MX23RW : Thursday, October 18 05:50:36
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')

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: 'I almost rejected penalty chance'

Netherlands striker Klaas Jan-Huntelaar reveals that he almost turned down the chance to take his match-winning penalty kick against Mexico.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has revealed that he almost turned down the chance to take his match-winning penalty against Mexico earlier today.

Oranje were heading for the World Cup exit door having found themselves a goal behind with just two minutes of normal time remaining in Recife.

However, Wesley Sneijder's strike, coupled with Huntelaar's penalty which was awarded when Arjen Robben was brought down in the box, secured a quarter-finals spot for the Dutch.

Following the game, the 30-year-old striker, who has missed four of his previous five spot kicks, told NIS: "I didn't have the balls to shoot through the middle. Arjen had the ball and asked 'Would you like to take it?'

"When I was there I thought about changing [my mind], as I had missed the last time. [But] what an adrenaline rush. This is the best drug out there."

The Netherlands will face either Costa Rica or Greece in the next round.

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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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