Brazil 2014 World Cup | Netherlands vs. Chile (Group B)

Hello, and welcome back for another day of football. Here, I will only be able to blog about one or two different posts, possibly for today, as there are 4 matches (this one included), two of them of which that start at 5:00PM, and the other two at 9:00PM. Make sure to keep pinned to this blog post, as this blog post will continually update live as the match unfolds.

Netherlands 2-0 Chile

 

Former Celtic Manager Neil Lennon: “Chile fans don’t sing the anthem from the heart, they sing it from the boot straps. They give it everything. These two teams have really lit up the World Cup and hopefully, with the pressure off, we can have more of the same.”

Chile players sing the national anthems
Credit: BBC Sport and Neil Lennon

Tom Rostance: “Gary Medel is a man not to be trifled with and he is left in a heap by a strong early challenge.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

The Typewriter: Incredible atmosphere during the Australian anthem – huge levels of support for the Aussies in Curitiba!

Tom Rostance: “Australia don’t waste any time getting the ball in the mixer, and it’s panic stations in the Spanish defence. There’s no Tim Cahill in there to meet it but Adam Taggart is hoping to be a nuisance. Dutch workhorse Dirk Kuyt appears to be playing at left wing-back. He’s got another four World Cups left in him out there…Speaking of rolling back the years, Spain forward David Villa beats two men on the left to get the fans on their feet but he rather ruins it by running headlong into a defender. He’ll be playing in Australia soon.”

Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands in action against Chile
Credit: BBC Sport

Neil Lennon: “The colour in the stadium is magnificent. You have the brilliant orange of the Dutch, the red of the Chileans and it is interspersed with Brazil’s yellow. It is like a huge fruit basket.”

Tom Rostance: “An insight into Neil Lennon’s fruit-buying habits there. If it’s red, orange or yellow he’s all over it. Don’t even think about buying him Granny Smiths…The pitch at the Arena Da Baixada is not helping either side but it’s a slow and steady start from Spain. Perhaps understandably. Arjen Robben whips in a dangerous cross from the right but Chile manage to flick the ball clear. As it stands, the Dutch will win Group B.”

Tottenham and Former USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel: “It might be there for the taking for Australia. Australia look to have their minds wrapped round the game better than Spain. They are trying to press Spain high up the pitch, get Iniesta off the ball and it is paying dividends. Iniesta and Torres look lack lustre.”

Tom Rostance: “Good run down the left from Chile man Eugenio Mena, and it ends with Eduardo Vargas heading well over the top of the Netherlands goal. Neither game has really caught fire. Chile just beginning to wake up though. Charles Aranguiz – scorer of a cracking toe-poke against Spain – sprints clear of his marker to find a pocket of space on the left of the area. He has Alexis Sanchez in the middle but his low cross is well cut out. The South Americans beginning to look dangerous…”

Neil Lennon: “The Netherlands have taken the sting out of Chile. They are playing direct and taking the pressing game out of Chile, taking the sting out of what has been so effective for them in this tournament.”

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Chris Gilbert: I have a nasty feeling this Netherlands – Chile game is going to turn into a boring dive fest.

Tom Rostance: “First opening of the game! Nice trademark tiki-taka stuff from Spain as they patiently probe from left to right, it’s played into the feet of Arsenal man Santi Cazorla, he turns and gets a shot off but it’s well blocked by Matt Spiranovic. Textbook defending from the Western Sydney Wanderers man. Spain will be pleased to get through the first 20 minutes without conceding… But they should be ahead! It’s a lovely pick from Andres Iniesta, floating a cross over the Aussie defence to find David Villa at the back stick, but the former Barca man leans back and shanks it high into the stand! Chile work a nice free-kick out to Eugenio Mena, who wins a corner. The corner is also neat and pulled back but Felipe Gutierrez blasts over the top. The Dutch enclave behind that goal is really impressive. Every single fan is decked out in the full replica kit. It’s wall-to-wall orange.”

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Erin Royle: Is there anyone who doesn’t want #Chile to do well? Loving watching them!

Tom Rostance: “Another slick move from Spain as David Villa this time picks out left-back Jordi Alba on the underlap, he rifles in the drive but Australian goalkeeper Maty Ryan makes a sturdy block. Spain finding their feet.”

Neil Lennon: “Chile showed a bit of imagination but it was just unfortunate that Gutierrez didn’t get his shot on target. Chile are trying to force the issues and Holland are trying to hold them off. It is fascinating.”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Kerry Peter Parvin: Vlaar is looking strong and a good player in this World Cup, wouldn’t be surprised to see him join a bigger club! maybe Arsenal.

Tom Rostance: “Ron Vlaar goes by the name ‘Ron-Crete’ in his homeland apparently. For his strength, not his pace. Ron Vlaar and Phillippe Senderos at the back for Aston Villa next season? Get those season tickets renewed!”

Gary Lineker: “Shame there’s not a World Cup plate for those going out in the group stage, or even a repechage!”

Tom Rostance: “Chile are really easy on the eye. So fluid and slick on the ball. Luiz Felipe Scolari said last year that the one team his Brazil side wanted to avoid was Chile, and you have all seen why in this tournament so far.”

Brad Friedel: “It seems like Spain have got their head round this game now and realised Australia haven’t just come to make up the numbers.”

Tom Rostance: “Andres Iniesta is winning his 100th cap for Spain this afternoon and he has just made his worst two passes of that whole spell. Both overhit and out of play.”

Queen Parks Rangers’ Midfielder Joey Barton: “Chile. The most refreshing team at this World Cup. Full of energy, ideas and flamboyance. Breath of fresh air. Hope they go far.”

Tom Rostance: “Ooooh! Hello! Daley Blind slides into the back of Charles Aranguiz as the Chile man meets a cross, he is off his feet and doesn’t get much of the ball – Chile want a spot-kick but referee Bakary Gassama waves play on. On second viewing the ref was bang on. Good call, but a silly challenge…In 33 minutes we’ve had one shot on target in two games. Come on! This is the best World Cup EVER…”

Fernando Torres
Credit: BBC Sport

Neil Lennon: “Both teams are cancelling themselves out. While Chile are trying to force the game, Holland are playing a very high line and forcing Chile to play the longer ball and thus nullifying an attacking threat.”

Tom Rostance: “Spain win a corner and work it all the way back to Pepe Reina in goal. Left-field stuff, but then they do go close as David Villa thrashes a low cross across the face of goal but Fernando Torres can’t get there. Five years ago, that was a goal…”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

John Pierce: Watching Spain for all of 5 minutes tells me how irrelevant tomorrow’s England game is. Only reason to watch will be Barkley.

Tom Rostance: “I can’t recall England having a totally dead rubber at a World Cup, so history is one reason to watch John. Netherlands go close, Arjen Robben with another brilliant delivery but Stefan De Vrij can’t steer his header in.”

NO GOALS THIS FIRST HALF, I HOPE THE SECOND HALF SHOWS SIGNS OF SOME GOALS.

2ND HALF KICK OFF!!!!

Tom Rostance: “A wonderful early cross from Dirk Kuyt, vintage stuff from the Dutchman, but Georginio Wijnaldum can’t quite connect with it. If he had done, he would surely have buried from seven yards out.”

Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands misses a chance against Chile

Neil Lennon: “Chile have nothing to lose. If they draw the game, they are probably going to play Brazil in the next round, so they may as well go for the win.”

Tom Rostance: “Chile do work an opening on the right as Alexis Sanchez comes out wide to pick it up, he megs one man but Daley Blind slams the door in his face. The Dutch number five has had a really good tournament. This is the deadest of dead rubbers. Nothing to play for at all for either side, and it shows. There’s not even pride at stake really. Australia can be proud already after their fine showing against the Dutch, and not many Spanish fans will take solace from beating Australia.”

Daley Blind and Alexis Sanchez
Credit: BBC Sport
Fernando Torres and Santi Carzola of Spain
Credit: BBC Sport

Tom Rostance: “Dirk Kuyt gets a right earful from Louis van Gaal as he prepares to take a throw-in. The Dutch manager is not a happy man with this slack start to the second half. It’s really flat. They’re all at it now. Fernando Torres tries a David Villa-style flick but his effort drifts wide – and he was offside too. He played a Barry there.*

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Matt Barron: Chile just look to dive at every opportunity. Considering how they played in the other two games, it’s not doing them any favours.

Neil Lennon: “Chile seem to have that belief in themselves. I like the cut of them, their body language, their coach, their intensity and self-belief. They given each team they play a real run for their money, in the match against Spain they were the better team and I think they have been the better side in this game as well.”

Tom Rostance: “The goalscorer is coming off. David Villa is replaced by Juan Mata, and that now means that every outfield player in the Spain squad has made an appearance. Is that the last we will see of Villa in a Spain shirt? Yes. Yes it is. Have both sides accepted their lot in Group B? It seems that way. Chile need a win to top the group but they’ve not upped the ante at all yet. Into the last half an hour of both games. It’s been the first real dud afternoon so far, perhaps understandably so given the context of the group. They could all shake hands now and get on with the knockout stages…

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Abdullah Mulla: Lots of these Holland players linked with Man Utd. Wouldn’t mind a few coming to old Trafford.

Chris Gilbert: As impressive as Chile and the Netherlands looked in their 1st games, they’ve looked flat since.

Tom Rostance: “Wesley Sneijder connects beautifully with a shot from 25 yards but he can only find the small of a defender’s back. Ouch. That will leave a right bruise! As it stands then the Netherlands will win Group B and will play the runners up in Group A – which could be Brazil, Croatia or Mexico. Chile will face the winners of that group. Dutch defender Daley Blind goes into the book for clattering Alexis Sanchez, who has a penalty appeal waved away after a footrace with goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. Chile just starting to up the pace…Australia have had nearly 60% of the ball in the second half. Against Spain. That takes some doing. No end product though.”

Group B
Credit: BBC Sport
Chile penalty appeal
Credit: BBC Sport

Dan from London on text: Does the Chile coach remind anyone else of Louis Spence?

Chile boss
Credit: BBC Sport

Neil Lennon: “The game needs a goal, we could really do with Chile scoring it and bringing Netherlands out of themselves as well. At the moment there is only one team trying to win this match. But maybe now Netherlands have taken the sting out of Chile they will get more into the game.”

Tom Rostance: “Where there is Arjen Robben, there is hope. The Dutchman again drives right through the middle, leaving two defenders in his wake before thrashing in a low shot which Claudio Bravo has to field low down. Better.”

Arjen Robben and Eugenio Mena vie for the ball
Credit: BBC Sport

Neil Lennon: “Arjen Robben is brilliant to watch, when he picks up the ball there is no other thought in this mind than to drive at people. And we saw a brilliant bit of skill from Alexis Sanchez to create what I think was Chile’s first shot on target. There has been a lot of good build-up play from both sides but both have been let down by a lack of quality in the finish. But the game is starting to open up a little more now so we may see more chances.”

Tom Rostance: “Twenty minutes to go. This has been a really slow game so far but are there signs of a late burst? “

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Yuma Stephen Gaga: Alexis Sanchez what a player. Wenger please sign him up.

mennofaulkner: Chile coach = a hyperactive (takes some doing) comic looking Andre Agassi.

Tom Rostance: “Arjen Robben snipes down the left wing and wins a free-kick. Quality needed…It is a good ball from Wesley Sneijder too, and the dangerous Stefan de Vrij is only just inches away from meeting it. From the following corner Dirk Kuyt heads wide!”

Neil Lennon: “We’ve got two quality sides but neither are living up to expectations today – it is frustrating. But Chile are going to go for it – they have to because a draw will still see them play Brazil if Brazil come through as we expect. The Chileans are throwing a few men forward now which is great to see.”

Gary Lineker (BBC Sport): “Forget about signing Costa, Chelsea. Torres is back!”

Tom Rostance: “A substitution they would no doubt like to see at Carrow Road – Leroy Fer replaces Wes Sneijder for the final 15 minutes. Memphis Belle! Lovely hit from substitute Memphis Depay and it forces Claudio Bravo into a flying save.”

Netherlands have scored with a 1-0 goal strike against Chile (Leroy Fer – 77′).

Tom Rostance: “As it stands the Netherlands will win Group B then. Who had money on Leroy Fer to score first?”

Robin van Persie applauds
Credit: BBC Sport

Leroy Fer’s Dutch Norwich City team mate Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Twitter: Llllllleeeeeerrrooooooyyyyyyy FERRRRR

Tom Rostance: “Into the last 10 minutes – and Chile almost level from a corner! Almost an own goal from Nigel de Jong, who flicks a header toward his own goal. It’s blocked on the line by Stefan de Vrij – by his elbow in fact. Could be a penalty, could be a goal. Is neither…”

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Chris Gilbert: Chile may just sit back now, they can’t realistically win the group. They need to rest their players for Brazil.

Rishi Verma: The Dutch are excelling themselves with these headed goals of theirs!

Fat Bob: Brazil v Chile. Nice. Though Chile can’t defend set pieces for toffee. Brazil to spend the match diving anywhere near the box.

Neil Lennon: “It is looking like Netherlands will win the group and it is important to note they will also get an extra day’s rest before the knockout stage. They have really done a number on Chile, tactically they have set themselves up very well.”

Tom Rostance: “Into the last five. Chile having a belated go, sub Mauricio Pinilla wants a penalty but he was offside. Only David Villa (13) has scored more goals in major tournaments for Spain than Fernando Torres, who now has nine. Great challenge! Nigel de Jong flies into Alexis Sanchez, that was all or nothing territory and the Milan man just about got the ball. Chile pushing hard…”

Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup

Keri Gibson: I’d enjoy this match far more if all the players, Chile in particular, didn’t keep falling over claiming foul.

Neil Lennon: “Dirk Kuyt has done remarkably well when you consider has been playing at left wing-back. Alexis Sanchez got on the wrong side of him there but that was a smashing challenge from Nigel De Jong to cover. Sometimes you see those given as a foul but he clearly won the ball.”

Tom Rostance: “Into added time in our two games…”

Netherlands scored again, with a 2-0 goal strike against Chile (Memphis Depay – 90′)

FULL TIME!!! THANK YOU FOR KEEPING UPDATED TO THIS BLOG FEED AS THE MATCH UNFOLDED. MAKE SURE TO CHECK BACK AT 9:00PM FOR THE GROUP A MATCH AGAINST CAMEROON AND BRAZIL.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THIS BLOG FEED :-).

-ALEX SMITHSON

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