Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Netherlands vs Chile.
1st Round Matches at Brazil 2014.
Monday, 23rd June
Netherlands vs Chile in Sao Paulo.
In the final Group B matches, Netherlands take on Chile in Sao Paulo while Australia play Spain in Curitiba.
Holland and Chile have never met before in international football competition.
First game of the tournament for Bakary Gassama of Gambia; the man with the whistle.
Holland and Chile have both qualified for the second round so this match is all about who tops the group.
For much of the first-half it seemed both teams were content to test their set piece strategies and save themselves for later in the game; or the next round.
Just when Chile seemed in control of the game Arjen Robben came close to scoring for Holland, in the 40th minute, by just going for it on his own. The end result of his determind run, rolled wide.
Half-time: Netherlands 0 - Chile 0
Substitute Leroy Fer scored a powerful header for Holland in the 79th minute.
Holland secured top spot of the group in injury time; Arjen Robben providing the assist for Memphis Depay.
Final Score: Netherlands 2 - Chile 0
1-Jasper Cillessen; 7-Daryl Janmaat, 2-Ron Vlaar, 3-Stefan de Vrij, 5-Daley Blind; 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 6-Nigel de Jong, 15-Dirk Kuyt; 10-Wesley Sneijder, 11. Arjen Robben, 17-Jeremain Lens.
1-Claudio Bravo; 17-Gary Medel, 5-Francisco Silva, 18-Gonzalo Jara, 4-Mauricio Isla; 20-Charles Aranguiz, 21-Marcelo Diaz, 2-Eugenio Mena, 16-Felipe Gutierrez; 11-Eduardo Vargas, 7-Alexis Sanchez.
Referee: Bakary Gassama - Gambia
2 yellow cards:
24 mins - Francisco Silva (Chile)
63 mins - Daley Blind (Netherlands)
The Road to Rio
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
Argentina vs Switzerland in Sao Paulo.
Brazil vs Chile in Belo Horizonte.
Colombia vs Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.
Costa Rica vs Greece in Recife.
France vs Nigeria in Brasilia.
Germany vs Algeria in Porto Alegre.
Holland vs Mexico in Fortaleza.
Argentina vs Belgium in Brasilia.
Brazil vs Colombia in Fortaleza.
France vs Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
Holland vs Costa Rica in Salvador.
Brazil vs Germany in Belo Horizonte.
Holland vs Argentina in Sao Paulo.
Brazil vs Holland in Brasilia.
Germany vs Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.
World Cup Finals
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