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World Cup live blog: June 29

The knockout round continues with Netherlands vs. Mexico at noon, followed by Costa Rica vs. Greece at 4 p.m.

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Mexico vs. Netherlands, past vs. present

In the 1998 World Cup, Mexico came back from being two goals down to draw the Netherlands in a group-round match. Check out the highlights.

Today, the Netherlands are the favorite to win. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight puts their chance of winning at 72 percent, compared to Mexico’s 28 percent. But don’t cut Mexico out just yet. El Tri’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has been a brick wall, only letting one goal get into the net.

TL;DR: This should be a good match.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 11:34 am
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 11:34 am

Mexico releases lineup

They’ve got their defenses up, starting with their nearly unbeatable goalkeeper Ochoa, as well as five other defenders — which is one more than the Netherlands will start with today.

Notably, Javier Hernandez, aka Chicharito, is starting once again on the bench, but be on the lookout for this Manchester United forward to make a difference in the second half of the match.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 11:39 am
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 11:39 am

Netherlands releases lineup

The stars are going to strike with both Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie — who’s returning from suspension — in off the get go. But the team might struggle a bit on defense. Interestingly, Coach Louis van Gaal decided to start Paul Verhaegh, a rather internationally inexperienced player, in place of Daryl Janmaat. We’ll see how this 3-4-1-2 lineup compares to Mexico’s 3-5-1-1 strategy.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 11:46 am
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 11:46 am

Luchadores show up for Mexico

(Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters)

(Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters)

(Murad Sezer/Reuters)

(Murad Sezer/Reuters)

(Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

(Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

Marissa Payne
June 29, 11:52 am
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 11:52 am

ESPN: expect to hear a gay slur today

(Georgi Licovski/EPA)

(Georgi Licovski/EPA)

Mexican fans love shouting the word “puto” (which means something like “gay prostitute”) when the opposing team’s goalkeeper kicks off the ball.

While FIFA looked into the chant after viewers complained, the association ultimately decided the word was somehow not a slur when shouted loudly and in unison at a soccer match. (Um, sure…)

ESPN at one point said they would attempt to mute the word from broadcast, but then realized that they have no control over the audio levels, at least according to the announcers.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 11:59 am
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 11:59 am

Mexico vs. Netherlands kicks off!

(Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

(Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

This dude right here is ready for some futbol.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 12:01 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 12:01 pm

A near-miss for Mexico

Miguel Layun kicked one just over the cross bar, but missed. Still, the country got the first shot in, despite its defense-heavy lineup.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 12:03 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 12:03 pm

Layun is doing pretty great

Just minutes after he got his first shot, he was able to get off a second. This time, the shot was wide, however. The score is still 0-0, but the Netherlands has had some scares.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 12:05 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 12:05 pm

Mexican balloons are on the pitch

A trio of balloons just floated across the grass. As long as no one mistakes them for the ball, we’re good.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 12:07 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 12:07 pm

Nigel de Jong exits; Bruno Martins enters

Nigel de Jong played for less than 10 minutes before suffering what looked like muscle fatigue. This doesn’t bode well for the Dutch.

Marissa Payne
June 29, 12:10 pm
  • Marissa Payne June 29, 12:10 pm
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