Van Persie back for Dutch to terrorise Mexico

ROBIN VAN PERSIE returns to the Dutch attack to face Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday while Mexican defender Hector Moreno will lock horns with his former mentor Louis van Gaal.

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Netherlands vs. Mexico -  18.00
Costa Rica vs. Greece - 22.00

ROBIN VAN PERSIE returns to the Dutch attack to face Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday while Mexican defender Hector Moreno will lock horns with his former mentor Louis van Gaal.

Van Persie was suspended for the Netherlands’ 2-0 defeat of Chile in their final group match but will be back to partner Arjen Robben in the tournament’s deadliest attacking duo.

The pair scored three each during the group stage as the Dutch romped into the last 16 with three victories and 10 goals, more than any other team at the World Cup.

That rich vein of form makes them favourites against the Mexicans but their previous clashes have been remarkably even.

In six meetings, the Dutch have won three and the Mexicans two. Of the 22 goals in those matches - an average of nearly four a game - both sides scored 11 and their only previous meeting at the World Cup, in 1998, ended in a 2-2 draw.

In another game, Costa Rica is determined to score first when they tackle Greece in the World Cup last 16 in Recife.

Greece has developed a reputation over the years of being extremely hard to break down, particularly if they take the lead.

They have almost perfected the classic Italian system of catenaccio (bolt-lock) in which teams would play in an ultra-defensive way and hope to score a single goal on the counter-attack to take a lead they would then defend.

 

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