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The Mexican National Team has been eliminated form the World Cup at the hands of the Netherlands. 'El Tri' dominated and controlled the entrie match and then came undone at the end with a Robben dive in the box and a penalty kick call from center feree which allowed Huntelar the opportunity to win the game.
Robben crushes Mexico's quarterfinal dreams as the Netherlands advances
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The Mexican national team has been eliminated from the World Cup at the hands of the Netherlands. 'El Tri' dominated and controlled the entire match and then came undone at the end when Arjen Robben fell in the box and a controversial penalty kick call was awarded with a couple of minutes left on the clock. Klas-Jan Huntelaar converted the penalty kick and left Mexico with no opportunity to undo the damage.

The match started off with the Mexican national team dominating possession of the ball and the game in general. The Dutch looked like the heat was wearing them down right from the start and focused on holding Mexico's attack back. 

Left wing-back Miguel Layun cut inside and had two shots off target in the early minutes, but it gave the Mexican fans the early opportunity to scream the traditional chant. The main player taking control of the team was midfielder Hector Herrera who dribbled through defenders, spreading the ball to his teammates and even had a chance himself inside the box. 

Besides the early pressure from the opposition, the Netherlands faced more bad news as midfielder Nigel de Jong had to be subbed out in the eighth minute. Concussion victim Bruno Martins Indi was brought on to replace him. 

Mexico continued their relentless pressure on the Dutch team. In the 25th minute, Carlos Salcido fired a shot from a little over 25 yards out; Jasper Cillessen, who up until then had looked shaky between the three posts, was able to get his hands on the ball and send it to corner kick. 

Three minutes later the Netherlands' most dangerous weapon showed up via a long pass over the defenders' heads to Robin Van Persie. The Man Utd striker could not make a clean reception and the ball fell to his weaker right foot and thus his shot went well wide. 

Moments before halftime, "El Tri" had a huge a slip in the middle of the field as the team tried to play the ball out of defense causing a dangerous one-on-one play between Robben and the Mexican defense. Hector Moreno sprinted back to help, and ended up sliding into Robben. The action should have been a penalty for the Netherlands. 

In the play Moreno injured his knee and had to be relieved by the medical staff. He would be replaced by young Porto FC defender Diego Reyes. 

The second half started with Mexico pressuring just as much as the entire first half, and they found their just reward. Three minutes in, Giovani Dos Santos, with a defender on top of him, blasted a shot from  20 yards and placed it into the bottom corner of the goal to give Mexico the one-goal lead. 

The Netherlands after conceding the goal picked up the urgency and pushed forward. In the 57th minute De Vrij came with a dangerous header from a corner kick and forced more heroics from goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa similar to the late save on Brazil's Thiago Silva. 

Van Gaal's men kept pushing Mexico back desperately for an equalizer. Robben in the 74th minute ran past Rafael Marquez and fired a shot from point blank range and once again found Ochoa on his way. 

Mexico looked to see out the final minutes, but in the 86th minute Wesley Sneijder found a loose ball at the top of the box and slammed the ball into the bottom corner leaving everyone standing. Minutes later, Robben got by the Mexican defenders on the right, found the end-line and cut back inside with his trademark move. The Dutchman felt the pressure from Marquez and dragged his foot to clash with the Mexican defender. The Portuguese referee did not hesitate and awarded the Netherlands a penalty kick that Klaas Jan Huntalaar converted for the game winner. 

The Netherlands will meet Costa Rica in Salvador on July 5th for the World Cup quarterfinals.

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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.