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Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Match review

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Holland made it through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup with an impressive comeback victory over a strong Mexico squad with two late goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klass-Jan Huntelaar.

The first half of the match was somewhat quiet with both sides not testing each other. Holland should have been awarded a penalty when Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was fouled twice in the penalty box but the referee ordered play on.

Chances from Hector Herrera and Giovani Dos Santos couldn't break the deadlock. Then in the 48th minute Mexico took the lead through Dos Santos. The former Barcelona and Tottenham striker pounced on a poor clearance and shot from 25 yards to beat the Dutch keeper with a fantastic shot to make it 1-0.

As the minutes ticked on, it was starting to look as if Holland were going to be crashing out of the World Cup. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was repeating his form incredible against Brazil with save after save after save.

But, in the 88th minute Mexico's luck ran out. A Huntelaar header found its way to Sneijder who was lurking outside the penalty box and the Galatasaray midfielder fired in a low and vicious volley past Ochoa to put the Dutch back in the game.

In the dying minutes of injury time Robben was brought down in the box by the Mexican captain Rafael Marquez.

Schalke striker Huntelaar stepped up to the spot and sent Ochoa the wrong and perfectly placed the ball in the bottom left of the goal to send Holland to the quarter-finals of the World Cup where Louis van Gaal's men will face either Costa Rica.

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