Netherlands 2-0 Chile: Five talking points
#2 Netherlands cede possession but not their position
van Gaal made a few changes to the side that started the opening two games, though they were more by default than by design. Although there were some personnel changes, the Dutch started the game, much like they did against Spain. They let Chile have the ball and proceeded to wait for opportunities on the break. Although Chile had a lot of the ball, they were unable to get through the packed Dutch defence.
Coming into the game, van Gaal knew that a point would be enough and it looked as though it was a point that he was going for. With a side that was set up to defend deep and attack with pace on the counter, he certainly came in with a game plan, that worked to perfection for the Oranje.
At times, Alexis Sanchez almost looked as though he was going to take the game away from the Dutch, but the defence stayed firm and helped maintain the side’s status at the top of the Group.