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World Cup: Netherlands' top-notch offense vs. Mexico's stingy defense
World Cup: Netherlands' top-notch offense vs. Mexico's stingy defense

A pre-match overview does not get more fundamental than this. The third game in the round of 16 pits the Netherlands, the World Cup's finest procurer of goals, against Mexico, tied with Costa Rica as the best preventer. Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico, whose goalkeeping at the tournament has been second to nil, says the Dutch are operating with computer efficiency. True, but computers do crash. Ochoa and his mates can make it happen by carrying over their defensive intensity from group play, when just one goal was granted. Problem is, focusing on one Dutchman would constitute a dicey strategy. Equally dangerous Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie have three goals apiece, even though the...

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