Jun 29, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Netherlands
2-1
Mexico
Sneijder (88'), Huntelaar (90' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-0)
dos Santos (48')
Aguilar (69'), Marquez (90'), Guardado (90')

Arjen Robben apologises for diving against Mexico

Mexico's defender and captain Rafael Marquez and Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa react after the awarding of a penalty after a tackle on Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben during a Round of 16 football match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao S
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Arjen Robben apologises for diving during the Netherlands' 2-1 victory against Mexico in the last 16 of the World Cup.

Netherlands midfielder Arjen Robben has apologised for diving during his side's dramatic late victory against Mexico in Fortaleza.

The 30-year-old had several appeals for a spot kick turned down in the World Cup last-16 clash, before finally being awarded a penalty in injury time which was successfully converted by substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Robben insists that the referee got the decision correct, but admits that he went to ground too easily on one occasion in the first half.

"I have to be honest and must apologise," he is quoted as saying by Goal.com. "One of the moments in the first half was a dive. Sometimes you get kicked, but that was not the case at that particular moment. I shouldn't have done that and I'm really upset with myself about it. It was a silly action.

"The other one in the first half was a clear penalty. If that's not a spot kick, then what is? The one at the end was a just penalty call as well."

The Bayern Munich player has won five penalties in 14 Champions League and World Cup games this season.

Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands shoots and scores his team's first goal past Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014
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