Costa Rica

23:56: Costa Rica's fairytale continues, they will progress to the quarter-finals where they will face Netherlands.

Umana scores! Costa Rica are in thew quarter-finals of the World Cup!

23:55: If Umana scores this, Costa Rica go through.

Gekas misses! What a brilliant save from Diaz! It remains Costa Rica 4-3 Greece

Campbell scores! Confidently slots into the bottom left hand corner. Costa Rica 4-3 Greece

Holevas scores! Fires one into the top right corner. Perfect penalty. Costa Rica 3-3 Greece

Gonzalez scores! Just about, that is. Costa Rica 3-2 Greece

Christodoulopoulos scores! Costa Rica 2-2 Greece

Ruiz scores! Fires it into the top right corner. Costa Rica 2-1 Greece

Mitroglou scores! Sends Diaz the other way with a well taken spot kick. Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

Borges scores! Straight into the roof of the net. Costa Rica 1-0 Greece

11:47: Costa Rica will take the first penalty. Borges steps up.

11:45: Greek coach Fernando Santos has been sent to the stands after arguing with the officials.

11:41: And this will go to penalties!


11:37: Frenetic finish to this game, no one has the legs to keep going but the ball continues to ping from end to end! Campbell tries to move forward on the break but he just can't run anymore and Greece win the ball back and lump it into the box. It falls to Mitroglou but his scuffed effort is sent wide! Diaz may have got something on that but what a chance that was to win the game!

11:35: Mitroglou advances and after a neat step over dances his way past his marker. Just a shame the resulting shot is absolutely awful

11:31: Holevas breaks into inside the Costa Rican box but Acosta just about knocks the ball away on the sliding challenge.

11:29: Joel Campbell takes a Costa Rican corner but Greece immediately break and it's five on two! Gekas leads the charge with options left, right and ahead of him and he eventually slides the ball to the right Christodoulopoulos whose effort is again well saved by Diaz.

11:27: Campbell again reaches into his energy reserves to brilliantly take down a ball and battle his way past two Greek shirts before being blocked off. Costa Rica have a free kick but fail to trouble the opposition with it with Gonzalez ending the move with a hugelt ambition overhead kick.

11:25: Greece advance into the box and play through Gekas but again Diaz comes out bravely to intercept and gets a knock for his trouble. The shot stopper appears to be struggling with his knee but is alright to hoof away the resulting free kick.

11:24: Costa Rica with an early chance! Brenes gets beyond the last man down the inside right channel and lashes one towards the top corner, but he can't get his effort on target.

11:23: After a short break we are back underway. 15 minutes until penalties.


11:20: Campbell suddenly summons a bit of energy as he is slipped into space down the inside right channel but he ball intendred for Ruiz in the box is excellently intercepted by Kostas Katsouranis.

11:18: Joel Campbell doesn't look like he'd be able to swing his leg back to take a penalty at the minute. The forward looks dead on his feet.

11:15: The ball is pinged into Mitroglou who has his back to goal and must take his eye of the ball as he attempted first such is dire. In attempting to win the ball back he leaves a foot in on Cubero.

11:13: A brilliant block from Gonzalez! Another dangerous free kick is floated into the box from the left that Gekas retrieves. He tries to work the ball back across goal but it pinballs off defenders before falling nicely for Katsouranis, but the Costa Rican defender just about nicks the ball off his toe with the goal gaping. Greece firmly in control at the minute.

11:10: Christodoulopoulos advances down the inside right channel and skips past two challenges neatly. He has a teammate rushing in towards the back post but his attempted delivery is dire and the chance is gone.

11:05: Early chance for Greece in extra time! An inviting ball is swung in from the right with Mitroglou stretching to get on the end of it but his marker applies enough pressure to put the striker off and he sends it over the bar.

11:02: Extra time is ready to go. Both teams have used all three subs but Diaz looks to have recovered from that knock he suffered towards the end of normal time.


Costa Rica 1-1 Greece

10:55: Diaz is down receiving treatment.

10:53: And Mitroglou nearly wins it! He leaps onto a cross from the right and flicks a header towards goal only for Diaz to palm it over the bar!

10:52: Greece strike in stoppage time aagain! A ball is pumped onto the box towards Gekas who does well to shrug off his man and fire on goal. Diaz makes the save but it's parried straight to Sokratis who drills it into the back of the net.

Goal! Costa Rica 1-1 Greece (Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 90)

10:50: Christodoulopoulos dances past his man near the byline and cuts into the box from the right. He fizzes a dangerous ball into the dangerous zone and Diaz gets a bit of luck and gathers at the second time of asking.

10:48: Costa Rica again advance forward on the counter and Ruiz is found in the box. With none of his teammates daring to leave their defensive positions the former Fulham forward does brilliantly to swerve past two men and head for the corner flag, where he draws a foul out of Karagounis.

10:46: Greece pump another ball into the box but it breaks rather luckily for Costa Rica who have a chance to move forward on the counter through Acosta. He attempts to switch the ball to the right but his execution is rubbish and Greece have the ball back.

10:44: Torosidis plays a brilliant diagonal ball from right to left into Gekas who is bursting into the box but the striker can't take the ball under control and it rolls out for a goal kick.

10:40: Greece have a free kick dead centre about 30 yards out from goal. Karagounis is feeling confident about this one. I don't know why, he lashes it a good 15 feet over the cross bar.

10:39: Costa Rica are looking increasingly shakey here. Holevas again finds space down the flank and drives ball across goal but Gekas can only flick out a knee and heads out for a goal kick.

10:36: Manolas is shown a yellow card for a crunching challenge from behind on Joel Campbell. Moments later the Arsenal man is found in space down the inside right channel but is penalised for a handball. Harsh.

10:34: From the resulting free kick Greece work the ball into the box, forcing Navas to come off his line to claim. He can't quite manage that however and flaps before his teammate gets back to hoof the ball to safety. Didn't really matter anyway, replays show three Greek players were in offside positions when that ball came in.

10:32: Ruiz is shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away after Greece were awarded a free kick. With just less than 20 minutes remaining, it may be a little early to start running the clock down.

10:30: Another change for Greece as Gekas comes on for Salpingidis. A goal behind with a one man advantage; surely Greece will go all out in attack now?!

10:29: From the resulting free kick from a good position out on the left Samaras connects with a header in the box but again cannot get the direction on it.

10:27: Costa Rica are down to 10 men! After being fairly booked about 10 minutes ago Duarte slides in late on Jose Holebas and the referee has no hesitation in reaching for the yellow again to be followed by a red. He can have no complaints.

RED CARD - Oscar Duarte (Costa Rica)

10:19: The Costa Rican goalkeeper on the bench was shown a yellow card for some unknown reason a few moments ago. Greece have responded by bringing on Kostas Mitroglou for Samaris.

10:16: Costa Rica should have a penalty! With no intention of sitting back they are straight on the attack after their opener down the left, pumping a ball into the box where Samaras is rushing to get onto the end of it but it appeared to be turned away by the hand of Vasilis Torosidis!

10:14: Over to you, Greece. They simply have no choice but to attack the opposition now or they are going home.

10:13: Costa Rica have their goal! Bolanos does well battling his way into the box from the left and slides the ball back across goal to Ruiz who sweeps it into the bottom left corner from just inside the box.

Goal! Costa Rica 1-0 Greece (Bryan Ruiz, 52)

10:11: Cholevas has been by some margin Greece's best outlet and again it;s his good work out on the wing that forces a corner. It's a shame it comes to absolutely nothing

10:09: Costa Rica's Tejeda is the first name in the book after clattering in late on Karagounis.

10:07: Greece have the first chance of the half after winning a free kick from a dangerous position out on the left flank, Cholevas swings in another decent pass that Samaras meets in the box with a firm header, but the Celtic striker can't get any direction on it and it's planted straight into the arms of Diaz.

10:04: And Greece get us started for the second half.

10:02: Both teams are back out on the pitch for the second half. Not the greatest opening 45 minutes we've seen from this competition and I'm going to make a bold shout and suggest things won't drastically change in the second half with extra time and penalties to follow.


Costa Rica 0-0 Greece

9:47: Greece have a throw in deep in Costa Rica's half but it is absolutely wasted as it's immediately played to someone in an offside position. Rubbish.

9:46: Greece pushing a few more men forward in the closing minutes here. The ball is worked in from the right to Samaras who has a couple of Costa Rican defenders for company. With his back to goal he slides the ball back to Samaris who is running onto it from outside the area but hit tame effort takes a deflection and goes out for a throw in.

9:44: Karagounis takes but it;s over hit and Navas comes out to comfortably claim.

9:42: Greece have a free kick from about 35 yards out that Karagounis is standing over. They'll have a great chance if the can whip this in right with just a few minutes of the half remaining.

9:37: A brilliant save from Costa Rica's Navas denies Greece! An oustanding cross from Cholevas from deep on the left finds Salpingidis coming in at the far post. He sticks out a toe to direct it goal bound but Navas is out quickly and gets enough on it to deflect it around the post.

9:34: So far, this contest hasn't errupted into the goal-laden thriller we were all expecting.

9:32: Cholevas is put into space down the left flank and does well to cut past his man before sending a cross in that is just too high for Samaras. The ball is worked back into the middle from the right but Samaras is ruled offside.

9:27: With his back to goal, Campbell recieves the ball and attempts to wriggle his way around Papastathopoulos. The centre half wins the duel excellently. Campbell appeals for a foul but both men were pulling away at each other.

9:23: Bolanos swings an inviting cross across the face of goal but despite two of his teammates leaping to glance it over the line, it bypasses everyone and Greece get the goal kick.

9:21: Excellent again from Campbell who receives a throw in from the right, drops a shoulder to ease past his man and cuts into the box before he is cynically blocked by Karagounis. Referee says it was just outside the area however and Costa Rica settle for a free kick.

9:19: Great work from Campbell as he chases down the ball, forcing a Greek error before sliding in brilliantly to hook the ball wide for Ruiz who has pulled out onto the left. He slides a ball into the middle where Campbell has continued his run but the cross isn't a precise one and the chance is gone.

9:16: The corner is swung in to Sokratis Papastathopoulos who is umarked in the area, but he can only glance the ball well wide.

9:14: Greece suddenly have the ball in the final third with Holebas who slides the ball down the inside left channel for Samaras who tries to sweep a ball across goal but it's cleared for a corner.

9:13: Both sides have been rather sloppy in their efforts so far, failing to keep hold of the ball.

9:11: Another good opening from Costa Rica there who look far the brighter side in the opening stages. Greece lose possession in their own half and Campbell is on it in a flash, slipping the ball through to Ruiz who then plays the ball along to Bolanos inside the left hand side of the box, but the Copenhagen midfielder thrashes a shot over the bar.

9:07: With Greece, as you may have expected, flooding the midfield, Costa Rica's best chances are coming on the counter. Joel Campbell leads the latest effort, cutting from left to right but is unable to pick a pass out for Ruiz.

9:03: Greece make the first meaningful attack of the game and win a free kick about 30 yards out from goal. Karagounis takes it and thumps it into the Costa Rican wall and Christodoulopoulos skies the rebound.

9:00: And Costa Rica get the ball rolling for us, we are underway!

8:45: Joel Campbell leads the line once again for Costa Rica this evening with Bryan Ruiz floating in the space to his right behind him. Here's a quick reminder of those teams as both sides make their way out onto the pitch.

Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz, Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos, Campbell

Subs: Pemberton, Acosta, Myrie, Barrantes, Francis, Granados, Brenes, Miller, Calvo, Urena, Cubero, Cambronero.

Greece: Karnezis, Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Maniatis, Christodoulopoulos, Samaris, Samaras

Subs: Glykos, Tzavelas, Moras, Tziolis, Kone, Mitroglou, Vyntra, Gekas, Fetfatzidis, Katsouranis, Tachtsidis, Kapino.

8:35: Both sides are looking to make it into the final eight of the World Cup for the first time in thier histories.

8:20: The winner of tonight's game faces the daunting prospect of Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side. 1-0 down to Mexico with three minutes of normal time remaining, Wesley Sneijder netted a dramatic equaliser before Arjen Robben, who again tormented the opposition, was brought down by Rafael Marquez in the third minute of added time. Klaas Jan Huntelaar stepped up to slot home and un turn, break Mexican hearts.

Brazil v Colombia is our other quarter-final.


Costa Rica: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz, Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

Greece: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Christodoulopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Samaris

TEAM NEWS: After resting Christian Bolanos and Michael Umana in the dull 0-0 draw with England the pair return to Costa Rica's starting line up this evening.

TEAM NEWS: Greece meanwhile have made just one change to the side that beat Ivory Coast with Andreas Samaris handed a starting role after coming off the bench to open the scoring in their final group game.

8:06: We are back in Recife for tonight's match where torrential rain battered the city last week and almost threatened the kick off time of Germany v USA last week. There are none of those issues this evening, however.

7:50: After failing to score in their first two group games Greece suddenly came alive in their decider with Ivory Coast and a dramatic last minute penalty for Giorgio Samaras was enough to put the 2004 European Championship winners through to the knock out stages. Costa Rica meanwhile have already ammassed a formidable list of scalps having sent Italy, England and (although somewhat indirectly) Uruguay crashing out. But in Greece they face an opponent even more unfancied than themselves.

7:40: Our focus will now shift to our second last 16 clash of the evening as Costa Rica take on Greece. We will have all your team news and build-u coming up soon.

6:58: This World Cup just refuses to do things simply. Netherlands, for the third time in this competiton, have come from behind to seal a spot in the quarter-finals in the most dramatic of circumstances and end Mexico's thrilling campaign. Two goals in four minutes, a thunderbolt from Wesley Sneijder and a penalty from Klaas Jan Huntelaar, were enough to break Mexican hearts. Manchester United fans will have to wait at least another week for Louis van Gaal to arrive at Old Trafford as his and Netherlands' hopes of reaching a second consecutive final burn brighter.


Netherlands 2-1 Mexico

6:56: Mexico are shattered here, but are still pushing. Aquino is found in space on the inside right channel and nearly catches as the Dutch goalkeeper out with a lobbed effort that he may or may not have meant. He catches, however, and surely the final whistle will follow.

6:54: Huntelaar breaks Mexican hearts! The Schalke striker calmly steps up and slots it into the bottom left corner, sending Ochoa the wrong way. Added time is up, surely that is it

Goal! Netherlands 2-1 Mexico (Klaas Jan Huntelaar, 90+2)

6:52: Robben reaches the byline on the right brilliantly and tries to skip inside but has his leg clipped by a tired challenge from Marquez. The ref immediately points to the spot!

PENALTY - Netherlands

6:50: Sneijder had endured a fairly woeful afternoon up until that. He set piece execution is dire, his passing was ineffective and was making the wrong decisions but he has rectified that with an excellent strike.

6:48: Sneijder saves Netherlands with three minutes of normal time remaining! A corner from the right is swung in and it is met by Huntelaar, who opts to head it back across goal. The ball rolls across goal where Sneijder, from just inside the box absolutely lashes a superb effort into the bottom corner.

Goal! Netherlands 1-1 Mexico (Wesley Sneijder, 87)

6:45: Another tremendous save from Ochoa! The referee had already blown his whistle but he certainly didn't know that. A ball is lifted into the danger zone from the right and Huntelaar gambles on it. He doesn't get the strongest connection on the ball but it would have been enough to score, had Ochoa but rushed out, making himself huge to make the save. Both the striker and Martins Indi were in offside positions.

6;42: Mexican have largely dominated possession since the restart but the Dutch finally get a break as Rodriguez tries to swap shirts with Robben a tad early.

6:38: And we are back underway. Netherlands need a goal or they will be going home. Salcido has an effort almost straight away as he barges his way into the box and unleashes an effort that sails over the bar.

6:36: And it is time for our second water break. Robin van Persie has just come off and has been replaced by Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

6:35: Close again! The corner finds Vlaar who has escaped from his man but he thumps his header way over the bar.

6:33: Ochoa denies Netherlands again! Robben suddenly accelerates past his man into the box from the right and skips past a lunging challenge from Marquez. He's forced a little wide but his low effort is still well blocked by Ochoa. Dutch corner.

6:28: Robben is down again just inside the penalty area after dancing his way in from the right again. He goes down far too easily from the first challenge from Layun after leaving his leg hanging out but as he gets up to retrieve the ball he does seem to be caught by the outstretched leg of another Mexican defender. The ball rolls out of play and the referee awards the goal kick, however.

6:25: Holland continue to drive down the right flank with their latest effort finding Robin van Persie in the box, but he is dilligently pursued by his marker who keeps to his man and even wins the goal kick for his side.

6:22: Robben dances his way in from the right and dinks a diagonal ball over three players into the box. Sneijder is at full stretch as he tries to pull it out of the air but can't quite get there and Ochoa collects.

6:21: Aquino comes on for goalscorer dos Santos.

6:19: This is better from Netherlands. Mexico lose possession in the corner while mounting an attack allowing Kuyt to nick possession and launch the counter. He slides the ball infield before its returned back to the right where Robben is cutting inside. He shapes to shoot, feints and slips it to Sneijder who is waiting on the edge of the D but his shot deflects out. Herrera clears the resulting corner.

6:17: What an outstanding save by Ochoa! Robben thumps a corner into the box that fashes across goal where De Vrij flicks it on goal, only for the Mexican shot stopper to react superbly and bat it off the line onto the post. Mexico survive.

6:15: van Gaal makes changes immediately after that goal, Memphis Depay comes on for Verhaegh.

6:12: The intense heat means Netherlands' task of fighting their way back into this game has been made all the more difficult. They win a free kick but it's fired straight into the wall by Sneijder, who has had a disappointing campaign.

6:07: What a goal from dos Santos! De Vrij attempts to clear a ball but proceeds to just send it high into the sky. Dos Santos takes it down on his chest with his back to goal about 25 yards from goal, knocks the ball infield a couple of yards and on the bounce lashes a beautiful half volley into the right hand corner of the net. Sublime goal!

Goal! Netherlanda 0-1 Mexico (Giovani dos Santos)

6:04: And we are back underway for the second half. Moreno, who injured himself in that challenge on Robben at the end of the first half, has been replaced by Reyes.

5:52: Also in that challenge involving Robben Moreno injured himself and has been taken off on a stretcher.

5:50: Wow, replays suggest Louis van Gaal and Netherlands can have every right to be miffed with that decision on the stroke of half time. The manner in which Robben fell to the floor may not have helped his cause but there was definite contact following challenges from both Mexican centre halves. There should have been a penalty awarded.


Netherlands 0-0 Mexico

5:48: Netherlands want a penalty! Mexico sloppily give the ball away about 30 yards out from goal and Robin van Persie is on it in a flash, sliding a ball through to Robben who is ahead of him. The Bayern star drives into the box and appears to fouled not once, but twice by Marquez and then Moreno. The referee isn't interested, however.

5:46: Four minutes of time added on, the Dutch looked positively knackered in this heat.

5:45: Martins Indi seemed to give Dos Santos a bit of a kicking while the Mexican was on the floor there. Not that the referee noticed.

5:43: Herrera neatly flicks a ball through to Guardado whose slipped in between the two Dutch centre halves but his effort to control the ball sees it cannon off his knee and out of his reach. Dos Santos cuts across to retireve the loose ball and from a tight angle drills one on goal, but it's straight at the Dutch goalkeeper.

5:40: Better play from the Dutch as they probe patiently before a neat ball is slipped through the overlapping Kuyt on the left by Rafael Marquez comes across to make a crucial interception.

5:37: Layun again finds space down the left with ease and stands up a ball towards the back post but there are no Mexican shirts in the both and the ball sails out to safety.

5:34: And we are back underway.

5:31: Netherlands move the ball around nicely but without much intent to slice through the opposition. Wesley Sneijder's touch lets him down and fouls his opponent in trying to chase the ball down and with that, the ref blows his whistle, bringing us our first official water break of the World Cup.

5:27: Netherlands ping a ball over the Mexican defence that Robin van Persie hopefully chases onto. He does excellently to pluck the ball out of the air but from a tight angle he can't get his shot on target and lashes into the side netting.

5:24: Herrera has enjoyed an excellent start to the half in particularly, as has Layun who has troubled the Dutch full back every time he has isolated him on the left wing. The Dutch back three has already had one or two nervy moments.

5:22: Mexico have started very brightly to this half and firmly the better side at the minute.

5:20: And another half chance for Mexico! Herrera battles to get onto the end of ball swung in diagonally from the right and bravely tries to head the ball on just inside the box. Both Martins Indi and Ron Vlaar are either side of him and the latter catches the Mexican in the head with a high boot as he tries to hack the ball clear. Dangerous challenge from the Villa defender but the referee awards nothing.

5:18: Mexico close to unlocking Netherlands there! Peralta and dos Santos both have chances to take on the chance inside the Dutch box after a long diagonal ball but instead the ball finds Herrera who tries to drag a low effort into the bottom corner but sees his effort drift wide.

5:15: Robben receives the ball just outside the Mexican penalty area and jinks his way past his marker as he cuts inside the box. From the left hand side he tries to dig out a cross but Marquez intercepts, with his hand, according to Robben. He appeals but the referee isn't interested.

5:11: Miguel Layun is picked out on Mexico's left flank and brilliantly bursts past his marker before fizzing a glorious cross across the face of goal. That was simply begging for someone to leap onto and tap home but there's no one in a green shirt gambling.

5:09: Louis van Gaal has made a change already, Bruno Martins Indi, who suffered a concussion in the grouo stages, has come off the bench to replace Nigel de Jong after just nine minutes. He slots into the back line with Daley Blind moving into midfield. The former Man City midfielder didn't appear to be injured and doesn't look too pleased.

5:08: Netherlands win a free kick just inside the Mexico half and Sneijder pumps it into the box, but Mexico comfortably clear.

5:06: Mexico have haf a couple of efforts from range with Aguilar the latest to have a go but low efforts rolls harmlessly wide.

5:04: Robin van Persie drops deep and recieves he the ball and tries to thread one through to Robben, but the ball is overhit and Ochoa collects.

5:02: Holland enjoying the greater share of possession at the moment and in the soaring heat of Fortaleze, the tempo is noticeably slower. It's very much a 5-3-2 from van Gaal in these opening stages.

5:00: And Mexico get us started for the first half

4:55: And the national anthems are underway.

4:52: Both teams are making their way out onto the pitch as kick off approaches. Here's a quick reminder of those teams again in full

Holland: Cillessen, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder. Van Persie, Robben

Subs: Vorm, Krul, Martins Indi, Janmaat, De Guzman, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Memphis.

Mexico: Ochoa, Rodríguez, Salcido, Márquez, Herrera, Layún, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar.

Subs: Corona, Talavera, Reyes, Fabián, Jiménez, Pulido, Hernández, Ponce, Brizuela, Aquino, Peña, Vázquez.

4:45: Dirk Kuyt will win his 100th Dutch cap this afternoon. During his time at Liverpool the man who was considered one the finest goal scorers in the Eredivisie once upon a time redefined himself a a defensive striker. Since then he's continued to play further back in the team and starts at wing back today.

4:38: Temperatures in Forteleza are soaring this afternoon and there are already plans in place for a water break a half an hour into each half.

4:30: Brazil and Colombia have already booked their place in the quarter-finals and will meet this Friday while Netherlands' breathless start to this tournament sees them considered favourites to join them ahead of kick off. We've seen Louis van Gaal's side attack at will and slice through the opposition as we saw against Spain, but we've also seen them contain and strike on the counter against Chile. The Dutch coach provided a tactical masterclass in that final group game and may choose to deploy a similar game plan against Miguel Herrera's well drilled side.


Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Wijnaldum.

Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar.

4:10: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez remains on the bench this afternoon. Miguel Herrera didn't beat around the bush when asked of the 26-year-old's absence from the starting XI during the group stages; his lack of football at club level means he is no longer one of Mexico's top 11 players.

TEAM NEWS: Carlos Salcido steps into Miguel Herrera's in place of Jose Vasquez who is banned. Otherwise it is the same Mexican side that thrashed Croatia in their final group game.

TEAM NEWS: Dutch skipper Robin van Persie returns to the starting line up after serving a suspension in the 2-0 win over Chile. Bruno Martins Indi is also fit again but starts the game on the bench.

3:40: With three wins out of three, Louis van Gaal's side have arguably been the stand out team in Brazil over the past two weeks. But the Dutch blitzing through the group stages of major international tournaments isn't an uncommon sight. Whether this current side has the drive and discipline required to reach a second consecutive final remains to be seen, but seeing off the challenge of Miguel Herrera's resolute Mexico side will go some one in proving they are equipped to do just that.

3:30: Two down, six to go. On Saturday the knock out stages of the World Cup got off to a breathless start as Chile came within the width of the crossbar of eliminating Brazil, before suffering defeat on penalties. James Rodriguez would then light up this competition once again with the strike of the competition as Colombia's electric campaign continued at the expense of the downtrodden Uruguay.