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Arjen Robben-Robin van Persie
Arjen Robben and Robin van PersieGetty Images

Netherlands will take on Mexico in the 2014 World Cup round-of-16 match, which will kick off from the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV and ITV HD. Live Radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Netherlands are flying high this World Cup. They have flown through the group stages with wins coming in all their games and they are also the team that has scored the maximum number of goals. The Dutch will be hoping to continue their blistering form against a team that could be favoured by the local conditions.

Louis van Gaal has implemented a new style for the Netherlands in this World Cup. The coach has gone with three central defenders and two wing-backs and set up the Dutch to play in a counter-attacking style ditching their 'total-football' method. Van Gaal will be glad with the return of captain Robin van Persie after he served a one-match ban against Chile.

Rafael Marquez
Mexico captain - Rafael MarquezGetty Images

Meanwhile, Mexico will come into the game hoping they can take advantage of the familiar conditions and overcome the Dutch to make it into the quarter finals for the first time since 1986, when the World Cup was hosted in their own country.

The Mexicans seem to be enjoying the tournament this far and seem to be in high spirits after beating Croatia 3-1 in their final group game.

Miguel Herrera has a fully fit squad at his disposal and will surely take the game to the Netherlands. The coach has become one of the most talked about personalities in the World Cup with his touchline celebrations during the victory against Croatia.

What Captains Say

Robin van Persie (Netherlands): "It's now a knockout. They played really well and remained unbeaten in their group. Even the hosts could not score against them. That speaks volumes about their abilities. Moreover, they will be playing in familiar conditions. We have to be more alert and best-prepared to face all sorts of situations. There is absolutely no scope for errors. We have to minimise our errors and try our best to capitalise on the errors of our opponents."

Rafael Marquez (Mexico): "Yes, I do [on Herrera staying on as manager], but I think now we have to focus on what's coming. (The Netherlands) are a huge team and, yes, they are a huge favourite. We are (doing) well and have done things well. Those who are substitutes are giving everything to try be in the team."


Netherlands 2 - 1 Mexico

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Netherlands: 11/10

Mexico: 13/5

Draw: 9/4

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Netherlands 2 – 0 Chile


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W L L
  • Last Result: Mexico 3 – 1 Croatia

Team News


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful:N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Cillessen; Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi; Blind, De Guzman, Sneijder, De Jong; Van Persie, Robben


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Ochoa; Aguilar, Moreno, Marquez, Rodriguez, Layun; Guardado, Vazquez, Herrera; Dos Santos, Peralta