Different Routes… The Netherlands scored the most goals in the group stage (10). Robin van Persie scored what has, thus far, been the goal of the tournament. Mexico was tied for fewest allowed (1). That one goal was in the 87th minute after taking a 3-0 lead against Croatia.
Miguel Herrera… Mexico’s coach, made for the GIF era, has been one of the World Cup’s starring performers. His reaction shots are priceless. He has been photombombing. He had an audience with Tom Brady. The Internet rediscovered his ska fandom. Fun tournament, from a guy who began it banning sex and alcohol.
Consistency… Mexico have now reached the last 16 at six-straight World Cups since being banned in 1990. They have gone out in the Round of 16 the five previous times.
Heat and Humidity… The Dutch are a bit worried about the heat and humidity in Fortaleza. They have had mild temperatures at their base in Rio and in their last two matches in Sao Paolo and Porto Alegre.
El Capitan… Rafa Marquez has had an excellent tournament so far, his fourth as Mexico captain. But the 35-year-old did not have his pace challenged in the group stage. Van Persie and Robben, not to mention the young Oranje that have contributed off the bench, will present a different challenge.
The Second Half… All four Mexico goals have come after the 60th minute. Eight of the 10 Dutch goals have come in the second half.
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