For Dutch, Dramatic Rally With a Theatrical Fall

Netherlands scored two goals in the last six minutes including stoppage time to come back from behind and hurt Mexico with a 2-1 win in the Last 16 stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

updated: June 30, 2014 12:01 IST
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Netherlands Win Over Mexico
Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The Netherlands won the match 2-1.

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Fortaleza, Brazil: Mexico's coach, Miguel Herrera, has become an icon during this World Cup for his impassioned exhortations in front of the team bench. Herrera has stomped and stamped, whirled and whipped, flailed and frothed over everything from referee decisions to near misses to, most notably, goals scored by his players. (Also read: Costa Rica enter quarters for first time)

Among the countless Internet tributes to Herrera is one delightful concoction in which Herrera's wild gesticulations result in a violent thunderstorm.

Deep into stoppage time on Sunday, though, Herrera finally stood still. At the far end of the field, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, a forward for the Netherlands, ran up and lashed a penalty kick into the net. As the Dutch bench erupted, Herrera only stared: His team had been just a few minutes from advancing to the quarterfinals. Instead, it is now going home, surely devastated, after a brutal 2-1 defeat. It is the sixth consecutive World Cup in which Mexico has been eliminated in the Round of 16. (Highlights)

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