Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the winner against Mexico in the second round of the  World Cup at Castelao   in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 We thought it was, plain and simple, too hot for football. Then Mexico scored and, in the burning heat of the second hal(...)

Robin van Persie’s granddad, Wim Ras, keeping it in the family.

After the Irish Times, of course, Mexico’s La Razon is proving to be our favourite World Cup newspaper, simply because of its very lovely front pag(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters 1:20

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)

Arjen Roben of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Spain their Group B match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Natal. Photograph: EPA

Day Two and Tony O’Donoghue and Kenny Cunningham were on the RTÉ couch, a particularly big one too for just the pair of them, the distance between (...)

Mexico’s Miguel Layun pretends to tie the shoelaces of team-mate Oribe Peralta after he  scored his side’s goal in the Group A game against Cameroon at Dunas Arena in Natal. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Mexico 1 Cameroon 0: This was the second game of the World Cup and for the second game all the talk after the final whistle was about the referees. Th(...)

Mexico’s players train in the Dunas Arena in Natal earlier today. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has left Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on the bench for Friday’s World Cup opener against Camero(...)

Oribe Peralta (left) will be a key player for  Mexico in Brazil.  Photograph: Henry Romero / Reuters

Manager: Miguel Herrera Best finish: Quarter-finals (1970 and 1986) World Cup record: Played 53, Won 14, Drawn 14, Lost 25 History (...)