Michael Steele

Mexico vs. Netherlands, 2014 World Cup: Late penalty a heartbreaker for El Tri

Mexico went into the 88th minute with a lead over the Netherlands. They lost 2-1 in regulation.

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Robben admits diving during Mexico game

Netherlands star Arjen Robben denies that the injury-time spot kick he won against Mexico was a dive, but has admitted that at least one other penalty claim was.

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Mexico's flaws finally catch up to them

El Tri suffered heartbreak against the Netherlands, but they can be proud of how far they came and how well they performed in the face of bad luck and injuries.

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Héctor Moreno suffers broken leg

The central defender was stretched off late in the first half after a hard tackle on Arjen Robben.

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Netherlands eliminate Mexico in stoppage time

The Netherlands agonizingly eliminated Mexico and progressed into the World Cup quarterfinals courtesy a stoppage time penalty.

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Arjen Robben dives to put Netherlands ahead

Three things are certain in live: Death, taxes and Arjen Robben diving.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored from the penalty spot after Robben won a penalty for this, putting the Netherlands 2-1 up on Mexico in stoppage time.

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Sneijder makes it 1-1

Mexico have defended well and been the better team than the Netherlands for most of their match, but they switched off on an 88th minute corner kick, and Wesley Sneijder has made them pay.

How do you leave Sneijder that open? It's 1-1, and we look to be headed for extra time.

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Memo saves Mexico again

Is this guy for real?

After pulling off some incredible heroics against Brazil and keeping Croatia scoreless until his team had three goals, 'Memo' Guillermo Ochoa is at it again, this time robbing the Netherlands. He's looking like a lock for the tournament's best XI at the moment.

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Gio makes it 1-0 Mexico

Mexico have had more scoring chances than the Netherlands in this game and have looked like the more likely team to score for a while. A goal seemed inevitable, but no one expected it to come this early in the second half, nor for it to be this good.

Take it away, Giovani dos Santos.

That's a pretty great strike. Yes, below-average goalkeeping, but still a really awesome goal by Gio and a great way to start the half for Mexico.

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Mexico's Hector Moreno injured

Mexico are already down key defensive midfielder Jose Vazquez due to suspension, and now they're without one of their key defenders too. At the end of the first half against the Netherlands, Hector Moreno was involved in a tangle with Arjen Robben and teammate Rafael Marquez, and has been replaced by Diego Reyes.

It's not clear what Moreno's injury is, except that it's something to his lower body that made it impossible for him to leave the pitch under his own power. Moreno appeared to grab the lower part of his left leg after a challenge on Robben. He was sitting up and responsive, but obviously needed some help coming off.

While Reyes has played both the left and right central defense spots for Mexico, he's practiced more on the right than the left. Coming in for Moreno, he'll be occupying the left central defense position. The 21-year-old has been thought of as a star of the future for Mexico, but he's not in the starting lineup for a reason -- veteran 'Maza' Francisco Rodriguez, despite all his deficiencies and poor club form, has outperformed him over the last couple of months.

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Is this a penalty?

Arjen Robben thought he'd won a penalty at the end of the first half of the Netherlands' round of 16 clash with Mexico, but the referee asked him to get up at the end of this challenge with Rafa Marquez and Hector Moreno.

It's tough to tell if the ball gets picked off Robben's feet before or after any contact and to what degree, if at all, Robben embellished the contact he received. Do you think this is a penalty?

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Watch a silver man guzzle water seductively

The coolest cooling break.

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This game in summary

There are just random bodies everywhere

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De Jong off injured

The Netherlands are down another star after just eight minutes of action. Nigel De Jong has been substituted out, with Bruno Martins Indi replacing him.

It's not entirely clear what De Jong's injury is. He didn't have any kind of high-impact incident, wasn't noticeably limping and wasn't reported to be dealing with an injury coming into the match. He exited under his own power.

The change is an odd one because Martins Indi was thought to be left out of the starting XI due to an injury. He was playing well for the Netherlands before sustaining a head injury in their second game. Because the starting lineup featured Daley Blind out of position at left central defense and Dirk Kuyt out of position at left wingback, most assumed that Martins Indi was not fit enough to play.

There's no truly natural replacement for De Jong in the Netherlands team. With this substitution, Martins Indi will take over Blind's position in defense and Blind will move into De Jong's defensive midfield role.

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Netherlands vs. Mexico: Lineups

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has made some surprise inclusions for his side's World Cup knockout clash with Mexico.

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Netherlands expected to eliminate Mexico

The Netherlands have been excellent at the World Cup so far and should be able to end Mexico's run on Sunday.

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