Dutch Advance to World Cup Quarterfinals

  • VOA News

    June 30, 2014 08:13

    The Netherlands stunned Mexico with two late goals to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup football championship.

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored on an injury-time penalty shot Sunday to give the orange-clad Dutch team a 2-1 win in the round of 16 knockout match.  On the winning goal, Huntelaar rifled a powerful low shot into the left corner of the net as Mexican goalie Guillermo Ochoa lunged in the opposite direction.

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (left) and Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands celebrate Huntelaar's goal during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza on June 29, 2014. /Reuters

    Mexico led for much of the second half, with Giovani Dos Santos scoring in the 48th minute to break a scoreless tie in Fortaleza, Brazil. Wesley Sneijder scored the equalizer for the Dutch in the 88th minute.

    The Netherlands joins Saturday winners Brazil and Colombia in the quarterfinals.  The Dutch will next play the winner of the Costa Rica-Greece match later Sunday.

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