In the incinerating heat of Forteleza we witnessed the Mexican wave die down in the last minutes of a sweaty clash between Netherlands and Mexico.
The heat favoured the Mexicans in the first half and it looked to be a Mexican fiesta as the dutch looked out of place.
We saw the first of two cooling breaks in the World Cup with the mercury rising to above 40 degrees celsius and 38 degrees in the shade, even the fans felt the heat as they left their seats during the game to find shade.
Goalless at HALFTIME. The heat seemed to be affecting the pace and energy levels of the players.
After the halftime break The Mexicans got a goal through a snapshot from Dos Santos, his first goal in 2 years.
The dutch began to find form as the sun began to move leaving more shaded areas over the pitch, Robben becoming his menacing self with runs from the left. The Mexican goalkeeper was man of the match for me with fantastic saves pity he was on the losing side today.
With minutes left in the game Wesley Sneijder hit a cracker which Guillermo Ochoa could not save it would’ve burnt his gloves.
The game looked like it was going into extra time but Robben would not have this as he earned his team a penalty in extra time with substitute Huntelaar converting making the final score….
NETHERLANDS 2-1 MEXICO , A dramatic late Dutch double sees the Netherlands through to WorldCup quarter-finals, a fitting celebration for Dirk Kuyt’s 100th game for Oranje.
In the first ever meeting between Costa Rica and Greece in the World Cup finals it was set for an epic encounter, each team wanting to prove a point.
With young Cambell the key man in the Costa Rican team they seemed to be the favourites to progress and this is what they did.
Goalkeeper Navas was the deciding factor with some great saves during normal and extra time as the game ended 1-1 and went to penalties.
With Costa Rica playing for most of the game with 10 men the Greek Gods could not capitalise on this and lost the game 5-3 on penalties.
So the second quarter final of 2014 World Cup is set it will be Netherlands vs Costa Rica.