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Netherlands ready to face tournament's best keeper

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil - The World Cup's highest-scoring team is about to meet arguably the tournament's best goalkeeper.

If the free-scoring Netherlands wants to progress to the quarter-finals in Brazil, it will have to do what only one man has done so far — beat Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa tomorrow.

Ochoa has conceded just one goal, a late consolation strike by Croatia's Ivan Perisic in Mexico's 3-1 win.

The 28-year-old Ochoa kept out Samuel Eto'o as Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 and then had one of the performances of the World Cup, denying Neymar twice with spectacular saves and Thiago Silva late in the 0-0 draw with Brazil.

When the Brazil match ended, Mexico's players lined up to hug their man-of-the-match keeper.

"We respect (the Netherlands) as we do with all of the other teams, but we know that they are among the favourites to win the Cup and that does not scare us, it motivates us," Ochoa said.

"If we can beat them we will go very far."

Striker-turned-defender Dirk Kuyt is confident the Dutch, who have scored 10 times in three group matches including hammering defending champion Spain 5-1, can find a way past Ochoa at Fortaleza's Arena Castelao.








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