The Netherlands and Mexico met in an outstanding match on Sunday in Recife, which saw le Oranje go through off of a late penalty from Huntelaar. The Dutch side looked strong throughout the match; however, several heroic saves from the in-form Mexican keeper, Guillermo Ochoa kept the Dutch off of the score sheet.
It was the Mexicans who scored first, through a fantastic strike from Giovanni dos Santos. The Mexicans held their lead for the majority of the remainder of the match until a poor clearance led to Wesley Sneijder equalizer from the edge of the box in the 88th minute of the match. As the match edged on, it seemed that yet another match was headed to extra time, but a spell of Dutch possession around the Mexican penalty box led to the decisive attack when Arjen Robben was fouled in the box, resulting in the 94th minute penalty that decided the match.
After several fantastic performances by the Mexicans, most notably those of Guillermo Ochoa, they encountered a Dutch team in top form, and it was time for them to go home. The Dutch on the other hand will move on to face tournament dark horses, Costa Rica, who downed Greece after a fantastic penalty shoot out, where goalkeeper Keylor Navas continued his fine form. The Dutch have it all to play for after a few unconvincing victories and certainly should not look upon this Costa Rican side as inferior, especially after their fine group stage, which saw them eliminate European powers Italy and England, while managing to take the top spot from the dangerous Uruguayans.