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 benefited from cooling break'

Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014
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Louis van Gaal admits that he used the World Cup's first cooling break to help the Netherlands pull off a dramatic turnaround against Mexico.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he used the World Cup's first cooling break to help his side pull off a dramatic victory against Mexico.

Oranje were 1-0 down with just two minutes of time remaining, before Wesley Sneijder's strike and a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar penalty turned the game on its head to send the Dutch into the quarter-finals.

The game in Fortaleza saw FIFA's pre-arranged three-minute breaks midway through each half used for the first time.

"Yes, I used the breaks," Van Gaal is quoted as BBC Sport. "First I had changed from 4-3-3 and then we created a lot of opportunities, the shot on the goalpost and a fantastic save by Ochoa. Then I moved to plan B and yes, I did that in the cooling break that is a clever way of benefiting from these breaks."

The Netherlands will now face the winner of tonight's meeting between Costa Rica and 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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