Arjen Robben's skill -- and theatrics -- may have helped the Netherlands advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Did Robben flop? That was the question many were asking after the Netherlands overcame a one-goal deficit in the final minutes of yesterday's knockout game to oust Mexico, 2-1. The Dutch got an equalizing goal on a Wesley Sneijder volley in the 88th minute, and in injury time, Robben appeared to be taken down in the box by a tackle from Rafa Marquez.
Many think Robben dove -- a quality that has long defined the winger -- but replies showed that Marquez did dive and did appear to clip the Dutch star. It also undoubtedly showed Robben play up that contact.
The whistle was blown, and Klaas Jan Huntelaar buried the penalty in the 94th minute to push Holland through to the quarterfinals.
Mexico largely dominated the first half of the game, and El Tri was rewarded in the 48th minute when Giovani dos Santos provided a 1-0 lead. But Mexico chose to sink back into a defensive shape too early in the match, and Holland controlled the final 30 minutes before stealing the result.
In the second match, Costa Rica played a man down for more than an hour to hold off Greece and continue its Cinderella run in the World Cup.
The Ticos were able to open up Greece just long enough for Bryan Ruiz to slot home a left-footed shot into the far corner in the 52nd minute, but Oscar Duarte was shown a red card in the 66th minute, leaving Costa Rica shorthanded for the rest of the match.
Costa Rica defended valiantly until injury time, when Socratis Papastathopoulos scored on a rebound to keep his country alive and send the game to the extra periods.
Greece dominated possession in those 30 minutes, with the Ticos tiring under the constant defending. But despite the man advantage, Greece couldn't find a way to win the game.
In penalties, Costa Rica finished all five of its efforts, and Keilor Navas stop set up Michael Umaña's game-winner to send the small Central American country through to the quarterfinals for the first time in its history.
Watch the full highlights here. Watch Costa Rican announcer Kristian Mora nearly break into tears during his call of the win.
On tap today...
12 p.m. ESPN - France vs. Nigeria
Les Bleus have been one of the best teams in the tournament so far, and they'll look to continue their run against Nigeria. The Super Eagles have not been overwhelming in Brazil so far, drawing Iran, 0-0, and edging by Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1-0. The French are the overwhelming favorites in this game.
Keep an eye on: France's Karim Benzema, who has been one of the better players of the tournament with three goals and two assists through group play. The Real Madrid striker should factor in majorly against a Nigeria team that gave up three goals to Lionel Messi and Argentina.
4 p.m. ESPN - Germany vs. Algeria
Germany downed the U.S., 1-0, to win the group and it gets a team that has impressed many. There is history between Germany and Algeria. The African side defeated West Germany in the World Cup in 1982, a huge upset, but West Germany advanced along with Austria after a mutually-beneficial 1-0 win. It was a massive injustice. Read more about the history in this New York Times piece. Now, Algeria will get a shot at revenge.
Keep an eye on: Algeria striker Islam Slimani, who has two goals and an assist in group play. Slimani plays for Sporting in Portugal and has been a threat in every Algeria game so far.