Hello everyone, and welcome back for another day of football. Here, I will be updating this blog feed live as the match unfolds, and will also use BBC Sport to copy over any quotes made by football commentators, my own thoughts based on today’s match and also the pictures that are put up on the BBC Sport website.
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico
…and we have kick off, let’s hope that this match has a better start to the day while the rest of today progresses.
Ben Smith (BBC Sport in Fortaleza): “Noticeable that as soon as the anthems were over, all of the Dutch players were straight over to get to their drinks. Hard to describe the heat inside this stadium. It hits you like a wall as soon as you walk out into it and it will certainly be a major factor this afternoon.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera is enjoying himself in Brazil and creates another half-chance for his side. The Porto man wriggles out of a tight spot with a neat turn and close control, setting up another attacking move which ends in Miguel Layun again failing to hit the target.”
Former Scotland International Pat Nevin: “I once played against Mexico at the Aztec Stadium and the temperature was in the mid-20s and they just don’t seem to feel the heat at all. We were feeling it after 20 minutes.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Heart in mouth moment for Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen. He races out of his goalmouth, unconvincingly slicing clear as Mexico’s Oruibe Peralta charges towards him. Could have ended in tears.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Big blow for the Dutch. Combative midfielder Nigel de Jong is forced off with an injury. He is replaced by Bruno Martins Indi – a man who also isn’t adverse to a thumping challenge. Even on his own team-mate…“
Pat Nevin: “It is a stick on for Daley Blind to go in centre of midfield. Blind asks if he can go in there and his coach looks at him to say ‘obviously’.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Ron Vlaar is a no-nonsense character. Which is unsurprising for a man nicknamed ‘Roncrete’. And, as if to justify his reputation, the Aston Villa man thumps a ball clear into the stands to blunt a Mexico attack. Have it! Miguel Layun is rapid. He steams past Netherlands right-back Paul Verhaegh as if he is stuck in a pool of tar. The Mexican whips a delicious cross down the corridor of uncertainty between the Dutch keeper and his defence, but it is just an inch away from the toe of Giovani Dos Santos. Best opening so far.”
Pat Nevin: “The Dutch defence is playing a really high line and that is playing into Mexico striker Oribe Peralta‘s hands. He loves playing in those areas. He has the pace to get in behind and that will worry the Netherlands because if someone can pick his run out, the defence won’t catch him.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Talking of pace….Arjen Robben comes to the party. The Dutch flyer skips past one Mexican defender, then another, but can’t get his cross past the bulky chest of skipper Rafael Marquez.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Another decent opening for the Mexicans – they are looking red hot in the Fortaleza sunshine. Hector Herrera sends a low shot skittling past the left-hand post after Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta dilly-dallied in the Dutch box.”
Pat Nevin: “Without suggesting they are taking over completely, Mexico are the better team at the moment. They did not panic then, they held up, played little passes inside the area and it shows they have great confidence in their ability.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “After Robin van Persie whistles a low cross across the face of the Mexican goal, the North Americans go on the attack again. Hector Herrera makes the Dutch defence think again, haring between Ron Vlaar and Stefan De Vrij, who eventually combine to snuff out the danger. Herrera gets the leather of Vlaar’s right boot in his face for good measure.”
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Si’s Insights: Daley Blind might be wasted in the middle. His deliveries from the flank are very handy.
Clyphtone Kerlon: Ron Vlaar. Looking suspect already.
Raghu: Dutch look very nervous. Mexico look dangerous and they surely cannot afford to miss more chances.
Ben Smith: “Mexico look far more comfortable with the conditions here at Estadio Castelao. There have started with a real zip in their passing, Hector Herrera has been a handful and Miguel Layun has also caused the Dutch problems. It might be more than 30 degrees down there but Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is not taking his jacket off. Imagine he might have a slightly sweaty back.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Mexico defender Carlos Salcido – formerly of Fulham fame – takes a pot-shot from distance, unleashing a long-range effort which Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen fumbles wide. Can’t remember Salcido smashing many of those in down the Cottage….Another injury concern for Dutch boss Louis van Gaal. The soon-to-be Manchester United manager looks concerned as Georginio Wijnaldum trots over to the touchline. The midfielder gets a face full of magic sponge and that does the trick.”
APOLOGIES FOR THE LONG DELAY, I’VE JUST HAD SOMETHING TO EAT FOR DINNER, NOT TO WORRY HOWEVER, I WILL CONTINUE TO BLOG ABOUT THE REST OF THE SECOND HALF WHILE IT UNFOLDS.
Jonathan Jurejko: “Ooof! Mexico sting the palms of Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen again. North American player of the year Oribe Peralta goes close with a drive. Change for the Dutch as Louis van Gaal makes a tactical tweak. Walking in, Memphis Depay – who scored twice in the group stage. Off goes Paul Verhaegh, with Dirk Kuyt going to right-back. Seriously. This match has caught fire. One thing you don’t do is let Arjen Robben cut in from the right. But the Mexicans do and he tees up Wesley Sneijder, who slips as his shot is deflected wide. Change for Mexico as they aim to stifle the revitalised Dutch. Goalscorer Giovani Dos Santos is replaced by Villarreal team-mate Javier Aquino. Forward off, midfielder on. That tells you everything you need to know.”
Gary Lineker (BBC Sport): “What a tournament Guillermo Ochoa is having. Denied Brazil, defied belief with that save with his nut.”
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Donald Oluoch: Guillermo Ochoa has just proved that the point-blank saves against Brazil were not a fluke. Brilliant save.
Tom Miszkowski: Don’t think Ochoa knew a great deal about that one, great reaction save nonetheless.
Jonathan Jurejko: Still Mexico allow Arjen Robben to drift in from the right flank. Crazy. This time, the Dutch flyer pings a cross into the danger zone and it just misses the bald bonce of Wesley Sneijder by a matter of inches.”
Pat Nevin: “The Netherlands will start pushing players forward and naturally Mexico will fall back a bit but they have made a change that will slightly help the defence as well.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Rafael Marquez is rolling back the years. The Mexico skipper cuts out a Dutch throughball before elegantly breaking out of defence like a modern-day Bobby Moore. Class. That sets up a Mexican counter which ends with Oribe Peralta sticking the ball in to the back of the net. Unfortunately for him the offside flag had been raised about 20 seconds earlier.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “First booking of the afternoon and it is a costly one. Mexico defender Paul Aguilar scythes through the back of Memphis Depay to rule himself out of the quarter-final – should his team get there, of course.”
Pat Nevin: “I am just looking at the change the Mexico coach made, and I think I under-sold him a bit because it is a really clever change. Javier Aquino I see as a winger but he has been brought on to sit right in front of Memphis Depay and make sure he does not get the ball.”
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Gordon Hayward: Mexico seem to be dropping deep. This match is not over yet.
David McNaught: Hope Dirk Kuyt has sun block! Poor lad, out on the left in the sun first half, now moved from the shade back to the sun!
Jonathan Jurejko: “How the Dutch need Robben or Robin to bag one now….After that period of Dutch dominance, Mexico appear to have ridden out the storm. Ah, I’ve spoke too soon. Arjen Robben sprints clear again, hurdling over Rafeal Marquez’s flailing challenge, only to be denied by Guillermo Ochoa.”
Pat Nevin: “Brilliant goalkeeping by Guillermo Ochoa. He tried to close down the space. Ninety nine times out of 100 Arjen Robben goes down under that kind of challenge but Ochoa gets out there and saves with his feet.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Plenty of Manchester United interest in a pair of substitutions. Mexico introduce Javier Hernandez, who could land himself in the bad books with new Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal if he bags. Then, Robin van Persie is rather surprisingly hooked in favour of Klass-Jan Huntelaar. Huge call from Van Gaal.”
Jonathan Jurejko: “*Cooling break alert* These should definitely be announced with the help of a rugby league-style hooter. Both sets of players have a chance to stock up on the H2O for the second time today. Who will benefit more from that break? I reckon Mexico.”
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Patric Juillet: The Dutch will stick one in and this match will end up like Brazil v Chile yesterday. Mexico to go through.
Raffiyel: How Croatia got one past Guilllermo Ochoa we’ll never know.
Jonathan Jurejko: “And Mexico do almost benefit. Carlos Salcido catches the tiring Dutch defence napping and fires a rasper just wide of the goal. Ten minutes for Mexico to hold out. Ten minutes for the Dutch to rescue something. Anything will do – including one off Ron Vlaar’s backside. The Netherlands are looking short of ideas already. Stefan De Vrij lumps one forward before Bruno Martins Indi does the same. But that is meat and drink for Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez. He nods concrete bricks away for fun. Probably.”
LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO GO, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THE NETHERLANDS EQUALISE WITH MEXICO, OR IF MEXICO GET A 0-2 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST THE NETHERLANDS.
I’VE KIND OF PREDICTED AN EQUALISER THERE, AND IT’S HAPPENED, WESLEY SNEIJDER JUST SCORED FOR THE NETHERLANDS WITH A 1-1 GOAL STRIKE AGAINST MEXICO (88′).
Pat Nevin: “Heartbreaking for the Mexicans but they have been pushed further and further back. Interestingly it came from route one. Most players would sky that over the crossbar, but not Wesley Sneijder. He kept his head down and smacked it into the back of the net. How must the Mexicans feel now?”
Jonathan Jurejko: “Still the Dutch press. There appears to be only one winner, if we get one, as we head into six minutes of stoppage-time. Arjen Robben jinks dangerously in the Mexican box. He skips one challenge but doesn’t need another invite to go down. Rafael Marquez the culprit. Penalty and yellow card. Up steps Klaas-Jan Huntelaar….”
THE NETHERLANDS HAVE BROKEN OUT OF THE EQUALISER WITH A GOAL STRIKE OF 2-1 AGAINST MEXICO (KLASS-JAN HUNTELAAR – 90+4).
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Gudtin: Arjen Robben has been looking for that all day and Mexico gave it away at the last minute!
Mark: Wow! That was a bad time to go make a sandwich!
Jonathan Jurejko: “Two minutes for Mexico to salvage something. They can’t surely. Can they? Javier Aquino blasts wide.”
Pat Nevin: “Doesn’t matter how you do it. You get the job done and that is what Louis van Gaal has done. It is fantastic that they have managed to push Mexico back. How does this work? They are supposed to wilt in these conditions but they have utterly dominated the second half and even when they conceded the equaliser they did not stop. Fair play. What an extraordinary World Cup.”
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