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Soccer’s not known for its high-scoring action, so when a team is down even just one goal for most of the game, there’s a reason to get pessimistic if you’re a fan, and perhaps a little complacent if you’re the leading team. For Americans used to basketball’s back-and-forth scoring, it’s difficult to keep hope late into the game. However, if you keep your game face on, even late, this World Cup has demonstrated several times that things can turn around in an instant.
Case in point: Sunday’s Round of 16 match-up between Holland and Mexico.
Netherlands were down 1-0 to Mexico following this Giovani Dos Santos goal, which came after several close calls that Mexico failed to capitalize on:
However, after Stefan de Vrij missed this close range shot that seemingly bounced off of every post in the goal…
…Netherlands finally beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tied the match in the 88th minute, via Wesley Sneijder‘s lightning-fast strike off a corner kick:
And that’s when the tables turned. The Netherlands’ late goal shifted momentum drastically, allowing for an invigorated squad to keep the pressure on.
Then, late in injury time, Netherlands was awarded a penalty kick following this play against Arjen Robben:
And they made the most of it, as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sealed the deal with a very casual strike into the corner, giving Holland the 2-1 victory and a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, while sending Mexico and its very emotive coach packing.