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Robin van Persie, center, of the Netherlands wipes the sweat off his face during an official training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Netherlands will play Group A runner-up Mexico in the second round on Sunday in Fortaleza.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
No fear for Mexico vs. Netherlands
Preview » Mexicanshave not made the quarterfinals since ’86.
First Published Jun 28 2014 07:16 pm • Last Updated Jun 28 2014 11:29 pm

Fortaleza, Brazil • Mexico coach Miguel Herrera will make one change to his starting lineup to face the Netherlands in the World Cup second round — and says his team is "ready to make history" on Sunday.

Versatile midfielder Carlos Salcido will replace suspended Jose Juan Vazquez in Fortaleza, Herrera said on Saturday, while Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez is set to keep his role as a second-half substitute.

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Schedule

SECOND ROUND

Saturday

» Brazil 3, Chile 2

» Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Sunday

» Netherlands vs. Mexico, 10 a.m., ESPN

» Costa Rica vs. Greece, 2 p.m., ESPN

Monday

» France vs. Nigeria, 10 a.m.

» Germany vs. Algeria, 2 p.m.

Tuesday

» Argentina vs. Switzerland, 10 a.m.

» Belgium vs. United States, 2 p.m.

QUARTERFINALS

Friday

» Brazil vs. Colombia, 2 p.m.

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Herrera believes his side can end Mexico’s dismal run of five consecutive failures to reach the quarterfinals at a World Cup, a feat it last achieved in 1986.

"We have a great atmosphere and a great attitude going into this game, and that is key. But we also have to play very well because we are facing a very difficult opponent," Herrera said.

"Do we believe this could be Mexico’s World Cup? Yes, more than ever. We are very convinced that this time will be different for us, and we are ready to make history."

Mexico faces the high-scoring Dutch after only conceding once during the group stage, beating Cameroon 1-0 before holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw, after an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and then defeating Croatia 3-1.

Mexican fans are making their second trip to this northeastern city for the World Cup, having previously watched the 0-0 draw with Brazil. They gathered to welcome the players arrive late Friday — with their now-familiar chants of "Oribe Peralta," after the team’s popular star.

Herrera, who rescued Mexico from qualification turmoil, is popular with the fans with his demonstrative style, which is being contrasted with his dour-looking Dutch opponent Louis van Gaal.

"I can’t compare myself with Mr. Van Gaal. He’s done such outstanding things, and its an honor to play against him. This is my first World Cup," Herrera said. "Everyone has their own style, and I think our style has also been successful. The yelling and passion on the bench is contagious."




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