Netherlands vs Mexico
World Cup second round
Saturday 29th June, 1700 BST, Fortaleza
As Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands prepare themselves for the test of facing Mexico in the second round of the World Cup, Chris Ellis takes a look at where the game is likely to be decided.
Road to the Second Round
Netherlands took control of Group B with a devastating 5-1 defeat of defending champions Spain in their opening game before somewhat stumbling passed a resistant Australia to secure qualification. Victory over Chile in their final game saw Van Gaal’s team top the group with a maximum nine points from their three games.
Mexico started their campaign off with a comfortable opening win against Cameroon was followed by a dogged 0-0 draw against host nation Brazil leaving it all to play for going into the final round of fixtures. An emphatic 4-1 win over Croatia secured second place in Group A with Brazil finishing top on goal difference.
The two sides have met once previously in the World Cup back in 2010 with Mexico staging a late comeback to draw 2-2 in the group stage.
Netherlands are undefeated in their last four meetings with Mexico, claiming three victories in the process. The last meeting between the two sides came in 2010 in a warm up game for the World Cup in which Netherlands took the spoils 2-1 with two Robin van Persie strikes.
03 de Vrij
08 de Guzmán
06 de Jong
09 van Persie
10 dos Santos
Match facts from Opta
• Mexico have exited the last five World Cup finals at the second round stage.
• Holland have won nine of their last 10 World Cup matches.
• Mexico have scored in every one of their last 11 World Cup matches against European nations.
• Arjen Robben has scored eight goals in his last nine appearances for Netherlands.
• Robin van Persie has scored 21 goals in his last 25 appearances for Netherlands.
Netherlands look favourites for this tie on paper and with the attacking potency of Van Persie and Arjen Robben it’s hard to bet against them progressing to the quarter-finals.
But Mexico showed in their draw with Brazil that they will be no pushovers whilst their demolition of Croatia outlined their attacking capabilities.
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