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 hails Netherlands character

Louis van Gaal praises his Netherlands players for showing the "faith and belief" needed to bounce back and record a World Cup last-16 victory over Mexico.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has praised his players for showing the "faith and belief" needed to come from behind to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

A late Wesley Sneijder strike, followed by a successfully converted penalty by substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, saw Oranje recover from a goal down against Mexico in Fortaleza.

"The players showed they had faith and belief until the very end," the 62-year-old is quoted as saying by BBC Sport following the game.

"The humidity was not in our favour so when you see that until the very last minute we were fresher and fitter than the Mexicans that is a big compliment to my players.

"Not only did they have belief but physically they prepared so well to play this match. That of course gives us enormous confidence going forward."

Van Gaal also admitted that he used the World Cup's first 'cooling break' to help his side pull off the comeback.

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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