Inter Milan reignite interest in Manchester United star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Inter Milan is fast becoming an attractive destination for good players all over the world. There is a typical unrest in Italy at the moment, with clubs like Juventus, Roma and AC Milan facing the prospects of losingtheir star players to big clubs in Europe.
Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has went public with his disappointment over how he was treated by former United manager David Moyes last season.
The 26-year-old only made six starts in the Premier League last year and had to settle for 18 appearances from substitutes bench as Moyes preferred to use Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck ahead of him.
In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded.
Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world championship (and first as a unified national side), we've put together a final team of the tournament that represents the best starting XI.
Miguel Herrera received a contract extension set to leave him as head of El Tri until 2018 as the Mexican Football Federation announced today. Herrera recently lead the Mexican National team to the knock-out stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after El Tri was close struggled to qualify for the World Cup itself.
Spotted hanging in the streets of Mexico by Xeu Deportes, some jilted Mexican fan has seen fit to make themselves an Arjen Robben piñata on which to thrash out their frustrations after the wilting Dutchman dived to con Holland a penalty against El Tri back in the last 16.
Okay, so a come from behind victory? Check. Late drama? Check. A Louis van Gaal game changing substitution? Check. A Guillermo Ochoa wonder save? Check and check. It's just standard fare for this World Cup.
For a large portion of this game Mexico was the better side and were only a few minutes away from qualifying for the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time on foreign soil.
Mexico had become a darling of this World Cup of surprises, and Miguel Herrera had become a darling because of his antics. Mexican soccer was back, and with every bit of optimism surrounding the camp they thought they could finally put their Round of 16 hoodoo behind them. Except it caught up with them again, and it was the first time that Herrera made a decision that ended up biting him that caused Mexico's downfall.
Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Two in the last two minutes sees Dutch through to quarters - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Netherlands managed to come back from a goal down with only two minutesremaining to beat Mexico and reach the quarter finals, withKlaas Jan Huntelaar's stoppage time penalty sending Louis van Gaal's side through.
Yes he was clearly touched(not a foul) by Marquez boot-to-boot, but don't you dare go giving us any bullplop about contact and/or the existencethereof measures were desperate, Arjen Robben conspired to dive in the area, Mexico were grifted, Huntelaar buried it and Holland are through to the quarters.
Netherlands striker Arjen Robben did it again. The Dutch footballer, who is undoubtedly one of the best footballers in the world, accentuated a trip by Rafa Marquez in the penalty area late in the game against Mexico to win a penalty for the Dutch. With the game at 1-1, Klaas jan Huntelaar stepped to take the penalty and put the ball into the back of the net to win the match for the Dutch.
Netherlands midfielderWesley Sneijder scored in the 88th minute to break the hearts of Mexico supporters, and to send the game to a thrilling finish before Rafa Marquez tripped Arjen Robben in the box, resulting in a penalty for the Dutch. Klaas Jan Huntelaar then struck the ball into the corner of the net, to win the match 2-1 and send Netherlands to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Mexico's impressive run at the World Cup is over after the Group A runner-ups blew a late lead to fall 2-1 to Group B winners Netherlands in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match in Fortaleza, Brazil on Sunday afternoon. Giovanni Dos Santos gave Mexico an early second half lead, but Wesley Sneijder equalized in the 88th minute and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted a stoppage time penalty kick to send the Dutch through to the Quarterfinals.
Guillermo Ochoa made another sensational reflex save Sunday in the World Cup Round of 16 match against Holland.
Memo Ochoa, who has been one of the stars of Mexico's World Cup team, came up big with a save from a shot by Holland's Stefan de Vrij. The shot, which was from close range, resulted from a corner that floated in to the box from Arjen Robben, but Ochoa was quick to the task and deflected the shot with his fingertips, which resulted in the ball hitting the post and away for safety.
Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos scored a fantastic goal against Holland on Sunday to put El Tri 1-0 in the lead in the World Cup Round of 16 game.
Dos Santos's goal in the 62nd minute was a long range effort that he shot into the lower corner of the net. The goal will come as a little bit of justice after Dos Santos had two goals unfairly disallowed in Mexico's first game against Cameroon.
The key battle that can decide the Netherlands Mexico round of 16 World Cup game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After impressing viewers with their level of football, and certainly surprising many experts who were of the belief that the Dutch would disappoint and fail, the Netherlands are looking ahead at their round of 16 game having topped their group and finished as top scorers in the group stage.
The round of 16 has begun and brought plenty of drama along with it. This tournament continues to spoil us, a shootout and a flamboyant display of individual brilliance on Saturday followed by another heavyweight clash on Sunday.
The early kickoff this Sunday will see the most high profile clash yet of this World Cup's dominant formation, the 3-5-2.
Not so long ago, Andrés Guardado was the most notable Mexican in the club game. Given what's happened over the last four years, the memory's been relegated to a footnote, but the span is still there: A small window in the wake of Rafa Márquez's fade at Barcelona and Pavel Pardo's departure from Stuttgart where Guardado's place in Spain made him as prominent as any Mexican player in Europe.
The pomp and circumstance has passed. We “Dos a Cero”-d Mexico otra vez. Tied them at Azteca (and won a year earlier there), and bailed their asses out all the way from Panama. We can close the book on that Gold Cup embarrassment from 2011, shelve it and let it gather dust. Right now there need not be any U.
Yesterday two matches between Concacaf and UEFA teams ended with a victory for each of their representatives.For a long time it seemed that Mexico would be able to upset the Dutch, leading 1-0 until almost the end of the match. It was not an impressive Dutch side, which is not looking unbeatable any longer.
Controversy and tension. Isn't that what you want out of the second round? Well, you got it today and more!
Sunday's Matches Netherlands 2 Mexico 1
The absolute agony that was the 30 minutes thinking that Mexico could make the quarterfinals outside their own country, and have a decent shout to be the first CONCACAF team to make the semis in the modern era, was so worth it after watching them spit it up in the last five minutes.
CONCACAF Thunder was halted, for a moment. Leading 1-0 heading into the 89th minute, the Mexican National Team was sent packing by a determined Netherlands. Wesley Sneider brought the game level at 1-1 in the 88th minute and then six minutes of stoppage time were shown by the fourth official. Rafael Marquez was judged by the ref to have brought down Arjen Robben in the box in the 90+4th minute
Liverpool are in hot pursuit of Mexico left-back Miguel Layun, according to Mexican newspaper Fichajes. The 26-year old - who currently plays his football at Club America - has been another player who has shone on the World Cup stage following a string of impressive performances for Mexico in Brazil.
Mexico was two minutes away from advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986 but the final five minutes saw a thunderbolt from Wesley Sneijder and a controversial penalty from Klaas Jan Hunterlaar that were enough to see Holland into the quarter-final instead. The Dutch will take on the winner of Costa Rica vs.
Let's get one thing out of the way first: Arjen Robben blatantly took a dive in the 92nd minute of today's round of 16 matchup between Mexico and the Netherlands. The dive was rewarded with a penalty, which Klaus Jan Huntelaar coverted, and Mexico lost the game as a result. Robben is a cheater who...