Dutch outclass Chile to end top of group B

June 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Chile, Chile News, Netherlands, Netherlands News, News

hile's forward Alexis Sanchez (front) raects to a challenge by Netherlands' defender Ron Vlaar (R) during the Group B football match between Netherlands and Chile,AFP PHOTO
hile's forward Alexis Sanchez (front) raects to a challenge by Netherlands' defender Ron Vlaar (R) during the Group B football match between Netherlands and Chile,AFP PHOTO

The last games in group B played simultaneously with Spain taking on Australia in Curitiba while the Dutch took on Chile at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians. The Netherlands cemented their place as the group’s winners with a 2- 0 victory over the South Americans.

With both teams certain to qualify for the next round, the Netherlands and Chile match wasn’t as high paced as the two team’s precious games. The Chileans started the game with more vigour as a good result from the game would put them at the top of their group, helping them avoid with an encounter with the group A leaders Brazil.

Chilean midfielders Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas had their moments of putting the Dutch defence under pressure but without really troubling young keeper Jasper Cillesen.

Alexis Sanchez provided a good corner kick that wasn’t directed straight into the penalty area but just outside the box to teammate Felipe Gutierrez who shot the ball over the goal posts to squandering the Chileans best chance of the half.

The Dutch slowly got into the game and defender Stefan de Vrij’s header in the 35th minute from a set-piece was one of the few chances the Netherlands had in the half. Stand-in captain Arjen Robben missing a chance after a beautiful run from the middle of the field.

The second half didn’t veer off from the first half in terms of action. Both teams carried on moderately attacking at each other but looked to be happy as things were but as soon as the Ductch made a few substitutions they looked menacing.

Like their previous game against Australia when a game desperately needed a goal, a Ductch substitute came to the rescue. Lanky midfielder Leroy Fer scored only two minutes after coming on in the 77th minute and the game was killed off when another player from the bench  Memphis Depay scored the second from a Robben cross in additional time.

Bonginkosi Tiwane


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