Although the Netherlands weren’t at their best, they managed to produce a very late comeback to book a place in the quarter finals of the World Cup. Mexico created a majority of chances, controlling the attack in the first half, but Louis van Gaal’s side took over as the game drew closer to the final whistle.
Giovani dos Santos scored a brilliant volley in the 48th to give the Mexicans the lead as Guillermo Ochoa was once again at his best, stopping waves and waves of opponent attacks.
Wesley Sneijder finally equalized at the 88th minute mark slotting home a powerful volley before Dutch star Arjen Robben was bought down in the box by Rafael Marquez, earning his side a penalty in injury time. Klass-Jan Huntelaar was given the chance to secure the victory for his side and he did just that.
Costa Rica’s amazing World Cup run continues as they defied the odds to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
Former Fulham attacker Bryan Ruiz got the Central Americans into the lead early in the second half when his shot rolled into the bottom corner. And they looked in control until Oscar Duarte received his second yellow card leaving Costa Rica down to 10 men.
And they almost held off until Borussia Dortmund defender Socratis Papastathopoulos scored in 91st minute injury time.
Both teams had chances to win the game in extra time, but Costa Rica keeper Keylon Navas was equal to any of the Greek’s efforts bringing the game to the World Cup’s second penalty shootout.
And it took until the fourth Greek penalty for a miss, again with Navas getting a strong hand Theofanis Gekas’ strike.
Michael Umaña scored Costa Rica’s fifth, advancing Costa Rica to the quarter-finals. Who would’ve thought!