Wesley Sneijder & Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored for the Netherlands and Giovani dos Santos for Mexico.
Holland a national team with a great football track record were not expected to do well at Brazil 2014 but they could yet cause an upset. On Sunday's performance that does not seem likely but in many ways it is still any country's cup.
The Netherland's manager Louis van Gaal is one tough cookie who does not stand for nonsense from prima donna players. He is set to take over as manager of Manchester United next season. It could be just the kick up the bum the players need after having had a dismal last season.
The Netherlands joins Brazil and Colombia in the knockout stage of the World Cup, teams that secured their final 16 places Saturday.
Costa Rica v Greece
Later Sunday Costa Rica played Greece which was another match which went down to the wire. Costa Rica to date in this World Cup has unexpectedly had success. Could their luck hold out and they beat Greece?
At full-time the score line was 1-0 to Costa Rica but in the first minute of extra time Greece scored. In the additional playing time a further goal proved elusive and the result remained a 1-1 draw. In the end the result was decided on penalties. Costa Rica five against Greece who scored three. A thrilling match.