Özil, Friedel & more: Twitter reacts as Holland beat Mexico
Mesut Özil and Brad Friedel tweet their thoughts after Holland come from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 to reach last eight
Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar scored an injury-time penalty to help Holland come from behind and beat Mexico 2-1 to book their place in World Cup last eight.
Wesley Sneijder cancelled out Giovani dos Santos’s 48th-minute opener with two minutes of normal time remaining, before Hunterlaar converted from the spot after Rafael Marquez brought down Arjen Robben.
Holland’s dramatic comeback sparked a flurry of Twitter activity, and here is a selection of our favourite reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order.
Former USA defender Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) tweets to celebrate Dirk Kuyt’s 100th Oranje cap: “So it’s a Dirk Kuyt day? Wonderful.”
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) could have a future in tarot cards: “If Robben gets a one on one with Marquez with any type of room it’s surely curtains”
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 29, 2014
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) doesn’t seem to fancy a Dutch comeback: “Terrific goal from Dos Santos! Latin Americans seem to have so much more energy than Europeans at this WC.”
Morris (@morriskid) would later rue this tweet, though: “Wesley has been more like Snipes in this World Cup.. #Passenger57”
Irish defender Paddy Madden (@Paddymadden) would like Daryl Janmaart to stop shooting on sight: “This number 5 off Holland what he playing at that’s twice he done that now, when box is full of holland players..thinks he is Tony Yeboah”
Former Celtic striker John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) seems to doubt Louis van Gaal has the power to pull off comebacks, like Sir Alex Ferguson: “Let’s see what the genius himself Louis van gaal can do now.. No magic wand!!”
Ex-Southampton striker James Beattie (@1jamesbeattie) talks us through Sneijder’s equaliser: “Didn’t try and lash it. Didn’t look for his name on the scoreboard before he shot. Unreal technique at a massively crucial time in the game.”
Tottenham goalkeeper Bradley Friedel (@friedel_b) is surprised that Oranje’s revival: “Didn’t think Holland could come from behind in this heat!!! Game on!!!”
Former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel (@Ryanbabel) is confident his old Ajax team-mate will score from the spot: “Klaas don’t miss… He loves moments like this…. Get innnn!”
Recently-retired Australia captain Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) feels sorry for Mexico: “PENALTY of NOT. I suppose it is the way u sell it. Don’t blame the ref or RAFA. Feel for MEXICO #MEXvsNED”
Former Holland international Gregory van der Wiel (@Gvanderwiel) hopes Dutch youngsters are taking lessons from Louis van Gaal’s men: “Always keep fighting to till the last minute #wiselesson”
Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) is left stunned by Holland’s comeback: “wow! what an unbelievable and dramatic end! #NED2-1 #MEX#Brasil2014 #WorldCup”
Finally, West Ham striker Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) seems to think it was a penalty: “I don’t think Mexico will be a good holiday destination for Arjen anytime soon”