FT: Holland 2 Mexico 1

The referee brings this match to an end. It took time to get going but there was late drama as Holland scored two very late goals to reach the quarter-finals. They will play Costa Rica or Greece in the last eight and that match is next.

Holland have a goal-kick with time in this match nearly at an end.

Hernandez's cross from the left is scrambled clear by de Vrij. Holland are the team with players behind the ball.

GOAL HUNTELAAR! Huntelaar makes no mistake as he sends Ochoa the wrong way and finds the bottom left hand corner of his goal. Holland lead 2-1 and we don't have long left.

Guardado is also booked for complaining about the decision.

Marquez is booked before the penalty is taken.

Robben produces another great run but his progress is halted by a clumsy challenge from Marquez. The referee points to the spot and that is the correct decision.


Depay sends a poor effort well over the bar. Holland on top as we near the end of normal time.

There will be six minutes of additional time.

The score is 1-1 with little time left. We will go to extra-time and penalties will be required if the match remains level.

GOAL SNEIJDER! The corner is headed back to Sneijder by Huntelaar. The midfielder fires a powerful half-volley home and Holland have finally made a set-piece count.

Holland win yet another corner.

Mexico are getting closer to the quarter-finals. Still work to do but lots of the credit will go to the superb Ochoa if they get there.

Robben's corner from the right is cleared by a strong header. The ball is worked back to Huntelaar and the sub is denied by a fantastic save from Ochoa. The linesman's flag is up for offside but the Mexico goalkeeper didn't know.

Holland win another corner.

Robben, who continues to be by far Holland's most dangerous player, wins a free-kick on the halfway line.

Salcido bustles his way through to the edge of the box and sends a poor half-volley well wide. That wasn't as good as Giovani's goal at the start of the half.

Play starts again.

We are having our second cooling break of the game. Play will start up again in four minutes. Time for Holland to think about how they will push for the equaliser.

Interesting change from Holland. Van Persie is replaced by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Holland's latest corner sees Vlaar send a powerful header over the bar.

Mexico make their final change with Peralta replaced by Javier Hernandez.

Robben's fantastic run ends with a great save from Ochoa to keep out a driven effort. Credit to both the winger and goalkeeper.

Sneijder sends a wild half-volley well over the top of the bar. Ochoa hasn't been tested since his fantastic close-range save from de Vrij.

Holland's latest corner is punched away from the head of Vlaar by Ochoa.

Aguilar is rightly booked for a clumsy challenge on Depay.

Robben has another appeal for a penalty turned down as he tumbles over Layun's challenge. Looks like the correct decision this time to wave play on.

Peralta finds the back of the net but the linesman had already raised his flag for offside. Correct decision to deny Mexico a second goal.

Robben's corner from the right is cleared out to Blind on the edge of the box and he sends a shot well wide.

Marquez concedes a corner with a strong challenge on van Persie.

Robben's cross from the right narrowly evades Sneijder and goes just wide of Ochoa's far post for a goal-kick. All about Holland at the moment.

The corner is half-cleared by Mexico. The loose ball is returned to the box but Ochoa gathers with ease.

Mexico make a change. Goalscorer Giovani is replaced by Javier Aquino.

Robben works the ball to Sneijder on the edge of the box and his effort takes a deflection. Ochoa can only watch as the shot goes behind for a corner.

Replays show just what a good save that was. The ball was diverted off the post and goalline technology shows it didn't go in.

Robben's corner from the right is met by de Vrij and his close-range effort is somehow kept out by Ochoa. What a save!

Holland make a change with Verhaegh replaced by the in-form Memphis Depay.

The next corner from Robben is cleared at the near post. Holland will need to make better use of their set-pieces if they are to get back in this match.

The corner is headed behind by Peralta for another corner.

Robben wins a corner for Holland as his run is halted by Reyes.

Sneijder decides to go for a shot but the Mexico wall stands tall and the loose ball is cleared.

Van Persie wins a free-kick in a decent position. A chance to at least get the ball in the box.

Marquez sends a header over the bar from 12 yards. Decent chance for Mexico to test Cillessen.

That was a superb way to open the scoring. Full credit to Giovani and now we do have game on!

GOAL GIOVANI! What a way to start the second half! Giovani finds space on the edge of the box and fires home a fantastic half-volley. Mexico lead 1-0.

Diego Reyes has replaced Moreno, who was injured just before half-time, for Mexico.

Here we go! Still very hot here so don't expect the tempo to rise too much in this contest.

Holland are now 7/4 to win this match after 90 minutes with Sky Bet. Mexico are 5/2 and the draw at the end of normal time is 11/10. Holland are 4/6 to reach the quarter-finals by any means and Mexico are 11/10. Sky Bet's half-time Price Boosts are: Holland to win 1-0 at 9/2, Mexico to win 2-0 at 20/1, Georginio Wijnaldum to score next to score next at 14/1 and Giovani to score next at 12/1.

The referee brings the first half to an end. No goals and a couple of penalty shouts the main talking points.

Looks like that will be the end of Moreno's game. He leaves the field on a stretcher.

Marquez's challenge on Robben looks like it should have resulted in a penalty. We now have a break in play because of injury to Moreno.

Holland have a shout for a penalty turned down as Robben takes a tumble in the box. It was good play from van Persie to set up the chance and replays suggest the Dutch were unlucky not to get the spot-kick.

We will have four minutes of additional time at the end of this half. That is down to the earlier drinks break.

Giovani finds himself in space and sees his low driven effort well saved by the legs of Cillessen. Good stop from the Holland goalkeeper.

Holland work the corner shot but the opportunity is wasted as Robben sends a poor cross straight out of play for a goal-kick.

Van Persie wins a corner as Francisco Rodriguez knocks the ball behind.

Kuyt makes an impact at the other end of the field in his role on the left flank. He stops Aguilar getting a cross in from the right and lets the ball go behind for a goal-kick.

Kuyt can't keep the ball in play as Marquez calmly ushers the ball behind for a goal-kick.

Sneijder's low cross from the left doesn't cause any worries for Mexico as Ochoa easily gathers.

Here we go again for the rest of the first half!

The players are starting to return to their positions. Nearly time to get started again.

The match is halted for three minutes as the drinks are shared out.

Time for the cooling break. That means both teams get a drink.

Holland now the side enjoying a slow spell of possession in defence.

Vlaar stops Herrera setting Giovani free down the right. Both defences will need to keep focus and in this heat that will be a pretty tough task.

Giovani sends an effort from the edge of the box straight at Cillessen. A few sights of goal for both sides.

Van Persie gets a sight of goal but his half-volley is sent wide from a tight-angle. No danger for Guillermo Ochoa.

The heat is having a clear impact on this match. Mexico the side currently the side in control of possession but the tempo is very slow.

Mexico are enjoy the better of things. They are keeping possession at the moment with Holland keeping plenty of men behind the ball.

A replay shows Mexico's call for a penalty was a bit stronger than I first thought. Ron Vlaar's boot was very high on Herrera. The corner leads to nothing as the referee awards a free-kick to Holland.

All about Mexico at the moment as Herrera wins a corner. The challenge on him was a bit high but the referee is right not to award the penalty.

A neat passing move from Mexico ends with Herrera creating space for a shot. His effort from just inside the penalty area goes only narrowly wide of Cillessen's right hand post. Best chance so far.

The main danger so far today is being created from the flanks. Robben and Layun busy in the opening stages.

Robben has an appeal for a penalty turned down as he believes his cross from the left hit the arm of Rafael Marquez. The referee waves play on and Mexico just about prevent the corner.

Layun looking very lively so far and his cross from the left causes a bit of panic for Holland as the ball races across the six-yard box for a goal-kick.

Stefan de Vrij does well to head a cross from the right clear. Mexico starting to put on a little bit of pressure.

Mexico try to work an attacking chance for Giovani but Oribe Peralta's attempted through ball is poor and Cillessen easily gathers.

A loose pass from Daley Blind goes straight out of play for a throw-in. Not much to report in the last few minutes as both sides keep the pace down.

Holland are forced to make an early change. Bruno Martins Indi replaces Nigel de Jong.

Paul Aguilar is unlucky to concede a free-kick as he tumbles over Arjen Robben in an aerial challenge. The Mexico defender was the man looking to win the ball.

Holland look happy to keep possession at the back. No problem with that in this heat. There's a long way to go in this match and we will have a break for drinks in each half.

Van Persie wins a free-kick on the halfway line as he's pushed in the back by Hector Moreno.

Layun tries his luck again and Jasper Cillessen is happy to watch the ball go wide of his left hand post.

Wesley Sneijder's cross from the left drifts away from Robin van Persie and out of play for a goal-kick.

Miguel Layun sends a confident effort high over the bar from 35 yards.

Holland keep possession at the start of this match. The heat is on at Fortaleza so expect the tempo to be slow at times.

Here we go!

The players are out on the pitch and now is the time for the national anthems.

Chris Green makes his prediction: "Netherlands to win 3-1, with Kuyt and van Persie (2) scoring the goals."

James predicts: "Hi Nick, I believe this could be the most entertaining World Cup match so far, I think a lot is expected of Holland and I don't think they will disappoint and will be just too strong for Mexico. Its 2-0 To Holland for me with goals from RVP and Robben!"

Holland are the 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to win today's match after 90 minutes. Mexico are 11/4 and the draw at the end of normal time can be backed at 12/5. The qualify market sees Holland at 1/2 and Mexico at 6/4. Sky Bet's Price Boosts are: Wesley Sneijder to score first at 9/2 from 15/2, Jose Andres Guardado to score first at 20/1 from 16/1, Holland to win 2-0 at 10/1 from 17/2 and Mexico to win 1-0 at 10/1 from 17/2.

The team news shows Robin van Persie starts for Holland and Dirk Kuyt is set to start at left wingback. No Javier Hernandez for Mexico and Carlos Salcido replaces the suspended Jose Vasquez.

Here are the teams - Holland: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Blind, Sneijder, Robben, van Persie Subs: Vorm, Martins Indi, Janmaat, de Guzman, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Depay, Krul

Mexico: Ochoa, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun, Salcido, Herrera, Guardado, Giovani, Peralta Subs: Corona, Reyes, Fabian, Jimenez, Pulido, Hernandez, Ponce, Brizuela, Aquino, Pena, Talavera

The referee is Pedro Proenca from Portugal.

As ever we welcome your thoughts, predictions and general musings ahead of what promises to be a seriously entertaining contest - nick.hext@bskyb.com is the place for your contributions.

Hello and welcome to our live interactive text commentary of the World Cup last-16 clash between Holland and Mexico in Fortaleza. Both sides have played a major role in making this one of the most exciting international tournaments for many years, and there's very little to suggest these attack-minded teams will change their policy now. The Dutch racked up 10 goals en route to winning Group B, while Mexico held Brazil to a 0-0 draw, as well as beating Croatia and Cameroon in Group A.

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