World Cup pre-game: Mexico vs. Netherlands
Dutch offence meets Mexico's outstanding goalkeeper
Netherlands vs. Mexico
- noon ET, Sunday, June 29
- CBC TV, cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
The winner here will play the winner of the CostaRica-Greece match. The Netherlands has a slim lead in their head-to-head history. They’ve won three of the six matches played, with Mexico winning twice and one draw.
Netherlands: Robin van Persie. He’s back after missing the last match for having two yellows. He has three goals and is ready to fly again.
Mexico: Javier Hernandez. He came off the bench to help Mexico top a spirited Croatia, putting El Tri through to the knock-outs.
What to watch for
- Explosive fast-break plays and long-lead passes.
- Mexico has to find a way to shut down Robin and Robben.
- Likewise, the Netherlands need to handle a powerful midfield and offence.
They said it
“We have spent two good years together and won a league together. He is one of the best players in the world and it will be nice to meet up with him.” — Javier Hernandez talking about his Manchester United teammate Robin Van Persie.
"It's simple: win three times and we're in the final of the World Cup.” — Arjen Robben speaking to German media.
The big number
80 — Percentage accuracy of the Netherlands when it comes to hitting the goal with their shots. They hit the net 33 out of 41 times. By contrast, the Mexicans have hit the net with 44 per cent of their shots (15 of 34).
Obligatory fun fact
Hernandez is the first Mexican to play for Manchester United. And his new club coach? Louis Van Gaal, who also coaches the Dutch World Cup team.