World Cup Match Day 17: Mexico
*Clears throat* (In best monster truck announcer voice) SUNDAY SUNDAY SUUUNDAY!!! IT'S THE OLD WORLD VS. THE NEW! Come on down and see team Mexico duke it out with the Dutch in our MAIN EVENT. TWO TEAMS ENTER, ONLY ONE TEAM LEAVES! Oh, and Greece play Costa Rica.
I get excited about this World Cup stuff, y'all.
ring true in Los Cafeteros solid drubbing of Uruguay. If you missed it, his golazo (Spanish for ERMAHGERD did you see that goal!?) is right up there with the best we've seen this Cup. Keep an eye on him when Colombia face Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Let's get to the meat and potatoes of today's contests, shall we? An über-formidable Dutch squad looks to put the clogs to an increasingly impressive Mexican side in the first game, while game two showcases destiny's darlings, Costa Rica, as they continue their Cinderella run against a Grecian squad who by all accounts might be the worst team left standing. Look for Los Ticos to dispatch Greece and keep Pura Vida alive one more game. If I had to pick a score, I'd go Costa Rica 2, Greece 0.
Match to Watch: Mexico vs. NetherlandsThis is going to be great. One of the tournament's best offenses (Oranje) in a knockout game against one of the better defenses in El Tri (one goal conceded through three games). Although perennially a good team, not much was expected from Mexico this World Cup. The only reason they're in Brazil, after all, is because Team 'Merica did them a solid (you're welcome, amigos). But Mexico silenced the doubters with a 0-0 draw against Brazil and followed that up with a 3-1 sendoff of Croatia. None of that matters today when they face the Flying Dutchmen. Led by Arjen Robben and a fresh Robin Van Persie, the Dutch will prove too much. Expect an exhilarating match, but expect a victory for last year's runner-ups. My Pick: Netherlands 3, Mexico 1
Player to Watch: Guillermo OchoaMexico's savior in the Brazil game, Memo is now more popular in his home country than Justin Bieber is in his adopted one. Ochoa will be very, very busy between the posts today. If Mexico stand a chance, it will be because Ochoa makes a lot more spectacular saves like this one.
Match Day Dish: Huevos Rancheros (Mexico)This dish's best quality is the fact that it's a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's also high protein and low-cal per serving, so don't feel guilty if you come back for seconds. Prepare this meal for your World Cup Sunday Funday and serve with an ice cold cerveza while you catch the games. If you do make it, take pictures of your dish and send them in to our Instagram account with the hashtag #CLKickingDishes for a chance to win prizes (details here). Enjoy, and have a great World Cup knockout day! Cheers, fútbol fans.
Huevos RancherosHands-on Time: 57 min. Total Time: 67 min.
- 2 large tomatoes (1 pound)