Venue – Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza; Date -29th June 2014; Time – 9:30 am IST
European giants and 2010 finalists Netherlands take on North American giants Mexico in an exciting round of 16 encounter in Fortaleza. Both sides are undefeated in the tournament so far which makes the clash a highly anticipated one.
Looking at the progression of both outfits, the Dutch started off with an outstanding win over Spain and kept the tempo up in future matches netting 10 goals in the process. Mexico on the other hand played a lot of conservative football. They picked their battles rather wisely and netted only 4 goals in their qualification process. This will hence invariably unfold to an attack vs. defense battle and the Dutch must look to break the Mexican wall.
Where to Watch Live:
Viewers in Brazil can watch the match live HERE, while viewers in Argentina and South America can catch the action HERE. US viewers can access it on ESPN and ABC and click HERE for online. Australians can click HERE to watch the game online, and those in Africa can view the match HERE. In India, TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD will show the matches live and for online live streaming of the match, click HERE. In Pakistan PTV Sport is the only channel given right to broadcast all FIFA World Cup matches and click HERE for online live streaming in Pakistan. For Live Score, many channels and online websites are there but visit the official FIFA.COM website.
Key factors in the match:
Even though the Dutch have found no issues so far, the familiarity of the conditions will greatly benefit the Mexican side. They will clearly have a game plan against the Oranje and the conditions might just add to their advantage.
Van Persie’s availability will be shot in the arm to the Dutch as the striker returns from serving his suspension. He will now be on a clean chit much to everyone else’s dismay. The Dutch were hardly menacing upfront against Chile and this can be credited to Van persie’s absence.
Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa managed to keep the best attacking side in the tournament at bay during Mexico’s clash against Brazil. He has been in sublime form and must stop Robben and Van Perise from having yet another field day.
Miguel Herrera is dubbed as the most passionate manager at the world cup. The Mexican’s antics and wild celebrations have made him the ‘must see’ guy at the big stage and a goal from his side can trigger off some wild emotions.
Mexico have been knocked out of the World Cup finals at the second round stage in all five editions since 1994
Out of their last 10 games, The Dutch have managed to win their last 9 world cup encounters.
Van Persie has netted 21 goals in his last 25 games for the Dutch.
The last time the two sides met in a world cup was in the year 1988, when they played out a 2-2 draw.
Predictions: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:
Goal.com: 2-1 to Mexico
BBC: 1-0 to Netherlands
SB Nation: 2-0 to Netherlands
Bleacher Report: 0-0 (To be decided on penalties).