FIFA World Cup Round of 16 Highlights: Netherlands vs. Mexico and Costa Rica vs. Greece

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  • Costa Rica's players watch the penalty shootout
    Costa Rica's players watch the penalty shootout during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Greece at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.
  • Costa Rica's Waylon Francis (facing camera) and teammate Jose Miguel Cubero
    Costa Rica's Waylon Francis (facing camera) and teammate Jose Miguel Cubero embrace after their team won a penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Greece at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014. Costa Rica won the penalty shoot-out 5-3 to advance to the quarter-finals.
  • Greece's Theofanis Gekas
    Greece's Theofanis Gekas reacts after missing during a penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Costa Rica at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.
  • Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte (R) is shown the red card
    Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte (R) is shown the red card by referee Benjamin Williams of Australia after receiving two yellow cards during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Greece at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 29, 2014.
  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
    Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa reacts after conceding a penalty goal to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014.
  • Wesley Sneijder (L) of the Netherlands celebrates with his teammates Memphis Depay and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (R)
    Wesley Sneijder (L) of the Netherlands celebrates with his teammates Memphis Depay and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (R) after scoring a goal against Mexico during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014.
  • Mexico's national soccer players react after being defeated
    Mexico's national soccer players react after being defeated in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against the Netherlands at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014.
  • Mexico's players discuss with referee Pedro Proenca
    Mexico's players discuss with referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal after he called a penalty in favour of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014.
  • Arjen Robben (L) of the Netherlands
    Arjen Robben (L) of the Netherlands is fouled in the penalty area during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014.
  • A Mexico supporter
    A Mexico supporter reacts after they lost their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against the Netherlands at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza June 29, 2014.
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It was Europe against the Americas on day 2 of the knockout stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with the Netherlands going up against Mexico and Greece playing against Costa Rica. In the end, neither continent dominated as the Netherlands defeated Mexico but Costa Rica took out Greece.

The Netherlands took the victory in stoppage time through a penalty shot after Arjen Robben was brought down in the box. Mexico led right from the beginning of the first half until Wesley Sneijder defeated the defense with a well-placed volley in the 88th minute to equalise.

The Mexicans were completely heartbroken and are exiting the World Cup in the round of 16 for the sixth straight time since 1990.

Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

(Sneijder 88', Huntelaar 90+PEN) (Dos Santos 48')

June 29, 2014Venue: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

Man of the Match: Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)

NETHERLANDS
 
MEXICO

55%
Possession
45%

14
Attempts
12

8
On Target
7

2
Goals
1

10
Corners
2

4
Set Pieces
1

13
Free Kicks
9

8
Fouls
12

0
Yellow Cards
3

0
Red Cards
0

Costa Rica almost suffered the same fate as Mexico when they conceded an equaliser in stoppage time to force extra time with the Greeks. They were able to hold on through extra time with a man down and were able to emerge triumphant after a penaltyshootout where they won 5-3.

Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

(Ruiz 52') (Sokratis 90+')

June 29, 2014

Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Man of teh Match: Keylor Navas

Penalties

Costa Rica 5

Celso BORGES [5] Goal 1 - 0

Bryan RUIZ [10] Goal 2 - 1

Giancarlo GONZALEZ [3] Goal 3 - 2

Joel CAMPBELL [9] Goal 4 - 3

Michael UMANA [4] Goal 5 - 3

Greece 3

Konstantinos MITROGLOU [9] Goal 1-1

Lazaros CHRISTODOULOPOULOS [16] 2-2

Jose CHOLEVAS [20] Goal 3-3

Theofanis GEKAS [17] Saved 4-3

COSTA RICA
 
GREECE

43%
Possession
57%

6
Attempts
24

2
On Target
13

1
Goals
1

3
Corners
11

0
Set Pieces
5

26
Free Kicks
23

22
Fouls
16

6
Yellow Cards
2

1
Red Cards
0

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