The Dutch rest Robin Van Persie, but that would still not help Chile, in the second half Holland would score two goals to defeat the South Americans 2-0 and finish with a 3-0 group record.
Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
São Paulo– The Dutch win group B behind two substitutes under the age of 25, both of them score goals to defeat Chile on Monday and go undefeated in the group stages.
The first sub to score was 24-year-old Leroy Fer, at the 77 minute Fer’s header would break the deadlock and give the Orange Machine a 1-0 lead. An accurate cross from midfielder Daryl Janmaat, he sent the cross from the right hand side of the field, he placed the ball right at the heart of the penalty box.
Fer would meet the ball, and perfectly place the ball to the right hand corner of the net, tucking right next to the post. Fer would go running incomplete surprise, because he had just scored his first international goal for Holland in the World Cup. Not to mention that header was his first touch on the ball since he entered the match at the 75 minute.
The Dutch offense had came to life when Fre and 20-year-old forward Memphis Depay entered the match in the second half. In the first half both teams were trying to not make mistakes. Since both teams were trying to avoid Brazil in the next round. If the Dutch won or tie the game they would win the group and avoid the Brazilians, but for Chile they had to get a victory to win the group and avoid the Samba Kings in the round of 16.
“It was a match of the highest quality,” Netherlands Coach Louis van Gaal, told FIFA.com. “We limited Chile to a handful of opportunities, we neutralized them extremely effectively – and particularly in the second half we created more chances”
Depay entered the match at the 69 minute, seven minutes later the PSV Eindhoven forward almost scored. His long range bomb was barely pushed over the crossbar by Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Depay was frustrated of having shot saved and looked determined to get his second goal of the World Cup in two matches.
After Fer’s goal, Chile begin to open a little more defensively, which resulted with more counters. It seemed that the game was going to end 1-0 in favor of the Dutch. However, in the first minute of stoppage time Arjen Robben was sprinting down the left hand side, while Depay was running full speed towards the penalty box. Robben then centered the ball, and Depay threw himself at the ball making contact with it and placing the ball into the back of the net, to give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory at 91 minute of the match.
With their victory the Dutch will now be facing CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico in the round of 16, on Sunday, June 29 at the Estádio Castelão at Foraleza, since they won the group. As for Chile they will facing the host nation Brazil on Saturday, June 28 at the Estádio Mineirão, at Belo Horizonte.
“If you told me that we’d win our three games to finish top of the group two months ago I’d have been delighted, but I don’t want to end it here,” Robben told FIFA.com after the game about wining the group. “We want to go on. Although we want to enjoy the moment, we’ll soon need to start to work hard in training to improve even more.”
Highlights to this match can be seen on this link http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=intl:1905926, video provided by ESPN FC.