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Huntelaar's late penalty gives Dutch 2-1 win

BY MIKE CORDER
ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) -- Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Wesley Sneijder scored late goals Sunday to give the Netherlands a 2-1 victory over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Huntelaar, who came on as a 76th-minute substitute, scored the winning goal from the penalty spot deep in injury time after Rafael Marquez brought down Arjen Robben in the area.




"You don't know when your chance will come, but it was today, and so you grab it with both hands," said Huntelaar, who was making his first appearance at this year's World Cup. "And it was fantastic."

Giovani Dos Santos gave the Mexicans the lead in the 48th minute, but Sneijder equalized for the Dutch in the 88th.

It was the first time Sneijder, who scored five goals at the last World Cup in South Africa, has found the net in Brazil.

Robben has already scored three goals for the Dutch at this year's tournament, but after earning the late penalty, he handed the ball to Huntelaar.

"Klaas is a great penalty taker. He was fresh, had just come on and I had faith in him," Robben said. "I asked him if he wanted to take it and he was very sure of himself."

Huntelaar and Sneijder scored the goals at the hot and steamy Arena Castelao, but it was Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal that may just deserve the credit for making a crucial tactical change during the second of two official cooling breaks.

As he did earlier against Australia, the master tactician again switched his team around in the second half, changing from the more defensive 5-3-2 system to the traditional Dutch attacking 4-3-3 formation.

"Yes, we escaped," Van Gaal said. "But we showed that we could create more chances with 4-3-3, and the players handled this shift very well."

Van Gaal said he made his critical switch during the second-half break, huddling with his players as they drank from bottles on the sideline.

"I moved to `Plan B' at the cooling break after (Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo) Ochoa made an amazing save," said Van Gaal, soon to be the manager at Manchester United. "That is a good way to take advantage of those breaks."

Ochoa had kept his team in the match with two great saves in the second half, but he was beaten by Sneijder's powerful drive and guessed wrong when diving in an attempt to stop Huntelaar's penalty.

The Mexicans had conceded only one goal in three group matches and looked like they would keep another clean sheet until the late collapse.

It was heartbreak again for Mexico, which has now reached the second stage of the World Cup six straight times without winning. The last time the team made the quarterfinals was when it hosted the tournament in 1986.

After the final whistle, the Mexican players collapsed, distraught on the turf while many of their fans were in tears.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera blamed the referee for the loss, saying Robben dived to earn the penalty.

"Today it was the man with the whistle who eliminated us from the World Cup," Herrera said.

"If a referee invents a penalty, you're out of the World Cup," Herrera added. "I hope they have a look at what happened and that this gentleman goes home just like we are."

It was the fourth straight win for the Netherlands at the World Cup after routing defending champion Spain 5-1 and beating Australia 3-2 and Chile 2-0 in Group B.

The Dutch will next face either Costa Rica or Greece in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Salvador.

"Unbelievable," Robben said. "Five minutes from full time, we were out."

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romerousa June 29 2014 at 4:56 PM

I'm so glad Mexico lost. I hate that crooked corrupt country! They send their people over in rows, but when an American soldier accidently crossed over to Mexico, they locked him up. So, screw Mexico!!!

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robert2038 June 29 2014 at 4:43 PM

Good, go home and eat your Taco's.

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HelloReyeslaw robert2038 June 29 2014 at 6:56 PM

I got some sausage for you don't worry! Jejejejejeje..................

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ashwlkrysbu robert2038 June 29 2014 at 7:38 PM

Tacos*

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esourcekn June 29 2014 at 4:18 PM

It was the the third penalty by Mexico and only the 1st one called. The best team won.

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wtrfrd esourcekn June 29 2014 at 5:29 PM

kingofjamul was robbed someone give him back a brain.... a tiny one is fine no room for anything larger

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MANUELITO esourcekn June 29 2014 at 6:01 PM

Yes.

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ram4131 June 29 2014 at 4:57 PM

Uh oh....Mexico is out of the World Cup......guess they will be coming home to America soon.

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kb June 29 2014 at 5:05 PM

1.-Mexican player got on the dutch's way that is more than enough reason to get the call.
2.- Glad Mexico lost,a couple of days ago the won a game, and the celebration end on arrest + city damages,We have to pay for police to babysit this idiots. AMERICANS go to a bar get some drinks and celebrate , American don't go out on the streets to destroy private property, Mexicans don't have respect for this country.
GLAD to see Mexico go home.

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alatlasa5 kb June 29 2014 at 5:26 PM

I also don't like Mexican cheaters esp. in boxing but you seem not to consider Boston and L.A as part of the country. Try to be there in celebrations.

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Randy June 29 2014 at 4:26 PM

And in related news... the grass grew a sixteenth of an inch resulting in cheers from the soccer fans used to watching nothing happen - word is three hundred of the die hard soccer fans passed out from the excitement of the huge growth spurt.

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jdlyon1948 June 29 2014 at 4:19 PM

The Mexican player deliberately stepped on the Dutch guy's foot to stop him from getting to the ball. That's a foul.

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alatlasa5 jdlyon1948 June 29 2014 at 5:39 PM

Reminds me of Mexican pugs on their dirty tactics of stepping on their foes toes.

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twisted8138 alatlasa5 June 29 2014 at 10:23 PM

Reminds me of the movie "Kung Fu Hustle" when they guy steps on everyone's feet and crushes them lollol

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rickskbc2112 June 29 2014 at 10:30 PM

Good goodbye to the racist Mexican's shouting racial slurs and homophobic slurs at opponents. Goodbye to one of the worst human rights countries in the world. Karma to a country for the millions of Central American immigrants who have been killed, raped, and slaughtered and keep quiet by a liberal media. With 1% of the country actually being indigenous, the Mexican's have not strayed far from their Spanish/White conquistador roots. Shame on them and they got what they deserved.

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lgvxl42 rickskbc2112 June 29 2014 at 10:51 PM

Blah! Blah! Blah! The referee won the game for the lesser of the two teams. Save your carping & whining for some elitist left leaning socialists.

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Richard June 29 2014 at 5:02 PM

Now Mexico can get back to more important things like helping people sneak across the US border.

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jdsept Richard June 29 2014 at 7:23 PM

really? You must have missed the riots in Detroit and Denver won the Stanley Cup. Hockey the white sport. The riots in Lexington when Kentucky won the NCAA. The riots in Boston after the Red Sox won the series and the police shot and killed a girl?

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John jdsept June 30 2014 at 8:07 AM

What has that got to do with helping Mexicans crossing the border illegally ??
Do you know how many Americans have been murdered by illegals in our nation since 2001 ? More than have died in Iraq, Afghanistan and on 9/11 COMBINED ! Not to mention the number than have been Raped, Molested, Assaulted and Robbed .
You made a good point about Detroit, Denver and Boston, we don`t need to import more animals into our nation .

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rude June 29 2014 at 4:28 PM

Good. Is it over yet?? Can it be??

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Hiker326 rude June 29 2014 at 5:20 PM

Says the genius who still clicked on the article to read.

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