Netherlands 2 - 1 Mexico

Match info: World Cup - Rnd 16 at Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo

Date: 29/06/2014 KO: 17:00 Ref: P Proenca Att: 58,817

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Holland

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 90+4 (pen)
Wesley Sneijder 88

2
vs
1

Mexico

Giovani dos Santos 48

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: June 30 2014, 1:21 BST

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera raged at Arjen Robben, the referee and FIFA after Holland's last-gasp victory in the World Cup round of 16.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera isn't very happy
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera isn't very happy

Herrera claimed Robben committed three dives, including for the decisive penalty, and criticised FIFA for appointing a referee from the same continent - Portugal's Pedro Proenca - as Holland won 2-1 in Fortaleza thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's stoppage time penalty, after Wesley Sneijder's 88th minute volley had equalised Giovani Dos Santos' goal.

The Mexico boss claimed his side had been victims of bad refereeing in their group matches against Cameroon and Croatia as well.

He told a news conference: "Out of the four matches here in all of them the refereeing was disastrous.

"Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned. You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat, and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off.

"And why did FIFA choose a referee from the same confederation as Holland instead of one from South America, Asia or Africa?

"The doubtful decisions were always against us. We have to say it in capital letters, in three matches we had horrible refereeing. The man with the whistle knocked us.

"I want the referee committee to take a look and that the referee goes home just like us."

Herrera also blasted organisers for making the teams play in the heat and humidity of a 1pm kick-off in Fortaleza.

He added: "What goes against football is to have to play in these conditions. The players were suffocated by the sun heat and the humidity."

Holland boss Louis van Gaal admitted he used FIFA's new official cooling breaks - allowed during certain temperatures or humidity levels - to instruct his players on a change of tactics.

He said: "I moved to a 'plan B' and yes I did that in the cooling break but that's a clever way of benefiting from these breaks."

Van Gaal, who will become Manchester United manager after the tournament, paid tribute to substitute Huntelaar's coolness under pressure.

He added: "Everyone knows Klaas Jan Huntelaar takes penalties at Schalke and there had been a foul against Robben, and he asked Huntelaar if he wanted to take it.

"He doesn't need any encouragement and he's very cool and did an excellent job."

Van Gaal confirmed that Nigel de Jong was substituted early on in the match with a groin injury and his tournament may be over.

The substitution of Robin van Persie 15 minutes from the end was for tactical reasons, however, and he will be available for the quarter-finals.