FIFA World Cup: Netherlands defeated Mexico 2 – 1 to reach quarter-finals


unnamed (42)[] – Netherlands staged a remarkable recovery to defeat Mexico 2-1 with last-gasp goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar which sent them through to the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Louis Van Gaal’s side looked to be down and out in the searing heat of Fortaleza after Giovani dos Santos had fired Mexico into a 48th-minute lead and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa continued his heroics as the last line of defence.

But the European nation dragged themselves level in the 88th minute as Sneijder lashed home a venomous strike from the edge of the box. He then went ahead from the penalty spot in added time after Arjen Robben was felled in the box by Mexico captain Rafael Marquez, with substitute Huntelaar calmly sending Ochoa the wrong way.unnamed (44)

Meanwhile in yesterday’s final match, Columbia beat Uruguay 2-0; to face Brazil in Quarter final 1:

James Rodriguez was the star of the show as Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Brazil.

The FC Porto star scored with an outstanding 22-yard volley after 28 minutes of the round-of-16 clash at the Maracana and then swept home a second from close range after five minutes of the second half to take charge of the race for the Golden Boot with five goals.

Uruguay, without the banned Luis Suarez, fought hard in an attempt to find a route back into the game after the break but Colombia and particularly their goalkeeper David Ospina who held firm to book another all South America encounter with hosts Brazil in Fortaleza next Friday.

This World Cup is unlikely to see a better goal than Rodriguez’s first in Rio. Having maneuvered himself into space centrally; he took Abel Aguilar’s pass on his chest 22 yards out and then volleyed a shot left-footed over the fingertips of Fernando Muslera, with the ball bouncing down in off the bar.

The decisive second goal arrived on 50 minutes. Teo Gutierrez started the move on the right before play was spread to Pablo Armero on the opposite flank. His deep cross was headed back and down by Juan Cuadrado to the edge of the six-yard box where Rodriguez was lurking to score once more




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