The Netherlands have been winning matches and progressing at the 2014 World Cup finals in Germany, but star striker Robin van Persie has refused to get carried away.
After every win for the Oranje, the Manchester United star has taken to social networking site Twitter to urge caution, and maintain that he and his teammates are taking it game by game.
The 30-year-old has kept true to his mantra following the 2010 World Cup finalists’ narrow 2-1 victory over Mexico in the last 16 at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on Sunday.
Van Persie took to Twitter on Monday to post the following message:
After a hard-fought victory vs mexico we qualified for the WC 1/4 finals proud of my team!! Game by game FOCUS pic.twitter.com/aclwAEdyJN— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) June 30, 2014
It was indeed a “hard-fought victory” for Louis van Gaal’s side. The Netherlands went behind in the third minute of the second half when Giovani dos Santos struck for Mexico.
However, former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder equalised with a fierce shot on 88 minutes.
Then in the fourth minute of injury time, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.
Arjen Robben was brought down inside the Mexico penalty box by Rafael Marquez, and the Schalke striker stepped up to hand his side a 2-1 win to send them through to the last eight.
The Netherlands will face Costa Rica next, and it will not be easy for the European giants.
The Central Americans have proved to be the surprise package of the tournament and got the better of Greece on penalties in the last 16.
Van Gaal’s team will head into the encounter as the favourites, but Costa Rica could well create yet more history at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on July 5.