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FIFA World Cup 2014: Netherlands winger Arjen Robben apologizes for 'diving' against Mexico

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 04:12 IST
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands is tripped by Rafael Marquez of Mexico for a penalty during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico

Dutch winger Arjen Robben who was involved in another controversial penalty incident that won his side the round of 16 clash against Mexico, admits going to the ground easily earlier in the match.

The penalty won by Robben was clinically despatched by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to win it for the Netherlands 2-1 against Mexico.

Robben, after the game apologized for a 'dive' in the first half but also backed the referee's decision to give a penalty to the Netherlands in the 2nd half.  

"I have to be honest and must apologise," he told after the game. "One of the moments in the first half was a dive. Sometimes you get kicked, but that was not the case at that particular moment. I shouldn't have done that and I'm really upset with myself about it. It was a silly action,“ reports Telegraph.

The foul that won Netherlands the penalty:

However, he was quick to mention the other two penalty claims were legitimate. One of them was awarded to the Dutch side late in injury time that was converted from the spot by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

“The other one in the first half was a clear penalty. If that's not a spot-kick, then what is. "The one at the end was a just penalty call as well,” Robben said.

Robben also explained why Huntelaar took the spot-kick ahead of him tonight.


"Usually I am comfortable with taking a penalty, but this time I was the one who was tackled," he explained. "I felt comfortable that Huntelaar would capitalise.

Netherlands will now face Costa Rica in the quarter finals after the Central American nation qualified to this stage of a World Cup for the very first time in their history.

Published 30 Jun 2014, 02:33 IST
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