FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) 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 stay keep his role as a second-half substitute.
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.
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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 defeating Croatia 3-1.