Netherlands have to be wary of Mexico

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Arguably the most impressive team in the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil were the Netherlands.

Heading into the tournament in a group containing world champions Spain, a highly-rated Chilean side, and Australia, many expected the Dutch would face a difficult task to even progress to the second round.

Inspired Robben

By the time Louis van Gaal's side got to what would have been expected as the shootout for the last-16 match with Chile, however, they were already through - as were the South Americans.

For the men in orange had already followed up their thrashing of Spain in their opening match with a nervy 3-2 win over Australia, meaning the match with the Chileans was a fight for top spot.

Again inspired by forward, Arjen Robben, the Dutch won 2-0 and made it through to the last-16. They will play Mexico on Sunday in what should be an enthralling match.

Mexico have to shut out Dutch stars

Even though they won all their group games the Dutch have to be wary of the threat posed by Miguel Herrera's side.

El Tricolor played very well to finish unbeaten in Group A, losing out on top spot only on goal difference to Brazil.

To beat Holland, though, they must nullify the threat posed by both Robben, and Robin van Persie. The two have scored six goals between them and are certainly the main men for the European side.

Mexican experience

But in Rafael Marquez, the Mexicans have a leader and a defender who can inspire his team to the win. The 35-year-old scored for the third successive World Cup when he netted against Croatia last time out. His main aim will be stopping Van Persie though, if he can, then Mexico will be one step closer to the quarter-finals.

At the other end, Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos can both cause problems to the Dutch defence, and with their midfield controlling possession, the two should get chances.

Whoever wins, it should be one cracking last-16 match.

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