World Cup 2014: Netherlands defeat Chile 2-0, top Group B

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Sao Paulo, June 23: Netherlands, runners-up of the 2010 World Cup, defeated Chile 2-0 in their last match in Group B at the Arena Corinthians here to top the group. They secured a 100 per cent success in the group stage by beating Spain (5-1), Australia (3-2) and Chile.

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The Dutch, who needed just a draw to finish as the group champions owing to a better goal difference, scored in the 77th minute when Leroy Fer substituting Wesley Sneijder netted the ball by a superb header.

FINAL GROUP B STANDING

Netherlands: Played 3, Won 3, Goals For 8, Goals Against 3, Points 9

Chile: Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, GF 5, GA 3 Points 6

Spain: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2, GF 4, GA 7, Pts 3

Australia: Played 3, Lost 3, GF 3, GA 9, Points 0

Memphis Depay, who scored the winner against Australia in the previous match, sealed it for the men in orange in the injury time following a fantastic run from Arjen Robben.

The Dutch were without suspended Robin van Persie, who have scored three goals in two matches so far, in an otherwise dull contest.

The Netherlands will face the runners-up of Group A (comprising Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon) in the pre-quarter final at Fortaleza on June 29 while Chile will take on the champions of Group A at Belo Horizonte on June 28.

Defenders Spain trounced Australia 3-0 in another inconsequential tie of Group B. Spain earned their first points of the tournament by winning this game but it was just for academic interest for they had already been knocked out by consecutive losses to the Netherlands and Chile.

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