
60' - CHANCE! Robben runs at the MExican defence, lays it off to Sneijder, whose shot is deflected for a corner!
57' - SAVE! Ochoa pushes a De Vrij effort onto the post from a Dutch corner!
56' - Netherlands SUB: Depay (ON) for Verhaegh (OFF)
55' - CHANCE! Peralta turns his man and takes a well-taken strike on goal which Cillessen saves!
54' - Blind tries his luck from range, but it's well wide.
53' - Netherlands have come back from behind twice in the tournament so far. Can they do it again today? Not with their latest chance, as Sneijder slams his free-kick straight into the Mexican wall.
50' - CHANCE! Marquez heads over from a Mexican free-kick! El tri with their tails up now!
48' - GOAL! Dos Santos gives Mexico the lead with a superb strike from the edge of the D!
46' - 1961 was the last time Mexico beat their European rivals. Can they do it here in Fortaleza?
45' - And we're underway!
Half-time substitution as Reyes replaces the injured Moreno for Mexico.
Half-Time: Netherlands 0-0 Mexico
And the referee blows for the break. Mexico will surely be the happier of the two sides.
48' - Mistake at the back as Marquez fails to deal with a back-pass, van Persie picks up the loose ball and tries to feed in Robben, who is quickly checked by Moreno. Robben takes a tumble, but nothing given. Moreno now receiving treatment for that challenge, as the stretcher is called on to take him off.
45' - Four minutes of added time (making up mostly for the cooling break)...
44' - Martins tries to feed in Robben behind the Mexican defence, but it's too strong and rolls out for a goal-kick.
42' - CHANCE! Dos Santos forces a save from Cillessen at his near post!
41' - Robben with the first corner for the Dutch. He plays it short before receiving it back, but his delivery is too strong for RvP.
40' - Loud jeers from the Mexican supporters as the Dutch pass it around in midfield.
39' - Aguilar down the right now for Mexico, yet he can't keep the ball in play as he runs it out for a goal-kick after good pressure from Kuyt.
37' - Mexico looking the more attacking of the two sides. Hard to believe they only won 2 qualifiers en route to Brazil 2014, before dispatching of New Zealand 9-3 on aggregate in their play-off.
36' - Layun again with a poor delivery as he does well to beat his man, but a dreadful cross goes over the goal posts for a Dutch goal-kick.
35' - Layun delivers a weak ball in from the left, which Cillessen easily gathers.
34' - Back underway...
31' - First-ever official cooling break at a World Cup as the referee calls for a 3-minute break. Temperatures recorded at 38C in Fortaleza today...
27' - CHANCE! Peralta worms his way through the Orange wall of defense, and the ball lands at the feet of Dos Santos who shoots straight at the Dutch keeper!
26' - CHANCE! Van Persie get behind the Mexican defence, but shoots wide with his weaker right foot!
23' - Salcido stings the palms of Cillessen from distance and wins a corner. The resulting set piece evades everyone and goes out for a goal-kick.
22' - Robben with a charging run at the heart of the Mexican defence. He takes a tumble, but nothing given as the referee waves play on.
19' - Mexico again go close as they go route one. Cillessen is beaten but his defenders clear for a corner. A high boot there from Vlaar, but no penalty given. Resulting corner is easily dealt with.
17' - CHANCE! Mexico go close as Dos Santos cuts the ball back for Peralta, who lays it off for Herrera who shoots narrowly wide!
16' - Dutch attacking predominantly down the left, yet the Central Americans cover well to foil the Dutch attacks.
12' - Mexico with good intent down the right, yet the final ball in is cleared away. Mexico re-gather, and Layun makes a strong run down the left, fizzing in a good ball into the box, yet there are no team mates there to add a finishing touch.
9' - Early substitution as Nigel de Jong is replaced by Bruno MArtins Indi. Seems as though the Milan midfielder was stuggling with a niggling injury.
7' - Cillessen mis-cues his clearance as he runs out of his box, but his defence was there to clear. No clear-cut opportunities for either side as yet.
4' - Layun with another strike from range, a little closer than his previous shot, as this one rolls wide for another Dutch goal-kick.
3' - Sneijder overcooks his delivery into the opposition box from the left as the Netherlands try construct their first meaningful attack on goal.
2' - Layun lets fly from 40 yards out as Cillessen watches it over his bar. A signal of intent from Mexico, possibly.
1' - And the Portuguese official gets us underway at the bright and sunny Estadio Castelao! The Dutch in their traditional orange strip, Mexico in green.
The national anthems are being belted out in Fortaleza...
The Netherlands were emphatic in the group stages, scoring ten in their three Group B victories including a memorbale 5-1 drubbing of reigning champions Spain in their opening fixture.
Mexico finished as runners-up in Group A, winning two matches and drawing against hosts Brazil 0-0. El Tri have conceded just once in the tournament so far - one of only three teams in the competition to have done so.
Mexico have midfielder Jose Vazquez suspended for this fixture, while the Oranje have a full complement of players at their disposal, with two players currently sitting on a yellow card in De Vrij and Blind. Mexico's Marquez, Moreno and Aguilar are all in danger of missing the next match - should they progress - as they are carrying over a caution received in their previous game.
Netherlands and Mexico have met just once before at a Fifa World Cup in France 1998, where the sides drew 2-2. Mexico have exited at the Last 16 of a World Cup in their last five appearances, while the Dutch will hope to go one better than 2010 as they pursue their maiden World Cup victory.
The team line-ups have been announced:
Netherlands XI: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Wijnaldum
Mexico XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguila