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The first game of the day! The second day of the knockout! The third second round match! The fourth, er, official is from Ecuador! I’ll stop now, and start the live blog.
The more things change.
1998: Mexico. Round of 16. 1-up against Germany. Hit the post and miss a sitter from the rebound. When Saturday Comes takes up the story: “All around the world millions of people shake their heads knowingly and think ‘Germany are going to win.’ They do.”
The more they stay the same.
And its over. Mexico were the better side until they scored, but the introduction of Huntelaar changed the game with an almost involuntary assist, and a goal, and Mexico go out in the second round for the sixth World Cup in a row.
We are in the fourth of six minutes injury time, but there could be as many as eight, as it took two minutes to take the penalty.
Long delay before the penalty and Guardado gets booked. Huntelaar steps up and sends Ochoa the wrong way, drilling it into the same corner as Sneijder and its 2-1.
Robben jinks into the box, and Marquez lunges for about the fifth time today, and the ref points to the spot.
Penalty to Netherlands
Dutch corner, Huntelaar heads it back to Sneijder on the edge of the 18 yard box, and he slams an absolute howitzer into the bottom left hand corner. Sneijder has been anonymous for almost the whole tournament, and it’s just the second goal Mexico have conceded.
Dutch sub Huntelaar forces another point blank save from Ochoa, but the offside flag is up. Five minutes left.
Arjen Robben makes a great run into the area, but shoots straight at Ochoa.
If the scores stay this way, the bottom half of the draw will have Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, the USA and… Argentina.
Great save by Ochoa onto the post from a point blank range de Vrij.
No less than Mexico deserved, the Netherlands seem to be melting
Kuyt is working as hard as anyone. Not much running in this heat, mind. A shade under 39 degrees at pitch level.
And we have our first goal. Peralta feeds Dos Santos who lets the ball bounce twice, before hitting a superb half-volley from twenty yards. He can run in this heat to celebrate.
Only caught the last few minutes but I presume Dirk Kuyt is working hard…
Glenn Hoddle now claiming a double penalty.
And it’s half time.
The Dutch almost get in, thanks to a Rafael Marquez slip. Van Persie plays in Robben, rather than take on Hector Moreno, but Robben is fouled by Marquez and Moreno leading to Clarke Carlisle appealing for a double penalty, but the referee gives neither.
A lucky ricochet from a misplaced Guardado pass almost lets Dos Santos in, but Cillesen is equal to it. Martins Indi goes in the book for kicking the ball, with a prone Dos Santos in the way.
Fabio Cannavarro has gone native – on Ron Vlaar’s boot into Herrera’s face: “Dangerous, but he got the ball”. Martin O’Neill calls it reckless, which is the word FIFA use when describe challenges that should be sending off offences.
All very slow, and patient. Understandable given the temperature, but the fans are getting restless. The referee has called a cooling break.
Cillesen goes walkies again, and Hererra knocks down a long ball that wrong foots him. Herrera tries to head the ball into an open net, but De Vrij and Vlaar both boot the ball away from the vicinity of Herrera’s face. Vlaar catching ball and face, but the referee sees nothing wrong.
First clear chance of the game. A pull back from Dos Santos to Oribe Peralta in the area lands just wrong for him, so he plays it to Hector Herrera who turns Martins Indi inside out, but drags his shot just wide of the post.
Miguel Layun makes a great run, hitting the byline, and crossing across the face of goal. Giovani Dos Santos almost gets there, but not quite.
I can’t be the only one who hasn’t got used to referees wearing Sky Blue. One can understand referees like Howard Webb wearing his favourite red colour, but Sky Blue?
And Nigel de Jong is already OFF! Presumably injured, although we haven’t seen any reason. Substituted by Bruno Martins Indi.
Hello. Seven minutes in, and the sides are still feeling each other out. The only notable thing so far is that Jasper Cillesen had rushed out of goal to make a clearance, only to make a pigs arse of a clearance. Thankfully for the Oranje, a defender cleared up.