Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa can not stop a penalty shot by Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to score his side's second and winning goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa can not stop a penalty shot by Netherlands' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to score his side's second and winning goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-1. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Corner Kicks, June 30: Holland earned a penalty

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Around The World: No, Arjen Robben’s dive in the box wasn’t a penalty. The contact was minimal and Robben milked it. But Mexico’s excuse that the official cost it the game doesn’t hold up, either. El Tri were lucky to go into halftime scoreless, because it was not called for a sure penalty near the end of the first half. In that instance, Robben was not only fouled but fouled twice, and the official didn’t call either one. Two mistakes by the official doesn’t make either one right, but it played out fairly. Holland earned one penalty, if not the one that was actually given.
Yanks Corner: How to deal with Vincent Kompany? The U.S. has to find a way around dealing with the Belgian defender, who is one of the most tactical players in the world. Kompany has been English Premier League champion Manchester City’s most consistent player for years now, and the U.S. has to be ready for how Kompany plays. He deals with movement exceptionally well, and he’s adept at wiping out opposing forwards. If Jozy Altiodre can play, that’s very good news for Clint Dempsey, who was church-mouse quiet against Germany.
For The Novice: In knockout games like the two today, a heavy underdog goes against a top-10 side with plenty of attack. In these games, the underdog almost always packs its half of the field with bodies to limit movement, all in hopes of compensating for talent. It’s a tricky proposition, though: Once the favorite breaks through and scores, it’s very, very difficult to transition from a heavily defensive game to a heavily offensive one. Watch how Nigeria and Algeria approach the first 15 minutes of their respective games today.
Game Of The Day: Germany vs. Algeria, 4 p.m. The Algerians not only have the best nickname in the tournament (the Desert Foxes), but they’re playing near the top of their capability. Algeria beat two comparable teams, Russia and South Korea, and has shown a real chemistry thus far. All the power is on Germany’s side today, but it will turn very interesting if Algeria can land one of its early punches.