Football: Dutch to host Mexico in World Cup rematch

Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (right) celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1 during a Round of 16 football match between the Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. His goal
Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (right) celebrates after scoring to make it 1-1 during a Round of 16 football match between the Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 29, 2014. His goal and a controversial penalty dashed the Mexicans' hopes of a first appearance in the last eight since 1986.  --  PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexico will play the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Nov 12 in a rematch of their World Cup second-round thriller as part of the central American side's autumn tour, the Mexican football federation announced on Wednesday.

The spectators will be hoping for as thrilling a game as the one at the World Cup in Brazil where Mexico looked destined for the quarter-finals leading 1-0 going into the final 10 minutes.

However, two late goals by Wesley Sneijder and a controversial penalty, won by Arjen Robben, converted by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar dashed the Mexicans' hopes of a first appearance in the last eight since 1986.

The Dutch went on to reach the semi-finals where they were beaten on penalties by Argentina.

The Mexicans will finish their mini-European tour with a friendly against Belarus on November 18 at Borisov.