Sunday, June 29, 2014

Netherlands 2 - Mexico 1

CONCACAF Thunder was halted, for a moment.

Leading 1-0 heading into the 89th minute, the Mexican National Team was sent packing by a determined Netherlands.

Wesley Sneider brought the game level at 1-1 in the 88th minute and then six minutes of stoppage time were shown by the fourth official.

Rafael Marquez was judged by the ref to have brought down Arjen Robben in the box in the 90+4th minute, giving the Netherlands a penalty. Klas Jan Huntelaar stepped up to the penalty spot and converted the attempt, destroying Mexico's opportunity to continue to surprise in the tournament.

Mexico had pulled ahead of the Netherlands in the 48th minute on a pretty goal by Giovanni Dos Santos, who had been strong through the group stage of the World Cup.

NSC Man of the Match: Miguel Herrera, who nearly orchestrated yet another upset.


dikranovich said...

Credit to the Dutch. Mexico had them on the ropes and it was really all over but the crying. Now they live to fight another day.

This game did represent a blueprint for playing Belgium. It looks like one of the keys might be two forwards.

The 5-3-2 really is a 3-5-2 , sort of like the 4-3-3 is the 4-5-1 on offense.

Joe Bailey said...

I hope JK employs 5-3-2. Although the Dutch switched back to their 4-3-3, I think two forwards help the US play a lot better.