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Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa reacts after Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder scores his side's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Holland won 2-1 and advanced to the quarterfinal. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen fails to make a save as Mexico's Giovani dos Santos scores the opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Netherlands' Robin van Persie takes a shot on goal ahead of Mexico's Rafael Marquez during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Mexico's Rafael Marquez, left, fouls Netherlands' Arjen Robben inside the penalty box during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Mexico's Hector Herrera, center, challenges for the ball with Netherlands' Stefan de Vrij, left, and Ron Vlaar during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

by Kieran Canning

The Netherlands scored twice in the dying minutes through Wesley Sneijder and a Klaas Jan Huntelaar penalty to move into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Mexico today.

In a match conditioned by the baking heat and humidity in Fortaleza, Giovani dos Santos looked to have Mexico on the way to their first quarter-final appearance on foreign soil when he opened the scoring three minutes into the second-half.

And after Robben was adjudged by Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca to have been clipped by Marquez in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the Schalke striker coolly stroked home the resulting penalty to eliminate Mexico at the last 16 stage for a sixth consecutive World Cup.

Sapa-AFP

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