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Holland sneak into the World Cup Quarter-Finals

Holland have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but they left it very,very late to dispose of Mexico.

Giovani Dos Santos gave the Mexicans the lead three minutes into the second-half with a long-range strike and it was looking like they were finally about to make it beyond the last-16 stage for the first time in 28 years.

Hunterlaar celebrates in spectacular fashion

Hunterlaar celebrates in spectacular fashion

Sadly for them though it was not to be. With ONLY two minutes remaining, the Dutch equalised when Wesley Sneijder smashed the ball into the back of the net after being set-up by Klaas Jan Hunterlaar’s knock-back.

The Dutch continued to attack the visibly shell-shocked Mexicans and they were rewarded midway through added-time when Arjen Robben was brought down in the box by Rafael Marquez.

Hunterlaar stepped up and sent the Mexican goalkeeper the wrong way and send the Orange Army in the stadium into party mode.

It was the second time in as many days that the battling underdog had come moments away from beating a major footballing nation and just like Chile, you have to feel sorry for Mexico.

They were on top for most of the game and the Dutch looked like they were really struggling at both ends of the field.

Their three-man defence were caught out on various occasions by the long-diagonal balls, with Ron Vlaar often left having to take on the Mexican attackers one-on-one.

Sneijder lashes the ball into the back of the net

Sneijder lashes the ball into the back of the net

Meanwhile going forward the Mexicans seemed to have them covered, with Robin Van Persie and Robben becoming more and more frustrated.

Some moments of the game felt very similar to the Holland and Australia match, where the Australians constantly found themselves outplayed the Dutch.

It is clear to me that Holland prefer playing the bigger nations, who will go on the attack against them rather than siting back and defending. This will suit Holland when it comes to the semi-finals.

To get to that stage Holland will have to beat either Costa Rica or Greece in the quarter-finals and if you are going with my theory that they prefer playing attacking teams, they will be hoping that Costa Rica are their opposition.

What are your thoughts on Holland’s performance today? 

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One comment on “Holland sneak into the World Cup Quarter-Finals

  1. Pingback: Costa Rica in Q-Finals | Reds Hope Weekly

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