2014 FIFA World Cup: Netherlands vs Chile - As it happened


Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly

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FULL TIME: Netherlands 2-0

Netherlands were on a break with Robben racing forward with the ball. He kept on going as no challenge came in as the defender was expecting him to cut inside. The winger raced to the byline and crossed perfectly for Memphis who tapped in for a simple finish.



88'- Sanchez controls a long ball in the box and prepares to shot. De Jong comes flying in and makes a crunching tackle. He puts the ball out for a corner. He had to get that tackle right.

84'- Sanchez tries to slip through a teammate. But he is ruled off side. Chile come again.

82'- If Brazil win, Netherlands will face either Mexico or Croatia. They would be happy with that and definitely fancy their chances. Chile will have to deal with the might of Brazil.

80'- Chile need to respond now. They come immediately in search of an equalizer.

78' - RvP gets up from his seat and applauds. So does van Gaal. Netherlands are on course to win Group B.

The short corner was floated in and met with an open header by Fer who was left unmarked. His header gives no chance to Bravo.

77'- GOAL! FER

76' - Memphis picks up the ball, skips past one defender and fires a shot. The effort is tipped over by Bravo. Corner.

75'- Robben with the Dutch corner. Kuyt rises to meet it and makes contact with a header. His effort is wide of the Chile goal.

73' - Robben takes the resulting free-kick and the ball is cleared by the Chile defense for a corner.

72'- Dutch pinch the ball off Chile deep inside their half. Robben is fouled by his marker in an attempt to win back the possession immediately. Free-kick to Netherlands.

70' - And Chile follow suit. They take off Silva for Valdivia, who scored in the last match against Spain.

69'- Netherlands make their first change. Lens who has not been able to impose himself upfront is replaced by Memphis.

67'- Robben running at the Chile defense. He has Lens for company. Typical Robben, he goes solo and goes for goal with a low drive. The shot is straight to Bravo, who makes the easy save.

55'- Sanchez nutmegs Lens near the Dutch byline and fires in a shot from a tight angle. Cillessen saves.

63'- Sanchez is in behind the Dutch defense. His pace helps me chase down the ball near the byline. Cillessen comes out and makes the challenge and gets the ball. Risky play from the Dutch keeper. Sanchez was going away from the goal mouth.

60'- We have hit the 60 minute mark in this Group B clash. Still goalless. If things remain constant, Netherlands will finish on top and Chile second.

58' - After a scramble for the ball on Chile's left, Mena picks up the ball and fires in a cross with his left foot. Cillessen collects comfortably with no players challenging him.

56'- Alex receives the ball and decides to try his luck from distance. He whizzes that over the Dutch crossbar.

54'- Sneijder and Lens have a neat little interchange between themselves inside the Chile box. The final ball from Lens is overcooked and Sneijder has to chase the ball till the corner flag to keep it in.

51'- De Jong has been everywhere, breaking down several Chile attacks. He is a very crucial component of this Netherlands team.

49'- Netherlands won't mind if the match goes on like this. Louis van Gaal, the master tactician has given way to expansive football for a more solid and compact method.

47' - Kuyt curls in a delivery from the left flank. The ball is cleared by the defenders from the near post.

46'- Lens and Robben over to ball. The Dutch will re-start the proceedings here in Sao Paulo.

The players have come out for the second half. As things stand, Netherlands will finish on top in Group B and should avoid Brazil in the Round of 16.

HALF TIME: Netherlands 0-0 Chile


44'- Diaz;s delivery is met by Gutiérrez. His header is just wide. This is the second time the duo have combined to pose a threat to the Dutch.

41' -Robben seems to have found his form from the last two games. He has suddenly lighted up this match.

39'- Robben takes on the entire Chile defense. A long run leaving 3 Chile defenders in his wake, yields a shot that is inches wide off the post. Incredible.

36'- Ball comes in from the Chile's left flank. Sanchez tries to meet it with a header. Kuyt comes in from the behind and makes sure he does not connect the ball. There was slight contact between the two. Sanchez appeals for a penalty. Not given.

35'- BIG CHANCE! Robben's free-kick was a in swinging ball from Chile's left. De Vrij rose highest and missed his header from close range. Big miss.

32'- Robben runs at the Chile defense with Lens to his left and De Jong to his right. Robben tries to feed De Jong but the ball in behind him. Chile pick up the pieces.

30'- At the 30 minute mark. Chile looking more likely to score. Robben and his Dutch team have preferred to sit back and absorb the pressure.

29'- De Jong pinches the ball off a Chile player in the middle of the park. He then plays a one-two with Sneijder and is fouled on receiving the ball by Diaz.

27'- Chile have managed to keep Robben very quiet so far. The Bayern Munich man has not had any chance. He has not been able to create opening for his teammates as well.

25'- Long ball was played in behind the Chile defense. Sneijder chases the ball down but is fouled. Free-kick. Yellow card for SIlva.

23'- Innovative corner by Chile, straight out of the training ground. The delivery is cut back to Gutiérrez who arrives in the box and fires in a shot. Over the crossbar.

22'- Mena makes a late run behind the Dutch defense. His cross is blocked. Corner for Chile.

20'- We have reached the 20 minute mark. Still goalless. Neither keeper has been really tested.

18'- Mena gallops down the left and fires in a low cross. Two Chile players were in the center but the defense boots the ball away.

17'- It is bright and sunny in Sao Paulo. Absolute perfect conditions for a great day's play.

15' - Lovely move by Chile with almost 6 of their players being involved in the build up play. Sanchez threaded a ball through, but his teammate was off-side.

13'- Mena does well on Chile's left and fires in a cross for Vargas, who heads the ball. Unfortunately he cannot give direction to the ball as it goes out for a goal kick.

11' - Robben at it again. He goes down without any major contact from the defender while contesting for a header to a long ball. Free-kick for the Dutch.

8'- So far, the South Americans look more threatening going forward. Netherlands have not been able to put a move together.

6'- Both teams have been giving away possession in this early period of play.

4'- De jong tries to control a ball that was played into him. He makes use of his hand and is penalized by the ref.

3'- Sanchez chests a long ball down that was played into him. He tried to curl the ball over for the on rushing right back, but his delivery was cut out by the defender.

1'- Chile to get us started in their all white strip. Here we go...

Robben leads the Dutch in the absence of Robin van Persie. We are done with the national anthems, the toss and the photographs. Time to get down to serious business.

Team line-ups for the match:

Netherlands: Cillessen; Janmaat, De Vrij, Vlaar, Blind; Wijnaldum, De Jong, Sneijder; Robben, Lens, Kuyt

Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Mena, Jara, Silva, Gutiérrez, Aránguiz, Díaz, Sánchez, Vargas

Netherlands take on Chile in a Group B game at the Arena de São Paulo in São Paulo. Both teams have already qualified for the next round.

The winner of this match will not only finish on top of the group but will also avoid the winner of Group A in the next round, which is widely expected to be Brazil.

The Dutch will be without captain Robin van Persie due to suspension for picking up two yellow cards. They may also not play Bruno Martins Indi, who suffered a concussion in the last game.

Chile too have injury worries of their own. Key midfielders Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz, who are not only carrying minor injuries but also have one yellow card each to their name.

For Chile, Arjen Robben will be the major threat as he has been in outstanding form having scored in every match. There is no denying the importance of a win in this match as the winner is likely to play Mexico or Croatia in the round of 16.

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