Mexico boss Herrera accuses Robben of diving

Miguel Herrera accused Arjen Robben of cheating to win a stoppage-time penalty as Netherlands knocked Mexico out of the FIFA World Cup.

In scorching conditions in Fortaleza on Sunday, Mexico looked set to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time since 1986 thanks to Giovani dos Santos' sweet left-footed shot from 25 yards three minutes after the interval.

Mexico held the lead for 40 minutes until substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar nodded Robben's corner into the path of Wesley Sneijder to lash home from just inside the area after 88 minutes.

In stoppage time, Robben - who had seen two penalty appeals already waved away by Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca - went down under a challenge from Rafael Marquez and the official pointed to the spot. 

Up stepped Huntelaar to dispatch the spot-kick and send Netherlands into the last eight.

Mexico coach Herrera was less than impressed with Proenca's performance and insisted that Robben had dived to win the decisive penalty.

"It's a World Cup where everything was against Mexico from the start," he said.

"Robben threw himself to the floor three times and no-one said anything to him.

"After going 1-0 up the team retreated and that cost us. We gave opportunities to a team that had done nothing.

"Thank you for all the people who came to support. Unfortunately we could not get what we wanted."


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It was clearly a penalty, though Robben (granted ) was all to happy to fall. I think the mexican side was pretty exesive in their attempts to stop Robben. No one on the mexican side seems to recall that in the first half on of their players broke his leg cutting down Robben in het penalty area. If that does not convince you of Mexican hypocratie I dont know what will.