Thank you for following along with our coverage from Fortaleza where the Netherlands stormed back to beat Mexico 2-1 in the final moments of the match, setting up a quarter-final encounter with the winner of today's second match between Costa Rica and Greece. Please join us back at our daily tournament blog where we'll provide reaction from this first game and look ahead to what's in store in Recife.
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Good match from Mexico, made it Holland very difficult!— Ryan Babel (@Ryan Babel) 29/06/2014 18:00
Yesss @KJ_Huntelaar saved us! What an end of a game! 😅— Gregory van der Wiel (@Gregory van der Wiel) 29/06/2014 17:59
has been elected Man of the Match
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FULL-TIME: Netherlands break Mexican hearts in the final moments after Wesley Sneijder's super strike and Huntelaar's calmly finished penalty. El Tri can't believe it as the Dutch celebrate.
GOAL! Klass-Jan Huntelaar scores from the spot and the Netherlands are all but through to the quarter-finals now! The No19 fires it to Ochoa's right as the goalkeeper dives the opposite way and the Oranje celebrate wildly.
PENALTY! Rafael Marquez takes down Arjen Robben in the area in the final minutes of the second-half!
GOAL! Wesley Sneijder equalises for the Netherlands, and what a thumping strike it was! Klass-Jan Huntelaar heads it back to the top of the area where the No10 is waiting for it and the Galatasaray midfielder hits a perfect half-volley into the lower corner and not even the the impressive Guillermo Ochoa can get to it.
Mexico's No3 does well to control the ball under pressure, but his half-volley is too high and too wide to cause any trouble for the Dutch goalkeeper.
Mexico get things underway, and they move strongly up the field from Ochoa's goal-kick.
Van Gaal responds with the Netherlands' final substitution and van Persie, who looks to be feeling the heat, comes off for the Schalke striker.
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Mexico make their final change, bringing on the Manchester United man in favour of the Santos Laguna forward.
GOOD SAVE: Arjen Robben powers past Marquez but Ochoa stands strong and denies the No11, but concedes a corner kick.
Aguilar's yellow means the No20 will miss Mexico's next match should El Tri progress to the quarter-finals.
PHOTO: @OficialGio scores 1st #MEX goal for over 2 years to put El Tri ahead #NEDMEX #WorldCup http://t.co/hIOrTO7Cn5 http://t.co/GHpuK3ELBt— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 29/06/2014 17:28
Patience enough time to change and bring in some young guns #nedmex— edgar davids (@edgar davids) 29/06/2014 17:25
Mexico are sustaining the pressure well, but the Netherlands continue to attack.
Miguel Herrera makes his second switch, bringing on a midfielder in place of the goal-scorer.
DEFLECTED WIDE: Wesley Sneijder, who has been relatively quiet until now, gets a shot off but El Tri's backline block his shot and concede a corner.
GOOD SAVE: Ochoa doesn't know much about De Vrij's close-range effort but the goalkeeper reacts well to get his hands up and then the ball rebounds off the post to miraculously stay out.
Amid all the action on either end of the pitch, van Gaal makes his second change by bringing on the young, pacey winger.
GOOD SAVE: Peralta gets a good look on goal but Cillessen is up to the task and makes the diving save.
Netherlands are responding well after going down a goal early in the second half. Blind's effort is an ambitious one, but van Gaal will be happy with the Oranje's attacking spirit.
GOAL! Dos Santos scores for the first time in two years to give Mexico the lead! The No10 holds off Daley Blind to fire off a half-volley from the top of the area and his accuracy in inch-perfect as it finds the bottom corner past a diving Cillessen.
Moreno looked to come away with an in jury at the end of the first half, so Herrera has brought on some fresh legs for the second 45 miuntes.
The Netherlands kick off to start the second half as Miguel Herrera makes one change to his Mexico side.
Take a look at some of the best pictures captured during the first 45 minutes from the Estadio Castelao.
I love when Mexico has a Go! Such a dynamic team this World Cup. Bloke qualifying. Vamos El Tri!— Steve Nash (@Steve Nash) 29/06/2014 16:58
100 CLUB: @Dirk_18_Kuyt makes his 100th #NED appearance today in #NEDMEX #worldcup - http://t.co/uqeWvNa6Fu http://t.co/MhUZpQwu6H— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 29/06/2014 16:57
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HALF-TIME: The first half ends goalless, with Mexico enjoying the better chances, though the Netherlands have looked dangerous on the break with Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie up front. The heat has definitely left its mark on the first 45 minutes and it will likely do so in the second half, which may continue to limit the pace of the game at the Estadio Castelao.
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A defensive miscue in Mexico's half allows van Persie to break free down the centre of the field. The No9 elects to pass over to Arjen Robben who takes a touch into the area and looks to shoot but El Tri's defence recovers to clear the danger.
GOOD SAVE: Dos Santos takes a shot from a very tight angle and Cillessen gets a foot to it and clears the danger.
Francisco Rodriguez breaks up the play as Robin van Persie breaks towards goal and clears but gives up the corner kick
Dirk Kuyt makes a strong run into Mexico's area but his last touch is a bit too far and Rafael Marquez marshalls the ball out for a goal-kick.
And we're back underway with Mexico picking up right where they left off, putting the pressure on the Netherlands' backline.
Due to the heat and humidity in Fortaleza, there will be two official cooling breaks during the match, each three minutes in length. The first stoppage now comes after the 30th minute once the ball goes out of play. This video helps explain the reasoning behind these breaks.
The Netherlands have won both their previous two World Cup matches played on this date – both by a 2-1 scoreline. Meanwhile, Mexico’s only previous World Cup match on this date also ended 2-1, with their Round of 16 defeat against Germany by that scoreline.
The pace is picking up at the Estadio Castealo as Mexico charge back down towards Cillessen's goal. Dos Santos gets room to shoot but it's straight at the goalkeeper.
The Netherlands' No9 makes a good run into the box and gets a shot off but it sails wide.
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GOOD SAVE: Carlos Salcido shoots from distance after the Dutch backline drops off and his effort is a good one, bending and dipping away from Cillessen but the No1 is able to palm it away and out for a corner.
CHANCE: Herrera breaks through the backline and nearly connects on a looping ball into the box but his header is deflected wide.
WIDE: Hector Herrera gets the ball stuck under his feet and the Dutch backline close him down quickly. The No6 still manages to get a shot off but misses wide of the post by only inches.
Layun sends in another cross from the opposite side and flies across the face of goal, but Dos Santos isn't close enough to finish and it rolls harmlessly out for a goal-kick. Mexico are starting to build-up possession in the Netherlands' half.
Giovanni Dos Santos' service into the area is good but Stefan de Vrij is able to head clear.
We're ten minutes into the match with no clear-cut chances for either side as both teams look to navigate the heat in Fortaleza.
Louis van Gaal is forced to make an early change as the injured De Jong limps off and the Feyenoord defender takes his place.
Miguel Layun finds space about 35 yards out and the No7 takes a shot but it sails over the bar.
Mexico kicks off in their traditional green kit
The Himno Nacional Mexicano follows suit and is proudly sung throughout the Estadio Castelao.
Het Wilhelmus is sung by the Netherlands players and fans alike, creating a great atmosphere.
Can this rt 16 get any better #NED #FlyingDutchman v. #MEX #ElTri great tactical game who will survive? @FIFAWorldCup #clefication— Wyclef Jean (@Wyclef Jean) 29/06/2014 15:52
The teams are gathering in the tunnel and are ready to walk out for their national anthem.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Jasper CILLESSEN, 2 Ron VLAAR, 3 Stefan DE VRIJ, 4 Bruno MARTINS INDI, 5 Daley BLIND, 6 Nigel DE JONG, 7 Daryl JANMAAT, 8 Jonathan DE GUZMAN, 9 Robin VAN PERSIE, 10 Wesley SNEIJDER, 11 Arjen ROBBEN
13 Guillermo OCHOA, 2 Francisco RODRIGUEZ, 4 Rafael MARQUEZ, 7 Miguel LAYUN, 15 Hector MORENO, 22 Paul AGUILAR, 6 Hector HERRERA, 18 Andres GUARDADO, 21 Carlos PENA, 10 Giovani DOS SANTOS, 19 Oribe PERALTA
Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder talks about his team topping Group B and the team's ambitions in Brazil in this video.
"We have to stay very calm, very humble and not get carried away. This is just one more step forward, a very important one, but just one more step. If we want to make history we have to beat the Netherlands and keep moving along the path we've set out for ourselves."
“We are very confident, but we always have to look to our next opponents and Mexico have a good team. They're a tough team to play against so, yes, we'll have to concentrate and focus purely on this match. After that, let's see what happens.”
DID YOU KNOW?
The Netherlands were the most prolific scorers in the first round, netting ten goals. The Dutch team’s best tally for a single edition is 15 goals, which they achieved in both the 1974 and 1978 campaigns. Elsewhere, Mexico had the joint-best defence in the group stage alongside Costa Rica and Belgium, with only one goal conceded.
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KUYT'S CENTURY MARK
The Netherlands' veteran, who is scheduled to start today, is playing in his 100th match for the Oranje.
The Netherlands and Mexico are warming-up, and as they enter the pitch the supporters who have already found their seats greet the teams with warm applause.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee for today's match is Portgual's Pedro Proenca.
Mexico have qualified for the Round of 16 in each of the last five editions (since 1994), but only ever reached the quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986 when they were the host team.
That solitary stalemate was played out in the pair’s only prior FIFA World Cup meeting, during the group round in 1998. It finished 2-2 after the Oranje had gone 2-0 ahead through Phillip Cocu and Ronald De Boer, only for Mexico to snatch a point with goals from Ricardo Pelaez on 75 minutes and Luis Hernandez in stoppage time.
HEAD TO HEAD:
The Netherlands have fared slightly better in the sides' six previous encounters, winning three, losing two and drawing one.
A LOOK INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMS
Take an exclusive peek into the Netherlands' and Mexico's dressing rooms in Fortleza.
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The starting XIs for today's first Round of 16 match-up are in!
#NED LINE-UP: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Wijnaldum #NEDMEX #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 29/06/2014 14:52
#MEX LINE-UP: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar #NEDMEX #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 29/06/2014 14:52
Learn a little more about the history behind El Tri and football in Mexico.
DISCOVER THE NETHERLANDS
Learn a little more about the history behind the Oranje and football in the Netherlands.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Netherlands' Round of 16 match against Mexico from Fortaleza. We'll bring you all the action from the Estadio Castelao during Sunday's first of two knockout games at Brazil 2014. We'll have a minute-by-minute report and all the build-up from the coaches and players as the doors of the Global Stadium swing open. Remember to #joinin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which are all part of our World Cup social hub.
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza