Mexico will meet the Netherlands in a Wednesday friendly at Amsterdam Arena in a rematch of the controversial Round of 16 World Cup elimination match more than five months ago that sent Mexico home after Arjen Robben’s late penalty kick.
''We were eliminated because of an invented penalty,” said Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera after the June 29 match which saw the Dutch advance to the quarterfinals, 2-1. ''We are going home now and so should the referee.''
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez appeared to barely touch Robben’s toe in the box during stoppage time, and substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would go on to score the decisive goal from the penalty spot. On Monday, Herrera remained adamant that Mexico was unjustly eliminated.
“I still say the referee made a decisive mistake,” Herrera said. “You can imagine how that feels during the World Cup.”
The Netherlands would go on to the semifinals, before falling to Argentina on penalty kicks.
The upcoming match will be a meaningful one for the Netherlands due to a looming Euro 2016 qualifier. Head coach Guus Hiddink said he will resign if his side loses to Latvia on Sunday. The Oranje have already suffered defeats to Czech Republic and Iceland, and are currently in third place in Group A.
Hiddink will be without one of his top attacking players on Tuesday. Manchester United's Robin van Persie, who is recovering from a “minor injury,” will sit out the match against Mexico in preparation for Latvia.
Mexico welcomes back a high-scoring forward after a prolonged absence. Carlos Vela, the former Arsenal striker who has experienced a resurgence with Real Sociedad, is on El Tri's roster for the first time since 2011.
There will be many Europe-based faces on Herrera’s 23-man squad, including a pair playing in the Eredivisie. Winger Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, who plays for FC Twente, and Andres Guardado, who is on loan at PSV, are expected to see playing time.
La Liga stars are also on the roster. Former Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, who currently plays for Villareal, returns to El Tri after a two-year absence. Giovani dos Santos, also of Villareal, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who has three goals in five appearances for Real Madrid, have also made the trip.
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Enrique Perez (Atlas), Luis Venegas (Atlas), Paul Aguilar (America), Miguel Ponce (Toluca), Miguel Herrera (Pachuca), George Corral (Queretaro), Oswaldo Alanis (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Porto)
Midfielders: Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal), Adrian Aldrete (Santos Laguna), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jesus Corona (Twente), Andres Guardado (PSV), Alfonso Gonzalez (Atlas)
Forwards: Raul Jimenez (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid), Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal)
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord)
Defenders: Bruno Martins Indi (Porto), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Stefan de Vrij (Lazio), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Jetro Willems (PSV)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Olympiakos), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
Forwards: Luuk De Jong (PSV) Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Prediction: Netherlands over Mexico, 3-2
Start Time: 2:30 PM ET
TV Channel: ESPN 2
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