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Holland in last-gasp win; Costa beat Greece on penalties

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Behind 1-0 after 87 minutes, the Netherlands get two quick goals to break Mexican hearts, the last on a controversial penalty (Clear video clip included). Meanwhile, 10-man Costa Rica win on penalties. 

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Mexico's defender and captain Rafael Marquez (TOP) reacts after the awarding of a penalty after a tackle on Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben (R) during a Round of 16 football match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

Robben in penalty storm as last-gasp Dutch sink Mexico,

FORTALEZA, Brazil, AFP – Arjen Robben won a controversial late penalty as the Netherlands staged an incredible last-gasp fightback to beat Mexico 2-1 and advance to the World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186508/index.html)

Bayern Munich star Robben – regularly accused of going to ground too easily throughout his career – tumbled to the turf in injury time after making contact with Mexico defender Rafael Marquez. (This vine clip appears to show there was contact: https://vine.co/v/MFgBWT7j03K).

Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca pointed to the spot and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stepped up to bury the winning penalty.

Netherlands' forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (L) scores a penalty past Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa during the Round of 16 football match between Netherlands and Mexico. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

It came just moments after Wesley Sneijder had scored an 88th-minute equaliser to cancel out Giovani dos Santos's superb goal for Mexico.

Mexico's forward Giovani Dos Santos (R/10#) runs past Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as he celebrates after scoring. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

The epic finale settled a second round battle played in furnace-like conditions at Fortaleza's Castelao Stadium.

Mexican coach Miguel Herrera lashed out at referee Proenca for awarding the penalty.

"The determining factor was the man with the whistle. He put us of the World Cup," Herrera said.

"At the very least they can look at this and this referee ought to be going home like us."

Robben however insisted Proenca had been right to award the penalty, telling Dutch broadcaster NOS: "I was fouled."

But Robben did admit to a dive in an unsuccessful attempt to win a penalty earlier in the first half.

"I really have to say and at the same time apologise in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn't do that," Robben said.

"That was a stupid, stupid thing to do but sometimes you're expecting to be struck and then they pull their leg away at the last minute."

The Dutch fightback left Mexico's players in tears as their last 16 jinx struck again.

Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder shoots to score the equaliser. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER

Mexico have now lost in the second round in six consecutive World Cup appearances, and had been just minutes away from a first quarter-final since 1986.

The match saw three-minute cooling breaks used for the first time in World Cup history as pitch-side temperatures hit 39 degrees.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal praised his team for not wilting as they chased an equaliser in punishing conditions.

"The players showed they had faith and belief until the very end," said Van Gaal.

"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."

Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal (C) talks with his players during a cooling break. The temperatures on the pitch at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza reached 39 Celsius. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

Van Gaal also revealed he had exploited the cooling breaks to introduce tactical tweaks at key points in the game.

"That is a clever way of benefiting from these breaks," he said.

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas (R) saves a penalty kick by Greece's forward Fanis Gekas during the penalty shootout after the extra time in the round of 16 football match between Costa Rica and Greece at Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT

10-man Costa Rica beat Greece on penalties

Meanwhile in Recife, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas claimed man-of-the match honours as his side sank Greece in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time and a clash with the Netherlands. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186459/index.html)

Reduced to 10 men in the second half, Costa Rica still seemed to be on a course for an upset victory until Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored an injury-time equaliser to force extra time.

Greece's defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) scores late to send the match into extra time. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Navas, who had blocked a string of shots in the game, was equally impressive in the two 15-minute periods of extra time before he pulled off a superb one-handed save to deny Theofanis Gekas's spot kick during the penalty shoot-out.

Costa Rica went on to secure a 5-3 victory to keep the central Americans' World Cup dream alive.

Costa Rica's players celebrate at the end of the round of 16 football match between Costa Rica and Greece. AFP PHOTO / RONALDO SCHEMIDT

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accused: to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime - ถูกกล่าวหา

admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

advance: to move forward, in this case, to the next round of the tournament - เข้ารอบ

apologise: to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem - ขอโทษ

appearance: an occasion when you participate in a competition - การเข้าร่วม, การปรากฏตัว

benefit: an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help - ผลประโยชน์, ข้อได้เปรียบ, ผลดี

block: to stop something from being done or from succeeding - ปิด, กีดขวาง

broadcaster: a person, company or organisation whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes - ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์

bury: (in football) to kick the ball into the back of the net - ฝัง

career: a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in - อาชีพ

clash: a fight or battle between two groups of people - การต่อสู้ด้วยกำลัง

compliment: something nice that you say to praise someone - ชมเชย, สรรเสริญ

conditions: the weather at a particular time - สภาพอากาศ

consecutive: following one after another in order - ติดต่อกัน

contact: to touch - สัมผัส

controversial: causing disagreement - ที่เป็นที่ขัดแย้ง

course: the direction, route or path that a boat, ship, storm, etc. travels - เส้นทาง, แนวทาง, วิถีทาง

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

deny: to cause to be unsuccessful; to not allow someone do something - ทำให้ไม่สำเร็จ, ไม่ยอม

determining: deciding; making something happen in a particular way - ซึ่งกำหนดได้

dive: (in soccer, hockey, etc.) to fall deliberately when somebody tackles you, so that the referee awards a foul แกล้งล้ม, ล้วง - แกล้งล้ม, ล้วง

epic: of an event or activity that lasts a long time and is difficult or complicated - ยิ่งใหญ่

equaliser: (in football) a goal that makes the score of both teams equal -

exploit: to use for your own benefit - หาประโยชน์จาก

factor: a fact or situation which influences the result of something - ปัจจัย

faith: trust in somebody's ability or knowledge; trust that somebody/something will do what has been promised - ศรัทธา

favour: advantage; benefit - ความได้เปรียบ

finale: the last part of (especially a musical or theatrical performance), which is often very exciting or emotional - ฉากสุดท้าย(ในละคร), ตอนจบ, ตอนสุดท้าย

fit: healthy and strong, especially because you do regular physical exercise - ที่มีสุขภาพดี, แข็งแรง, ที่เตรียมพร้อม

forward: an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า

foul: (in sport) to do something to another player that is against the rules of the game - ทำผิดกติกา

furnace: a space surrounded on all sides by walls and a roof for heating metal or glass to very high temperatures - เตาหลอม

honour: an award, official title, etc. given to somebody as a reward for something that they have done - เกียรติยศ, เหรียญตรา

humidity: the amount of water that is present in the air - ความชุ่มชื้น

impressive: something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill - ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ

incredible: difficult to believe - ไม่น่าเชื่อ

injury time: stoppage time; extra allowed at the end of a half of football for stoppages during normal time, especially for injuries -

insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

jinx: bad luck; somebody/something that is thought to bring bad luck in a mysterious way - คนหรือสิ่งที่นำโชคร้ายมา, ตัวซวย

lash out: to criticise someone or something angrily - ประนามอย่างรุนแรง

last-gasp: done at the last possible moment -

meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

midfielder: a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง

penalty shootout: in football, a series of chances to kick the ball into the goal, given to both teams as a way of deciding who wins the game when both teams have the same score - การดวลจุดโทษ

pitch: an area painted with lines for playing particular sports, especially football - สนามฟุตบอล

praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม

quarter-finals: competitions between the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament - การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ

react: to behave in a particular way because of something that is happening around you or something that someone is doing to you - ตอบสนอง, เกิดปฏิกิริยา

reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง

referee: a person who is in charge of a sports game and who makes certain that the rules are followed - ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการตัดสิน

reveal: to let something become known - เปิดเผย

secure: to get or achieve something - ได้มา

settle: to decide or arrange something - ตัดสินใจ

spot kick: (in football) a penalty kick; a kick from the penalty spot - การเตะลูกโทษ

stage: to arrange - จัดตั้ง

string: a series of things or people that come closely one after another - แถว, การจัดเรียงเป็นแถว

struck (past of strike): to hit someone or something forcefully or violently - กระแทก, ชน

superb: of the highest quality - ยอดเยีี่ยม

tackle: (in football ( soccer ), hockey, etc.) to try and take the ball from an opponent - เข้าแย่งลูก

tactical: involving tactics, i.e., plans for achieving something   - แผนการ กลยุทธ

tears: drops of water that come from your eyes when you cry or when something (dust, gas, etc.) has entered your eyes - น้ำตา

temperature: a measurement of how hot or how cold a place or object is - อุณหภูมิ

the spot: (in soccer) the place where a penalty is taken - จุดโทษ

tumble: to fall down - ล้ม,ล้มลง,ตกลง,หกคะเมน

turf: a piece of earth with the short grass that is growing on it - คลุมด้วยหญ้า

tweak: a slight change that you make to a machine, system, story, etc. to improve it - การปรับเปลี่ยนเล็กน้อย

whistle: a small metal or plastic tube that you blow to make a loud high sound, used to attract attention or as a signal - นกหวีด

wilt: to become weak or tired or less confident, especially because of hot temperatures, lack of water or severe pressure - to become weak or tired or less confident, especially because of hot temperatures, lack of water or severe pressure เฉา, เหี่ยว, โรย, ทำให้เหี่ยวเฉา

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