2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
Kickoff: Sunday, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Castelao Ė Fortaleza, Brazil
Netherlands -105, Mexico +280, Tie after Regulation +270
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over -105, Under -125)
The Netherlands went undefeated in Group B play and will now face Mexico in a win-or-go-home situation on Sunday.
The Netherlands have been one of the best teams in the entire World Cup and they will now have to defeat a Mexico team that has one of the hottest goaltenders in the entire tournament. Mexico looks to upset the Netherlands after allowing just one goal total in Group A play. Despite winning two of their matches, their most impressive contest was probably a tie against Brazil.
Right off the bat, the Netherlands made it known to the world that they were going to be a difficult out for anybody in this tournament. In their opening match of group play, the team blew out defending champion Spain 5-1, and followed that up with a 3-2 victory over Australia. In their final match of group play, they played a little less aggressive and defeated Chile 2-0. Against Mexico, they will need to generate some excellent chances. They will be going up against a goalie that is on fire and it will not be easy to beat them if they canít get any good looks.
Mexico didnít really impress many people in a 1-0 victory over Cameroon, but their next match against Brazil really put them on the map. Mexico came out of that game with a 0-0 tie, but Guillermo Ochoaís performance showed that it will be extremely difficult to defeat this team. He made some outstanding saves, and itís now in the heads of his opponents, as they know it will take a perfect opportunity to put a ball past him. In their third game, Mexico defeated Croatia 3-1 to advance, and they will now play against a Netherlands team that appeared to be very passive in their win over Chile. Mexico will need to come out and be aggressive early on to win.