FIFA World Cup: Netherlands Stun Mexico, Enter Quarters
Klass- Jan Huntellar's extra time kick from the spot helped Netherlands beat Mexico 2-1 in what was an enthralling last 16 game at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
It was all square till Rafael Marquez 's reckless challenge on Arjen Robben gave Netherlands the much needed opening.
Netherlands will face either Greece or Costa Rica in the quarter-final.(All images AP)
Klass- Jan Huntelaar's penalty kick in injury time helped Netherlands beat Mexico 2-1 in what was an enthralling knockout clash at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
Mexico led 1-0 till the final few minutes as the Dutch accelerated and swung the match their way.(All images AP)
Mexican fans were celebrating for most parts of the match.
While the match had started with both sides in a close battle for the ball, Giovani dos Santos gave Mexico the lead in the 48th minute.
The Dutch were left shell-shocked as in the first half, the team led by Arjen Robben had created several chances without much success. They now found themselves trailing.
The Dutch fans kept their faith and continued with their loud support.
Back from suspension, Robin Van Persie gave some hope to his side.
The desperation though peaked in the final few minutes.
Veteran Wesley Sniedjer answered Dutch prayers though when he slammed the equaliser with epic force.
Mexico then conceded a penalty in the injury time when Arjen Robben was fouled by Mexican captain Rafael Marquez.
This proved to be the biggest twist in the game.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar did not make any mistake as he slammed the ball in to give his side an epic win.