Manchester United and Netherlands striker Robin van Persie urges ‘focus’

Robin van Persie is not getting carried away ahead of the Netherlands’ round-of-16 clash against Mexico at the World Cup in Brazil.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been one of the best players at the 2014 World Cup finals.

The 30-year-old was in breathtaking form in the Netherlands’ 5-1 victory over Spain in their opening match of the tournament, scoring two goals – one of them a world-class header.

The former Arsenal captain scored yet another brilliant goal for the Oranje in their next Group B fixture, helping them get the better of Australia 3-2.

Van Persie was suspended for the Netherlands’ final group game against Chile on Monday, but that did not stop the 2010 World Cup finalists from registering a 2-0 victory over the South American side.

Having picked up nine points from three matches and progressing to the round of 16 as group winners, the Netherlands are now many people’s favourites to go all the way and win the World Cup in Brazil.

Next up for Van Persie and his teammates is a clash against Mexico for a place in the quarter-finals.

The North American team finished second in Group A (level on points with winners Brazil, but with an inferior goal difference) and will be the underdogs against the Dutch.

However, Van Persie has refused to get carried away and has insisted that the Netherlands are taking it game by game, posting the following pictures and message on social networking site Twitter.

The Netherlands will head into the contest as the favourites, but Mexico are no easy pushovers.

Miguel Herrera’s side have yet to lose a match at the World Cup and have conceded just one goal – El Tri also held Brazil to a goalless draw.

The game between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on June 29 promises to be exciting.

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