International Football: Netherlands and Mexico Meet for Charged FriendlyPublished November 12, 2014 by Amir G
Netherlands host Mexico for a friendly match ahead of the weekend's Euro 2016 qualifiers (7:30pm UK time).
Today's international friendly matches see Mexico traveling to Amsterdam Arena to face new Nemesis from last summer's World Cup (7:30pm UK time).
With the next round of Euro 2016 qualifiers taking place this weekend; Netherlands gets a chance for a good warm-up ahead of their Sunday match against Latvia. So far the Oranj have not done very well in the campaign under the guidance of new coach Guus Hiddink; the team lost the teams of the Czech Republic and Iceland, hurdles which the Dutch usually bypass.
The Oranj have qualified to every European championship since 1988 and they must step up their game; they can't allow to take it easy against the Mexicans. Hiddink himself vowed to resign if his team fails to win the match against Latvia.
Mexico will seek revenge against the Oranj after the Dutch knocked them out with a late penalty in the World Cup's Round of 16 this summer. The penalty was drawn by Arjen Robben, in a foul that many described as a very theatrical fall. For this reason, how Mexico plays today is really intriguing, despite this being only a friendly.
El Tri fans are eager to see the return of forward Carlos Vela, one of Mexico's top players of the recent years who had not played wearing the national jersey since March 2011. Vela is Real Sociedad's striker and he arrives warm at the Amsterdam Arena having scored for his team against Atletico Madrid the past weekend.
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