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World Cup 2014: Netherlands 2-0 Chile

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Netherlands beat Chile to top Group B

The Netherlands finished top of Group B after goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave them a win over Chile in a tempestuous encounter in Sao Paulo.

Both teams had already qualified for the second round after starting with wins over Spain and Australia.

Norwich City man Fer headed in with his first touch in the 77th minute, before Depay tapped home in stoppage time.

Chile will now face Brazil in the last 16, with Louis van Gaal's side meeting Mexico.

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World Cup 2014: Memphis Depay scores to put Netherlands top

Monday's meeting in Sao Paulo had failed to live up to expectations given the four previous games involving the two teams had seen 17 goals.

The Dutch were missing the suspended Robin van Persie, while Chile rested midfielder Arturo Vidal and their absence was keenly felt as the game reached the interval with neither keeper having been forced into a save.

Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez looked most likely to force an opener for the South Americans with his clever movement and eye for a pass causing Van Gaal's backline concerns on a number of occasions.

Key facts
Netherlands have taken nine points from the group stage for the second World Cup in a row; they haven't lost a World Cup group game since 1994.
Chile have won only two of their last 12 World Cup clashes with European opposition.
This was only the second time in their last 13 World Cup matches Chile had failed to score.

For the Netherlands, Arjen Robben went close to continuing his record of having scored in every match when another trademark long run ended with him dragging a low effort just wide.

The first half's only other moments of note owed more to the two teams' physical approach, with the flow of the game interrupted by numerous niggling fouls.

It took until the 65th minute for the first real save of the game, Jasper Cillessen forced to beat away Sanchez's effort at his near post.

That sparked a response from the Dutch as Robben fired straight at Claudio Bravo in the Chile goal after a positive run at their defence.

Depay then brought a good save from the keeper with a powerful shot from range. From the resultant corner the Oranje worked the ball back to Daryl Janmaat and his deep cross was met by the head of the unmarked Fer, who had been introduced just moments earlier.

With Jorge Sampaoli's side needing a win to finish top of the group they pushed forward in search of an equaliser but were unable to fashion a clear chance and Depay wrapped up the win in the dying seconds when he converted Robben's low cross on the breakaway.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal: "Of course I know that Leroy Fer can shoot from far out and can move forward on opponents. I know he is good with headers and that gives you an advantage against Chile.

"We analyzed that Chile gives away more space in the last 15 minutes so if you field creative football players you have a chance to cash in. Memphis made a wonderful goal.

"We are not giving much away and we are creating opportunities. This is being confirmed by the results. If it wasn't, then you'd chop of my head, I'm sure of it.

"My players and my group, we want to score one goal more than the opponent."

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli: "I think that this was a match that we expected, with the Netherlands trying to use lots of people on the counter attack.

"We looked for victory, we wanted to win and we couldn't find a solution to a team that only defended and only aspired to long-range shots, not even counterattacks.

"This is a Chile that I am proud to be at the helm of, in spite of the fact that we didn't get a result.

"They have their heads held high and they are getting ready for the round of 16."

Dirk Kuyt and Ron Vlaar remonstrate with Alexis Sanchez
Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez was Chile's main attacking threat
Memphis Depay scores Netherlands' second goal
Memphis Depay had not scored for his country before the World Cup but now has two goals in his last two games
Dirk Kuyt
Kuyt was winning his 99th cap for the Netherlands and his first since October
Chile's players applaud their fans after their first defeat of the tournament
Chile, who are likely to face Brazil in the second round, only managed one shot on target against the Dutch

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 7Janmaat
  • 15KuytSubstituted forKongoloat 89'minutes
  • 5BlindBooked at 64mins
  • 2Vlaar
  • 3de Vrij
  • 20Wijnaldum
  • 6de Jong
  • 10SneijderSubstituted forFerat 75'minutes
  • 11Robben
  • 17LensSubstituted forDepayat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Martins Indi
  • 8de Guzmán
  • 12Verhaegh
  • 13Veltman
  • 14Kongolo
  • 16Clasie
  • 18Fer
  • 19Huntelaar
  • 21Depay
  • 22Vorm
  • 23Krul

Chile

  • 1Bravo
  • 4Isla
  • 2Mena
  • 18Jara
  • 17Medel
  • 5SilvaBooked at 25minsSubstituted forValdíviaat 70'minutes
  • 21Díaz
  • 16GutierrezSubstituted forBeausejourat 45'minutes
  • 20Aránguiz
  • 7Sánchez
  • 11VargasSubstituted forPinillaat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Albornoz
  • 6Carmona
  • 8Vidal
  • 9Pinilla
  • 10Valdívia
  • 12Toselli
  • 13Rojas
  • 14Orellana
  • 15Beausejour
  • 19Fuenzalida
  • 22Paredes
  • 23Herrera
Referee:
Bakary Gassama
Attendance:
62,996

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamChile
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home25
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 2, Chile 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 2, Chile 0.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 2, Chile 0. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arjen Robben following a fast break.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Attempt missed. Gary Medel (Chile) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gonzalo Jara with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Terence Kongolo replaces Dirk Kuyt because of an injury.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Leroy Fer.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) because of an injury.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Dirk Kuyt.

Offside, Chile. Mauricio Isla tries a through ball, but Jorge Valdívia is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Mauricio Isla (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Mauricio Isla (Chile).

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Netherlands).

Mauricio Pinilla (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Netherlands).

Attempt missed. Marcelo Díaz (Chile) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mauricio Pinilla following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Chile. Mauricio Pinilla replaces Eduardo Vargas.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 1, Chile 0. Leroy Fer (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Claudio Bravo.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dirk Kuyt.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Leroy Fer replaces Wesley Sneijder.

Attempt missed. Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Eduardo Vargas.

Foul by Gary Medel (Chile).

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Jean Beausejour (Chile).

Offside, Netherlands. Memphis Depay tries a through ball, but Arjen Robben is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chile. Jorge Valdívia replaces Francisco Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Memphis Depay replaces Jeremain Lens.

Charles Aránguiz (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Netherlands).

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Netherlands).

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dirk Kuyt.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan2011-11
4Greece2011-31

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica220036
2Italy210103
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France220066
2Ecuador210103
3Switzerland2101-23
4Honduras2002-40

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina220026
2Nigeria211014
3Iran2011-11
4Bos-Herze2002-20

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany211044
2USA211014
3Ghana2011-11
4Portugal2011-41

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium220026
2Algeria210113
3Russia2011-11
4South Korea2011-21
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