Wesley Sneijder, antagonist of the Mexican National Team in Brazil 2014 assured that “It was not a penalty”

Wesley Sneijder, antagonist of the Mexican National Team in Brazil 2014, assured that “it was not a penalty” EFE/ROBERT GHEMENT/Achivo

Just over 8 years ago Arjen Robben became the biggest public enemy of Mexico, after faking a blow inside the area and, which was marked as a penalty for the referee Portuguese Pedro Proença who received Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to eliminate Tricolor during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

More than eight years after that tragic night from the Castelao de Fortaleza Stadium in Brazil, Wesley Sneijderone of the protagonists in that match when he scored his team’s first goal, told a Mexican fan that “It was not a penalty” the one who was marked in favor of Holland.

Now in Qatar 2022, the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid player assured when questioned by a compatriot that the penalty awarded to his compatriot, Arjen Robben, was not to mark the maximum penalty: “It wasn’t criminal, what do you want me to do? was the referee”, were the words of the then attacker from the Netherlands.

Prior to the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, another of the players who had the opportunity to remember that tragic night from Fortaleza was the Mexican benchmark, Andrés Guardado, who in an interview for ESPN recounted that one of the great “thorns” in his renowned career, without a doubt it was what was experienced in Brazil 2014.

“It was never criminal, no chingu*n. I have not seen him again, I have not wanted to see him again. What gives me the most courage in this game is not the penalty itself. It is that they tie us in a corner with five minutes left, where we should have been defending in a different way, where Sneijder is only on the edge of the area, ”he said.

On that occasion, the little prince did a small x-ray of other eliminations that have marked him, such as the loss against Brazil in Russia 2018where he acknowledges that losing to Sweden (3-0) emotionally hit the team led by Juan Carlos Osorio: “The one from Holland hurt me much more. They all hurt, but the one in Holland hurt a lot more. Against Brazil we were not well, because of the match we lost against Sweden, we already came a bit with a mentality… we were not mentally prepared for this match”, she mentioned.

Mexico vs Holland 2014 (Photo: Twitter@PabloCarrilloL)
Mexico vs Holland 2014 (Photo: Twitter@PabloCarrilloL)

Currently, the squad commanded by Gerardo Martino is in an unbeatable opportunity with history, since the four teams that make up Group C of the Qatar 2022 World Cup have already played their first game; Argentina fell surprisingly against Saudi Arabia, by a score of 2-1, for which the Asian team added three units; meanwhile, Mexico and Poland could not break the score and distributed points.

Group C after the first date:

1.- Saudi Arabia, with 3 points.

2.- Poland, with 1 point.

3.- Mexico, with 1 point.

4.- Argentina, with 0 points.

The defeat of the albicelestes will force them to play two finals in their duels against Mexico and Poland, for which the team tricolor will experience a crucial match when Gerardo Tata Martino faces Lionel Scaloni on Saturday, November 26, 2022 from the Lusail Stadium.

Mexican fans at the stadium before their team's match against Poland for World Cup Group C at 974 Stadium, Doha, Qatar - November 22, 2022 REUTERS/Carl Recine
Mexican fans at the stadium before their team’s match against Poland for World Cup Group C at 974 Stadium, Doha, Qatar – November 22, 2022 REUTERS/Carl Recine

If the Mexicans manage to repeat the good performance they did with Poland and draw, then they will be at the expense of the Arabs beating the Europeans to aspire to the round of 16. In the best of scenarios, if the daddy If they keep the three points, then they will eliminate the South Americans and shake off a bad streak that has plagued them since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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Wesley Sneijder, antagonist of the Mexican National Team in Brazil 2014 assured that “It was not a penalty”