AMSTERDAM (AP) – Carlos Vela scored twice as Mexico beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a friendly on Wednesday to hand Guus Hiddink’s team its fourth defeat in five matches since he took over.
The defeat highlighted defensive frailties that have crept into the Dutch team since Hiddink replaced Louis van Gaal after the World Cup. It also heaped more pressure on the coach, who has hinted he will quit if his team loses Sunday’s European qualifier to Latvia.
Vela, playing his first international in more than two years, scored in the eighth and 62nd minutes after Wesley Sneijder had briefly equalised for the hosts early in the second half.
Javier Hernandez made it 3-1 for Mexico in the 69th minute and Daley Blind’s deflected drive reduced the deficit five minutes later.
“It’s clear we’re vulnerable,” captain Arjen Robben said.
The Bayern Munich winger said it wasn’t just the defence to blame. “Up front, we have to score more goals.”
The win gave Mexico a measure of revenge for being knocked out of the World Cup second round by the Dutch, whose 2-1 comeback victory was overshadowed by allegations of diving levelled at Robben. Mexico fans at the Amsterdam Arena jeered him almost every time he touched the ball.