Neither side could break the deadlock in what was a fairly laboured opening 45 minutes in the searing heat.
Read how it all unfolded in Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live commentary of the action below.
NETHERLANDS: Cillessen; Verhaegh, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, Kuyt; De Jong, Sneijder, Wijnaldum; Robben, Van Persie
MEXICO: Ochoa; Rodriguez, Moreno, Marquez; Aguilar, Herrera, Salcido, Guardado, Layun; Dos Santos, Peralta
Brilliant view in Fortaleza , big test in 30 degrees and 60% humidity for the Dutch, 1pm local time pic.twitter.com/dlcgHaWDlr— Steve Bower (@SteveBowercomm) June 29, 2014
Ice-cold towels for both teams, referees and some of coaching staff. Mexico coping better with heat, understandably pic.twitter.com/AU5d0a3QY0— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 29, 2014