One of the defining features of the 2014 FIFA World Cup was the unusually high number of shock results it provided. From the Netherlands' annihilation of then-holders Spain to the against all odds progression of the likes of Costa Rica and Chile this summer's showcase event certainly didn't disappoint those who favor the underdog.
For 89 minutes of their second-round game it looked for all the world that Mexico too would add their names to the above list, but, after succumbing to two late goals against the Netherlands they were sent packing in controversial circumstances.
And with the two national sides set to meet again in a friendly Wednesday evening in Holland, El Tri has used social media to let everyone know that they haven't forgotten the actions of Arjen Robben during their Brazil encounter.
The Mexican national team's official Twitter account posted the following message today ahead of their Dutch rematch:
"#NoEraPenal" (English translation, "it wasn't a penalty") became a trending topic in Mexico in the aftermath of their World Cup heartbreak, and it is clear they haven't quite gotten over the antics of Bayern Munich man Arjen Robben whom they accuse of diving to win Netherlands' last-minute penalty.
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Robben, whose penalty claim you can see via this link, is part of the Netherlands squad that take on Mexico tonight and there was no way he was escaping the attention of both the media and Mexico fans in the run up to the game.
As well as the official tweet the flying winger was presented with a No Era Penal jersey by none other than Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov.
Speaking to the media this week Robben laughed of suggestions he dived to win the crucial penalty:
"In the first half there was a clear penalty we didn’t get and the one we did get at the end was also a penalty. People will have to live with that," the former Chelsea man explained.
He did though err on the side of caution when asked whether he would be visiting Mexico anytime soon.
"It might be good to wait a few years , so people calm down and aren’t angry at me.
"But I know that it is a beautiful country and that it’d be great to visit."
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