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World Cup 2014 – Round of 16: Netherlands vs. Mexico

Netherlands vs. Mexico

Netherlands

How did they make it through?
arjen-robben---holland-national-team_26-571The Dutch won all three of their group matches, but it was their opening match against Spain that was the most impressive. Holland came from a goal-down to hammer the reigning World and European champions 5-1 in a spectacular display. With everybody now expecting so much from them, the second match against Australia proved to be a let down. Holland managed to win 3-2 but Australia could have easily have got something from the game. Louis Van Gaal’s men went into their final group match knowing that a win would ensure them top spot in group B and they did not disappoint against the ever resilient Chile, beating the South Americans 2-0.

Players to watch out for:
Holland will be able to call upon Robin Van Persie once again now that the Manchester United striker has served his one-match ban. RVP has looked impressive so far in the tournament and he will definitely be looking to score more goals tonight. The relationship between himself and the manager is excellent and I think that Van Gaal’s influence makes RVP an even better player. He looks sharper than he did all season for Man United and that is a real worry for the Mexicans tonight.

As well as trying to contain Van Persie, the Mexicans will also have to be wary of Arjen Robben. The winger already has three goals to his name in the competition and, much like Van Persie, he has been in brilliant form. The Bayern Munich player’s pace is frightening and he will run at defenders all day long. You just know that if he gets a chance to shoot with his left-foot, it is more than likely going to end up in the back of the net.


Mexico

How did they make it through?
Mexico made it through Group A as runners-up… just as everybody had predicted they would. Their campaign started with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon but in reality it should have been at least 3-0. The unlucky Giovani Dos Santos had two perfectly good goals disallowed by the officials so it is a good job that they managed to get the win. Mexico produced a solid performance in their second match to hold Brazil to a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced some amazing saves to keep the Brazilians out and Mexico had chances of their own to win the match. Mexico finished the group stages with a 3-1 win over Croatia to ensure that they made it through the knock-out stages.

Players to watch out for:
Mexico have strikers that should definitely be taken seriously by the Dutch going into tonight’s match. Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez scored his first goal of the World Cup against Croatia, in what was also his first start of the competition. Hernandez’s confidence will now be high and I have to say that he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. The 26-year-old has a good-scoring record at Old Trafford despite mainly making substitute appearances and he is a decent finisher. The same can be said for Dos Santos, who will be desperate to get a World Cup goal after being screwed by the officials in their opening match. 

Overall prediction – 3-1
Mexico will give Holland a really hard game tonight but I think that the Dutch will be too good for them in the end. Van Gaal has RVP playing at his very best and when he is at his best he can be unstoppable. Add Robben to the mix and you are guarenteed goals and attacking football throughout the match, which I think the Mexicans will not be able to cope with.

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3 comments on “World Cup 2014 – Round of 16: Netherlands vs. Mexico

  1. matthew39richmond
    June 29, 2014

    I agree I have the Dutch to win 2-0. Are you from England?

    • jc12oc
      June 29, 2014

      They do look really strong right now. Van Persie looks so much happier playing under Van Gaal compared to David Moyes!

      Yes i am. Unfortunately when it comes to the World Cup! Another disappointing campaign.

      • matthew39richmond
        June 29, 2014

        I read just now in your About page where you are from. I was disappointed England didn’t do better in their group although they played better than I thought in their first two games and deserved better. Poor Rooney had lots of chances to get at least three goals, but not to be. MANU should do a lot better under Van Gaal. GL with the 2014/15 season.

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