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')

Louis van Gaal: 'Netherlands were lucky'

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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Louis van Gaal admits that his Netherlands team had an "escape" in the narrow 2-1 win over Mexico.

Louis van Gaal has admitted that his Netherlands team are lucky to remain in the World Cup following the dramatic 2-1 win over Mexico this evening.

The Oranje were minutes away from exiting the tournament to a Giovanni Dos Santos goal, only for Wesley Sneijder to drill home an 88th-minute equaliser.

Arjen Robben won a penalty in controversial circumstances minutes later, which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar duly dispatched to send the Dutch through to the quarter-finals, and Van Gaal admits that his side had an "escape".

"It was an escape yes, but in the second half we showed we could create many opportunities," he told reporters.

"It's always food for thought, we will analyse the next opponents and see what's best to do. It's not only to do with our qualities but also those of our opponents."

Van Gaal's side will face Costa Rica in the last-eight stage following their penalty shootout victory over Greece.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's second goal 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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