Netherlands & Colombia both into the Quarter Final
by Nick D
Jun 29, 2014 1:59 PM EDT
Mexico faced off against the Netherlands in their Round of 16 match. Mexico have been playing very well and did also manage to hold Brazil off in their group game too. The Netherlands also were coming into this game with some strong form after they finished top in their Group. So once again were in for another great match from one of the most entertaining World Cups so far.
The match was a strongly fought game in the midfield as Mexico pressed high up the pitch and kept the Netherlands mainly in their own half and the centre of the pitch. As the game wore it was Mexico that started to look the more likely to score. Peralta was lurking forward and almost had an assist early on as he picked out Herrera near the top of the box, but the strike would go wide of the post. The Netherlands were then dealt a blow as De Jong was forced to come off due to an injury after only 10 minutes of play. Next Mexico felt like they should have had a penalty awarded after a high boot by Vlaar wasn't punished. Salcido would also try his luck as he tried to catch the keeper off guard with a strike from distance. Though Cillessen had a nervy start, he was there to fist it clear. Though Mexico were in control of the game they needed to be careful not to get caught out by the pace of Van Persie and Robben. They Dutch didn't really threaten the Mexican goal with only Van Persie catching the Central Americans on the break but as he made his way down the right side of the box his shot was blasted into the side netting. Then due to the extreme weather conditions there was a 3 minute drinks break on the half hour mark. The match continued on and just before the halftime break the Netherlands almost capitalised on a defensive error. A bad pass made Marquez stretch but it would fall to Van Persie who broke free from the centre of the pitch towards goal. Though the defence scrambled back well and forced the shot wide of the mark. 0-0 at halftime and the Dutch needed to regroup, while Van Gaal needed to revisit his tactics and find a way to get his team back into this game.
Miguel Herrera has done well with the limited time spent with the team to lead them into the knockout round
The second half was a dream for Mexico as Dos Santos would fire the Mexican crowd into a frenzy as he opened the scoring in the 48th minute. Netherlands failed to clear the ball and it was headed to Dos Santos who was at the top of the box just outside the D. He took a touch and managed to create an inch of space as the defender was marking him closely. He managed to get strong contact onto the ball and watched it power into the bottom right corner. 1-0 and Mexico with a well deserved lead after their first half efforts.
Giovani Dos Santos fires the Mexicans into the lead with a great strike from distance
The Dutch then started to finally push forward and knowing that they were 40 minutes away from their World Cup dreams being shattered. The corner was whipped in from the right side and the ball headed towards the centre of the 6 yard box. Ochoa stayed on his line as Kuyt missed the header. The ball though fell to the running De Vrij who caught it on the full volley. The ball though would strike Ochoa and then onto the inside of the post but rebound out. The Dutch couldn't believe they were not on level terms. Robben next pressed forward and made some space near the top of the box, but his shot was wide. Sneijder then had a great chance as he tried to blast a shot from the top of the box too. Though some desperate defending by Marquez and Rodriguez blocked the shot and the touch was enough to see the ball go over the crossbar. The Dutch pressed on as Mexico were now being pushed back into their defensive half and needed to absorb the pressure from the Dutch, who have scored the most goals of any teams so far. Robben once again was the most dangerous for the Dutch as he once again would have a great chance to level the score. Though Ochoa was there to rescue the Mexicans as he cut the angle down and Robben's shot would be blocked by the keeper. Drinks break once again and Netherlands with only 15 minutes left to salvage something from this match.
Arjen Robben was threatening but his team were still down a goal and running out of time
The game pressed on and the Dutch knew it was now or never. The Mexicans did well for the first few minutes as they held possession well and kept the Dutch from advancing. Van Persie was subbed off, as his fitness was a concern, and Huntelaar was brought on, as the Dutch needed to find a goal to at least send this match into extra time. Ochoa was once again called into action this time after Robben's cross was flicked on to Huntelaar. Though he was called offside, Ochoa still did well to block the shot from close range. 5 minutes left for the Dutch as the crowd echoed chants of Mexico throughout the stadium. Then in the dying minutes Wesley Sneijder would break the hearts of the Mexicans as he thundered a low driven shot into the back of the net. As the Dutch pressured the Mexicans they would win a corner. Robben curled in a high ball towards the back post where Huntelaar headed the ball back to the top of the box. Sneijder was left open and he would make no mistakes as the ball found the bottom left corner.
Huntelaar stepped up and the young substitute would make no mistakes as he sent the keeper the wrong way and Netherlands advance into the Quarter Finals with a 2-1 win and yet another great match from the World Cup.
Sneijder sends the Dutch fans into a frenzy as he equalises and then Robben earns a penalty deep in injury time
Colombia have made it into the Quarter finals and continued their dream run with a big win over Uruguay. After all the controversy with Suarez, Uruhuay knew they now needed to step up and show the world they were a winning team without Suarez. The match kicked off to a thunderous roar by the crowd as both teams were well represented by their fans. Though it was Colombia that would take the game after two great finishes by James Rodriguez were enough to he his side through to the Quarter finals. The first goal was absolutely sensational by the youngster. The ball was bounced around off a few heads about 30 yards out. As Uruguay tried to clear the danger the ball would fall to Rodriguez who chested the ball down and then struck it on the full volley with his left boot and it thundered into the top left corner to give Colombia the lead. Rodriguez would score his second in the second half and the brace was enough to see Colombia through to the Quarter Finals.
James Rodriguez would score the goal of the tournament so far with his brilliant volley against Uruguay