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

Half-Time Report: Slow going in Fortaleza heat between Netherlands, Mexico

Netherlands and Mexico cancel each other out in the first half of the World Cup last-16 tie in searing-hot Fortaleza.

Netherlands and Mexico cancelled each other out in the first half of this afternoon's World Cup last-16 tie in searing-hot Fortaleza.

The Dutch suffered an early blow when holding midfielder Nigel de Jong was forced off through injury, with Bruno Martins Indi on in his place and Daley Blind moving up into midfield.

Hector Herrera of Mexico goes for a header against Stefan de Vrij (L) and Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 match in Fortaleza on June 29, 2014© Getty Images

Mexico then had a spell on top that saw Hector Herrera drag a shot wide before he was denied the ball in the box by high foots from both Ron Vlaar and Stefan de Vrij. Mexico appealed for a penalty, but Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca didn't agree.

Netherlands had half-chances through Georginio Wijnaldum and Robin van Persie before Proenca blew his whistle for a cooling break just after the half-hour mark because of the heat and humidity in Brazil's North-Eastern corner.

Three minutes before the break Giovani dos Santos was presented with a shooting opportunity from a tight angle but couldn't get the better of Jasper Cillessen.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben is tackled by Mexico duo Hector Moreno and Rafael Marquez during the World Cup last-16 tie in Fortaleza on June 29, 2014© Getty Images

In added time at the end of the half Arjen Robben received a pass from Van Persie and seemed to be taken out by a combination of Rafael Marquez and Hector Moreno in the area, but once again Proenca opted against pointing to the spot.

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 Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the teams fifth goal with Wesley Sneijder during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014
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