Mexico – the ghosts of the round of 16

Until the 87th minute of their Round of 16 game again­st the Netherlands, Mexico looked like they had fi­nally laid to rest ‘the Ghosts of the Round of 16’, but Wesley Sneijder’s 88th minute equal­izer and Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s injury-time match-winning pen­alty meant that it was de­ja vu time again!

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Mexico’s loss to the Netherlands is their 6th suc­cess­ive ‘Round of 16’ de­feat. Argentina has denied them twice in suc­cess­ive world cups (2006 and 2010).

At this rate, it looks like Mexico will have to bid for the 2026 World Cup if they’d like to get their ‘Round of 16’ his­tory straightened out. They last won a ‘Round of 16’ match in 1986 when the World Cup was held in Mexico!

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