Holland top Group B after 2-0 win over Chile in Sao Paulo

Date: June 23, 2014

Result: Holland 2-0 Chile

Scorers:

Holland: Fer 77, Depay 90

Venue: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

Attendance: 62,996

Match overview: Holland topped Group H after a 2-0 victory over Chile in Sao Paulo. The Dutch had needed only a draw and conceded possession to Chile for much of the game. But Chile could not find a way through a Dutch side that played with wing-backs to counter the efforts Chile’s wide men. Chile, despite fantastic support from their fans in the Arena de Sao Paulo, only managed one shot on target during the match. As they sought the goal that would put them top of the group, Chile left themselves vulnerable. Substitute Leroy Fer took advantage of Chile’s lack of defensive height to head Holland’s opener in the 77th minute. Another sub, Memphis Depay scored in stoppage time after a brilliant run and cross from Arjen Robben.

Key moment: Leroy Fer had only been on the pitch for 90 seconds when he rose to head home  Holland’s opening goal with his first touch of the game. For all Chile’s greater possession, it was the Dutch who took their chances.

Man of the match: Nigel De Jong played a key role in frustrating Chile’s movement in midfield and set up  Robben who supplied an outstanding cross for Depay to score Holland’s second goal.

Matter of fact: This was the first time since 1996 that Holland had fielded a team without a player with Van in his surname.

Talking point: Chile’s fans turned the stadium red and provided outstanding support to the players, who were left aggrieved by a number of potential penalty decisions that went against them, notably when Alexis Sanchez collided with Holland keeper Jasper Cliessen.

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Holland 10
  • Chile 6

On target

  • Holland 5
  • Chile 1

Corners

  • Holland 2
  • Chile 7

Line-ups:

Holland

  • 01 Cillessen
  • 02 Vlaar
  • 03 De Vrij
  • 05 Blind
  • 06 De Jong
  • 07 Janmaat
  • 10 Sneijder (Fer 73)
  • 11 Robben (c)
  • 15 Kuyt (Kongolo 87)
  • 17 Lens (Depay 68)
  • 20 Wijnaldum

Chile

  • 01 Bravo (c)
  • 02 Mena
  • 04 Isla
  • 05 Silva (Valdivia 69)
  • 07 Sanchez
  • 11 Vargas (Pinilla 81)
  • 16 Gutierrez (Beausejour 46)
  • 17 Medel
  • 18 Jara
  • 20 Aranguiz
  • 21 Diaz

 

Yellow cards:

Holland:

  • Blind 62

Chile:

  • Silva 25

Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)