World Cup Daily: Can Mexico pull an upset?

World Cup Daily: Can Mexico pull an upset?
June 29, 2014, 9:30 am
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Game of the Day: Mexico vs. Netherlands, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Mexico wasn't a huge surprise to advance, but the way they did was -- a draw against Brazil and a dominating performance against Croatia to advance. Now they get to face the red-hot Dutch, who are coming off dominating their group with big wins over Spain, Chile and Australia to cruise through Group B. 

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa may be the MVP of the tournament so far (if such an award existed) with his outstanding play, especially in the scoreless draw against Brazil. A rejuvenated Rafa Marquez has been stellar in defense as he has captained the squad. The Mexican attack hasn't been up-to-par of the rest of the team, but poured it on against Croatia.

Netherlands got out of one of the more difficult groups completely unscathed and with relative ease. Arjen Robben rebounded from a poor showing at Euro 2012 with a great group phase. Louis van Gaal is getting everything he can out of these players before he heads off to be the top man at Manchester United after the World Cup and his 5-3-2 formation has been much more attacking than most predicted it would be. He really only used one traditional center back in their final game against Chile in the group stage, and all of his substitute decisions have been fantastic. 

Player of the Day: FW Memphis Depay, Netherlands

He's been an impact sub so far for Louis van Gaal's side and could be the difference off the bench again against Mexico. Depay, the 20-year old from dutch side PSV, has really had a coming out party in Brazil and will look to grow his star against Mexico. Beating Ochoa will be a difficult task though for Depay.

Best of the Rest: Costa Rica face Greece in the least-inspiring game of the Round of 16. If you're a fan of soccer, or just want to see goals -- hope that Greece gets eliminated and soundly embarrassed by Costa Rica. 

World Cup Rewind: Brazil and Chile played one of the best games of the tournament so far as we got our first game of the knockout round and our first game decided by penalty kicks. Brazil narrowly escaped in PK's thanks to goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who made two stops, and Neymar scored the deciding penalty kick. Colombia dominated a Suarez-less Uruguay as Cavani and Forlan just couldn't pick up the slack by themselves. James (pronounced Hamez) Rodriguez is now leading the tournament in goals scored with five in four games after he had two against Uruguay. 

Football Follies: The Uruguayan FA released a letter that Luis Suarez submitted to the FIFA review board and said the following:

"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite. After the impact… I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth." 

Whatever you say, Luis. 

The Uruguayan FA are also downplaying the incident and acting like Suarez is the victim. It's pretty unbelievable when the video is so painfully obvious he bit Chiellini. Hopefully this is the last day this is a "thing." 

Predictions: Netherlands 3, Mexico 1. Costa Rica 1, Greece 0 (PK's).