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Netherlands 2-0 Chile: Five talking points

Srihari
FEATURED WRITER
Top 5 / Top 10
24 Jun 2014, 00:13 IST

After soaking up the pressure for much of the game, two goals from substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay ensured a third-straight victory for the Netherlands in this World Cup and sent them through to the Round of 16 as Group B winners, with Chile taking second place. Alexis Sanchez impressed for the Chileans, who were unable to break down the dogged Dutch defence. Here are the five major talking points from the clash that decided the winner of Group B.

#1 Netherlands\' defensive master class stifles Chiles attacking verve

Ever since giving birth to Total football in 1974, the Dutch have always been known for playing the game the way it should be played. Although the previous World Cup in which they kicked their way into the finals would have slightly tarnished their image, their trouncing of Spain in the opening encounter of this World Cup was enough to bring back fond memories of the past.

Against Chile, the Dutch resorted to the same tactics they employed against Spain in the first half. For much of the game, the Dutch merely soaked up the pressure and tried to break forward with Robbens pace and trickery.

Ceding possession to Chile meant that the Netherlands would have to be on their game defensively if they were to get through the onslaught. They managed that and much more.

Whether it was making crucial last-ditch tackles, telling interceptions or being at the right place at the right time to snuff out any danger, thedefence was as solid as it has been for a very long time. Their discipline made it hard for Chile to break them down and in the end built a solid platform for them to hit the sucker punch, latein the game.

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