Netherlands vs Mexico: Transformed Mexico Chase History

Mexico face Louis van Gaal's rampaging Netherlands side in the round of last 16.

updated: June 29, 2014 15:03 IST
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Mexican team in practice during FIFA World Cup
Mexican team in practice during FIFA World Cup

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Eight months ago Mexico looked set for one of the greatest humiliations in the country's football history. Now they are riding a Latin American wave at the World Cup. (Fixtures)

A disastrous qualification campaign put them on the brink of elimination. However, as they ended a 2-1 defeat away to Costa Rica in their final CONCACAF qualifier, they received a lifeline from the unlikeliest of sources.

Two goals in stoppage time by the already qualified United States away to Panama handed the Mexicans a second chance through a playoff against New Zealand despite having won just twice in 10 qualifiers.

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