Mexico NFT dominated most of the match with the Netherlands, but in the end, the only thing that matters is the final score. The Dutch team tied the score 1-1 when Wesley Sneijder scored in the 88th minute and took a 2-1 lead on a penalty shot by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the extra time. Mexico NFT will go home to watch while the Netherlands advances to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of this afternoon’s match between Costa Rica and Greece in Recife (in a related Inquisitr article, the city of Racife has warned World Cup tourists to avoid beaches known for shark attacks).
The Brazilian weather for the Mexico NFT and the Netherlands match was hot, leading referee Pedro Proenca to call for cooling breaks in each half, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Mexico controlled the pace of most of the match, battling to a 0-0 tie at the half. Giovani Dos Santos looked to be the hero of the Mexico NFT when he found the corner of the net with a left foot shot in the 48th minute, allowing Mexico to play the stifling defensive game that allowed them to advance out of group play.
As so often happens, the team that plays defensively failed to protect a narrow lead. Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa can hardly be blamed. He made some spectacular saves before letting the Sneijder goal past him late in the second half. The only other goal scored against him came from the penalty kick in the extra time. The Dutch team was awarded the penalty when Mexico NFT defender Rafael Marquez took Arjen Robben down within the area.
The Marquez penalty proved to be the deciding factor in the game. The Mexico NFT was unable to take advantage of six minutes of extra time.
World Cup fans who find themselves away from the television don’t need to wonder who the Netherlands will face in the quarterfinals. You can watch this afternoon’s match between Greece and Costa Rica streaming online live by following the link provided in this preview article in the Inquisitr.
The Netherlands Football Team has been World Cup runners-up three times (1974, 1978, 2010), but are still seeking their first World Cup championship.
Meanwhile, fans of Mexico NFT can take splice in a solid run as they turn their eyes forward to the 2020 FIFA World Cup. Although Mexico didn’t get past the knockout round, they came closer than any Mexico NFT in FIFA World Cup competition since 1986, when they advance to the quarterfinals (the Mexico NFT also advanced to the quarter finals in 1970).