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The Netherlands vs Mexico: Recap and Highlights

el triIn a rematch of the World Cup Round of Sixteen game in which the Netherlands advanced thanks to a controversial penalty kick in stoppage time, Mexico picked up a hard-fought 2-3 win in Amsterdam in this international friendly.

Carlos Vela, making his first international appearance for Mexico in more than three years, made sure his return to El Tri would be a memorable one when he opened the scoring in just the 7th minute. Vela hit a left-footed shot from outside the box that flew unerringly into the back of the net to make it 0-1 in favor of the visitors, in Mexico’s first game on European soil since 2010.

The narrow lead lasted until halftime, although the Netherlands came close to equalizing on a number of occasion, most notably when Klaas Jan Huntelaar somehow managed to put his shot wide from about three yards out following a set piece opportunity.

However, it would take the home team just four minutes to tie things up in the second half. A golazo from Wesley Sneijder canceled out Vela’s opener in the 49th minute, and after that the Netherlands began to dominate the game.

But Carlos Vela would restore Mexico’s lead in the 62nd minute with a left-footed shot that Tim Krul got a hand to but couldn’t keep out, and then Javier “Chicharito” Hernández would score the eventual game-winner in the 69th. Vela and Hernández combined well throughout the game, and only the intervention of Tim Krul kept the pair from scoring more.

But playing at home, the Netherlands didn’t lie down, even down by two goals, and Daley Blind ensured that the final fifteen minutes of the game would be interesting with his 74th-minute goal. The Netherlands were on the verge of an equalizer a few times, and Memo Ochoa was called into action repeatedly to keep them out, once with a little help from Andrés Guardado on the line.

The 2-3 final score keeps Mexico unbeaten since the World Cup and extends their winning streak to four games. Carlos Vela’s brace shows that he can play a big role for El Tri moving forward if he continues to accept call-ups, and Mexico will move on to their game against Belarus full of confidence.



The Netherlands: Tim Krul, Ricardo van Rhijn, Ron Vlaar (Stefan de Vrij 24′), Joel Veltman, Jetro Willems, Ibrahim Afellay (Georginio Wijnaldum 68′), Daley Blind, Wesley Sneijder (Leroy Fer 81′), Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Memphis Depay (Quincy Promes 60′), Arjen Robben.

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Miguel Herrera (Jesús Corona Ruiz 61′), Diego Reyes, Adrián Aldrete, Oswaldo Alanís, Paul Aguilar, Héctor Herrera (Jonathan dos Santos 82′), José Juan Vázquez (Hugo Rodríguez 88′), Andrés Guardado (Miguel Ángel Ponce 88′), Carlos Vela (Giovani dos Santos 77′), Javier Hernández (Raúl Jiménez 77′). 

Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs the Netherlands

el triA day ahead of Mexico’s friendly clash with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Miguel Herrera has released the starting lineup for El Tri.

Mexico will line up in their usual 5-3-2 formation, and all eyes will be on the strike partnership, with Carlos Vela being set to make his first appearance for the national team since March 2011.

Guillermo Ochoa is set to start in goal, with the five-man backline consisting of Paul Aguilar, Miguel Herrera, Diego Reyes, Oswaldo Alanís and Adrián Aldrete. Héctor Herrera, José Juan Vázquez, and Andrés Guardado will make up the midfield trio, and the strike tandem will consist of Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.

Catch the game at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, November 12th on ESPN2, Unimás, Univision Deportes or online via WatchESPN or Univision.

The Netherlands vs Mexico: Where to Watch

el triIn a must-see rematch of their controversial World Cup Round of Sixteen match, “el Tri” will be taking on the team that knocked them out of the global competition, the Netherlands. The two are set to clash in an international friendly in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon.

With many Mexicans still fuming over the penalty that gave the Netherlands a come-from-behind victory in second-half stoppage time in the World Cup, this friendly might prove to be so in name only. But even without that storyline, this game would be worth watching to see Carlos Vela return from his self-imposed international exile.

Wednesday, November 12
The Netherlands vs Mexico – 2:30 PM – ESPN2 / Unimás / Univision Deportes.
Online via WatchESPN and Univision’s Deportes En Vivo.

Hugo Rodríguez Replaces Enrique Pérez on Mexico Roster

el tri Enrique Pérez suffered a left ankle sprain during Atlas’s 1-1 draw with Tijuana on Saturday, and as a result the defender has withdrawn from the Mexican national team squad ahead of its scheduledfriendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus.

In response, El Tri head coach Miguel Herrera has called up Pachuca’s Hugo Rodríguez as a replacement for Pérez. Rodríguez will join the camp tonight, with the team scheduled to leave for Europe on Monday.

The updated roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Málaga), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).

Defenders: Julio César Domínguez (Cruz Azul), Luis Gerardo Venegas (Atlas), Paul Aguilar (América), Miguel Ángel Ponce (Toluca), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), George Corral (Querétaro), Oswaldo Alanís (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Adrián Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Hugo Rodríguez (Pachuca).

Midfielders: José Juan Vázquez (León), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Héctor Herrera (FC Porto), Jesús Manuel Corona (FC Twente), Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Arturo González (Atlas).

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez (Atlético Madrid), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Javier Hernández (Real Madrid), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal).

Miguel Herrera Releases Mexico Roster for November Friendlies

el triEl Tri is set to take on the Netherlands and Belarus in friendlies on November 12th and 18th, respectively, with both matches taking place on European soil. Miguel Herrera had previously called in ten Europe-based players for these games, and he has now completed the roster with the addition of twelve domestic-based players.

Querétaro’s George Corral, Atlas’s Arturo González, and Santos Laguna’s Adrián Aldrete are somewhat surprising call ups, while América’s Oribe Peralta is a notable absence.

The full roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Málaga), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).

Defenders: Julio César Domínguez (Cruz Azul), Enrique Pérez (Atlas), Luis Gerardo Venegas (Atlas), Paul Aguilar (América), Miguel Ángel Ponce (Toluca), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), George Corral (Querétaro), Oswaldo Alanís (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Adrián Aldrete (Santos Laguna).

Midfielders: José Juan Vázquez (León), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Héctor Herrera (FC Porto), Jesús Manuel Corona (FC Twente), Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Arturo González (Atlas).

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez (Atlético Madrid), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Javier Hernández (Real Madrid), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal).

Update: Enrique Pérez withdrew due to injury and was replaced by Hugo Rodríguez (Pachuca).

Update II: Following the game against the Netherlands, George Corral withdrew due to injury.

Carlos Vela Reportedly Accepts Call Up

el triCarlos Vela’s three-year absence from the Mexican national team appears to be coming to an end. Miguel Herrera, coach of El Tri, called Vela up for Mexico’s Europe-based November friendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus, despite Vela repeatedly requesting not to be called up for Mexico games in the past.

Herrera has now announced that Vela has accepted the call up, telling ESPN’s Fútbol Picante talk show that “Carlos will be there in the Netherlands. Of the call-ups, all will be coming.”

Fox Sports’ Rubén Rodríguez also tweeted that Herrera said: “I spoke with Carlos Vela. Clean slate and he accepts the call to [the Mexican national team].”

Vela will be joining nine other Europe-based players: Guillermo Ochoa, Diego Reyes, Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, Jonathan dos Santos, Jesús Manuel Corona, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernández and Raúl Jiménez. The Mexico-based players who will be participating in these friendlies have not yet been announced.

Liga MX in the World Cup: Argentina, Semifinals

argentina flagAfter a substitute appearance in the round of sixteen and a start in the quarterfinals, Monterrey’s José María Basanta was back on the bench for Argentina’s semifinal match vs the Netherlands.

He had made his first appearance of the tournament when he replaced an injured Marcos Rojo, but Rojo was back in the starting lineup tonight, reclaiming his spot in defense from Basanta.

Neither the Argentinian nor the Dutch defense were overworked in this one. Chances were few for both teams, with ESPN statistics revealing just 4 shots on goal for the Dutch and 5 for the Argentinians. The game remained goalless throughout the ninety minutes of regulation and the half-hour of overtime, which sent the game to penalties.

Goalkeeper Sergio “Chiquito” Romero then became the hero for Argentina, as he saved the first Dutch penalty, which allowed the South Americans to take the early lead when Leo Messi made his kick. The two teams exchanged makes, from Arjen Robben and Ezequiel Garay, before Romero saved Wesley Sneijder’s kick. Although Dirk Kuyt scored for the Netherlands on their fourth kick, penalties from Sergio Agüero and Maxi Rodríguez gave Argentina the win and a date with Germany in the final.

Next game: vs Germany – Sunday, July 13th – 3:00 PM – Univision/Univision Deportes/ESPN

Miguel Herrera Criticizes Referee After Mexico’s Elimination

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Following Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s game-winning penalty in second-half stoppage time, which saw the Netherlands take a 2-1 lead after being behind 1-0 as late as the 87th minute, Mexican coach Miguel Herrera has blamed the referee for his team’s exit from the tournament.

Loosely translated, Herrera said:

“The most decisive element [for our elimination] was the referee. Today the referee is the one who put us out of the World Cup, because although their first goal was carelessness from us, the game could have gone to overtime…”

“There was very biased refereeing against Mexico, two goals [disallowed] against Cameroon, two penalties [for Mexico] in one play against Croatia [which weren’t called], and today a penalty against us. We hope that the Referees’ Committee sees it and this man, like us, goes home.”

Herrera also brought up the fact that the referee in question, Portugal’s Pedro Proenca, was from UEFA, while Mexico’s opponent, the Netherlands, is from that same confederation.

“When they send a referee from a confederation that has a team [involved], you start to wonder why they bring referees from CONMEBOL, from Asia, from Africa, if in the end they’re going to put a referee from the same confederation as one of the teams that’s playing.”

Herrera wasn’t the only one who spoke out against the refereeing. Giovani dos Santos, who had two goals incorrectly ruled out against Cameroon in the group stage, was also critical.

“In this World Cup, the refereeing affected us from the first game, and if it [the penalty] had been the other way around, he wouldn’t have called it. They always blow the whistle differently for teams that have a bigger name with FIFA.”

Rafael Márquez, who was called for the foul on Arjen Robben that led to the penalty, also spoke out, criticizing the Dutchman for his tendency to go down easily, saying Robben “lets himself fall” five out of every ten times, noting “That’s not Fair Play.”

He was less overtly critical of the referee, simply saying, “I think it was a bad decision.”

Mexico vs the Netherlands: Recap and Highlights

el triMexico reached the Round of Sixteen for the sixth straight World Cup, and for the sixth straight World Cup, they failed to advance to the quarterfinals. For 87 minutes it looked like El Tri would finally reach that much longed-for fifth game, but then everything fell apart. The highest-scoring team from the group stage could only be denied for so long, and Wesley Sneijder’s 88th-minute equalizer set the stage for Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s game-winning, stoppage-time penalty kick.

Playing in the heat and humidity of Fortaleza, referee Pedro Proenca stopped the game for a water break in each half – which led in part to the 6 minutes of stoppage time being tacked on at the end of the second half, in which Mexico saw all hope of advancing slip away.

Mexico started the game off well, while the Dutch were disrupted by an early injury to Nigel de Jong, who had to be subbed off in just the 6th minute. Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen looked nervy in the early going, and Mexico tested him through Héctor Herrera and Giovani dos Santos.

The Netherlands only came into their own towards the end of the half, when Proenca waved away a penalty claim from Arjen Robben following challenges from Rafael Márquez and Héctor Moreno. It looked like the Dutch striker had a strong case, but the referee was not interested. Moreno was injured on the play and carried off, to be replaced by Diego Reyes for the second half.

Minutes into that half, Giovani dos Santos hit a powerful left-footed shot from outside the box to beat Cillessen and give Mexico the lead. It was dos Santos’s first official goal for the national team in two years (after he had two goals incorrectly disallowed earlier in the tournament).

Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa was his usual imposing self in goal, and he made several great saves, including one on a close-range Stefan de Vrij shot that he pushed onto the post and out. Nevertheless, Mexico looked nervous after they took the lead and as the half wore on the Netherlands got more and more chances.

Finally, in the 88th minute, Sneijder rocketed home the equalizer and it was all hands on deck for Mexico, who were trying to hang on for overtime. But it was not to be. In the 92nd minute, Rafa Márquez appeared to trip Robben in the box. The Dutchman went down extremely theatrically, but the contact did appear to be there, and Proenca pointed to the penalty spot.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who had only entered the game as a sub twenty minutes earlier, stepped up and sent an assertive spot kick past Ochoa, who had guessed the wrong way. Mexico went to route one tactics, trying to get the ball upfield and bundle in an equalizer, but the bounces wouldn’t fall their way. Proenca blew the whistle, the Dutch advanced, and the Mexicans were left wondering how it had all gone so wrong.




Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Rodríguez, Rafael Márquez, Miguel Layún, Héctor Moreno (Diego Reyes 45′), Paul Aguilar, Carlos Salcido, Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, Giovani dos Santos (Javier Aquino 61′), Oribe Peralta (Javier Hernández 75′).

Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind, Nigel de Jong (Bruno Martins Indi 6′), Wesley Sneijder, Paul Verhaegh (Memphis Depay 56′), Dirk Kuyt, Georginio Wijnaldum, Robin van Persie (Klaas Jan Huntelaar 76′), Arjen Robben.

Mexico vs the Netherlands: Preview and Where to Watch

el triAfter finishing in second place in Group A, Mexico will take on the winners of Group B, the Netherlands, in the World Cup’s Round of Sixteen.

This is Mexico’s sixth straight appearance in this round, but they haven’t moved on to the quarterfinals in any of their previous five attempts. The Dutch, of course, reached the final in the last World Cup in South Africa.

These two teams have very little World Cup history: they have played only once on the world’s biggest stage, and that was a 2-2 draw in the group stage of the 1998 edition.

In this one, the tournament’s highest-scoring team – the Dutch – will come up against arguably the most in-form goalkeeper – Guillermo Ochoa – and a defense that only allowed one goal in group play.

The Netherlands have a dangerous attacking trio in Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, but their defense is not quite so awe-inspiring. The Mexican team has banded together under charismatic coach Miguel Herrera, and have a mix of experience in the back (such as captain Rafael Márquez) and youth up front (Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernández).

El Tri will be without the suspended José Juan Vázquez (yellow-card accumulation), who is projected to be replaced by Carlos Salcido.

The referee crew for this one is Pedro Proenca of Portugal, with assistants Bertino Miranda and José Trigo (also Portugal). The fourth official is Carlos Vera of Ecuador.

Where to Watch: Sunday, June 29th – 12:00 noon – Univision/Univision Deportes/ESPN. Online at WatchESPN and Univision’s Deportes en Vivo.