Thank you for following along with us as we saw the conclusion of Group B's games put Netherlands on top with a 2-0 win over Chile, who now face the second-placed team in Group A in Fortaleza on Sunday, while La Roja will play the top finisher in Group A on Saturday at Belo Horizonte. The final two Group A games kick off in just under two hours' time, and until then we invite you to join us back at our daily tournament blog for the latest reaction from these Group B games and a preview of what is still to come today from Brazil 2014.
FINAL GROUP B STANDINGS
FULL-TIME: A slow first-half led to a dominant performance by the Dutch, who controlled much of the play and were rewarded with two very good goals. The Netherlands win Group B and will face the second-placed team from Group A, while Chile settle for second in their Group B, which sets them up for a Round of 16 encounter with Group A's top finisher. Spain restored a bit of pride by beating Australia 3-0 in the concurrent match.
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FT: #AUS 0-3 #ESP @Guaje7Villa, @Torres & @juanmata8 goals see 2010 winners off in style #joinin #worldcup #AUSESP – http://t.co/hBwUu21SGJ— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 17:52
GOAL: Arjen Robben makes a great run and unselfishly passes off to Memphis Depay who tucks it away in the corner, just beating Marcelo Diaz to the ball. That goal surely gives the Netherlands all nine points in Group B.
Van Gaal makes his last change as Dirk Kuyt looks to be cramping up in the final minutes and brings on the young defender, who is making only his second appearance for the Oranje.
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Leroy Fer has scored the quickest goal by a sub at this World Cup, 91 seconds after coming on.
PHOTO: @LeroyFer10's header is his first touch since coming on as a sub #NEDCHI #WorldCup - http://t.co/417XDyVA6y http://t.co/3JGrKpkPsy— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 17:42
AUSTRALIA 0-3 SPAIN
Juan Mata adds to Spain's lead late on
GOAL: #AUS 0-3 #ESP @juanmata8 increases the Spaniards’ lead #joinin #worldcup #AUSESP – http://t.co/hBwUu21SGJ— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 17:41
Sampaoli makes his final change.
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Diaz's shot misses wide after some panic in the Dutch box, but the Oranje backline withstands the pressure.
GOAL: The substitute puts the Dutch ahead! Leroy Fer's first touch of the game is a goal! The No18 heads it perfectly down and away from Bravo and into the back of the net.
Leroy Fer, who is making his first appearance at Brazil 2014, comes on for the No10.
GOOD SAVE: Memphis Depay gets a great look on goal but Bravo tips it over the bar.
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Sneijder's free-kick is a good one, and Eduardo Vargas is forced to clear the danger for a corner.
In an attack-minded change, Sampaoli brings on the forward Valdivia for the midfielder Silva.
Depay, who scored the match-winner against Australia to secure the Netherlands' spot in the Round of 16, comes on for the forward.
AUSTRALIA 0-2 SPAIN
Fernando Torres makes it two to La Roja
GOAL: #AUS 0-2 #ESP Fernando @Torres doubles the 2010 winners’ lead #joinin #worldcup #AUSESP – http://t.co/hBwUu21SGJ— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 17:27
Robben gets a good look on goal and forces Bravo to make the save. He gives up a rebound but the Chilean backline clears the danger.
Sanchez beats Lens with some great footwork - he's been doing that all day - but the No7 elects to shoot from a poor angle instead of passing to his team-mates in the middle of the area.
The Netherlands' No5 joins Chile's No5 in the book after taking down Gary Medel.
GOOD BLOCK: Sneijder lines up a half-volley and hits it perfectly but Mauricio Isla bravely steps in front to stop the shot.
HIGH: Sanchez takes a touch into spaces, looks up and takes a long-range shot but it is constantly rising and sails over the bar.
Sneijder leads the next Dutch counter-attack and links up well with Lens, who gets the ball quickly back to the No10, but the Galatasaray midfielder loses control in the corner and Chile take back possession.
The Netherlands pick up where they left off at the end of the first half and dominate possession at the beginning of the second period. Chile are finding it difficult to get out of their own half.
Alexis Sanchez shows some more great skill and gets applause from the stands after some quick touches, but the Dutch ultimately take over.
It's a straight swap for Chile, one midfielder on for the other.
The Dutch kick off to get us back underway in Sao Paulo and coach Sampaoli makes one change during the break.
The two teams are making their way back out to the pitch the start the second half.
HALF-TIME: The two Group B sides head into the break still goalless, but Netherlands have certainly enjoyed the run of play in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the half. As it stands, Netherlands would win the group on goal difference and Chile would finish second. Meanwhile, Spain lead Australia 1-0 at the break courtesy of David Villa's clever flick to give La Roja some pride in their final match at Brazil 2014.
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@FIFAWorldCup I love the WorldCup! I think Holland will finally become world champions!! #WorldCup— Tiësto (@Tiësto) 23/06/2014 16:45
WIDE: Felipe Gutierrez lets the ball skip off the back of his head toward goal and he comes close but misses wide. That's Chile's best look at goal so far.
Netherlands are beginning to control the run of play now. Jeremain Lens heads toward the Chilean goal but opts to shoot early. His effort sails high and wide.
JUST WIDE: Arjen Robben makes a spectacular run through the heart of the Chilean defence, starting inside his own half and beats several defenders en route to goal but his shot is just wide of the far post. The No11 can't believe his effort didn't find its way into the back of the net!
AUSTRALIA 0-1 SPAIN
David Villa puts Spain ahead
GOAL: #AUS 0-1 #ESP @Guaje7Villa opens the scoring in Curitiba with a flicked finish #joinin #worldcup #AUSESP – http://t.co/hBwUu21SGJ— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 16:36
Always nice to watch the game knowing you're already through to the next round! #WorldCup #NED— Tiësto (@Tiësto) 23/06/2014 16:35
Go holland!! #NED http://t.co/opI1bnJ17s— Tiësto (@Tiësto) 23/06/2014 16:36
WIDE: Arjen Robben's free-kick finds Stefan de Vrij open at the far post but his header misses wide. The No3 should have done better with that.
Netherlands put together their first foray into Chile's area but the Dutch pass is behind Nigel de Jong to slow down the attack.
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Sanchez shows some great skill to create some space and the No7 tries to play forward to Marcelo Diaz but it's a bit too strong and rolls out for a goal-kick.
Netherlands' No10 takes the free-kick but it's wide of the frame and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo takes control.
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Francisco Silva is the first to go into the book after tripping Jermaine Lens, who otherwise would have had a clear look at goal.
Chile. The most refreshing team at this World Cup. Full of energy, ideas and flamboyance. Breath of fresh air. Hope they go far.— Joseph Barton (@Joseph Barton) 23/06/2014 16:24
HIGH: Felipe Gutierrez shoots first time from Sanchez's corner but his effort goes over the bar.
Mena causes more trouble for the Dutch backline as Chile prepare for their first corner.
Eugenio Mena enjoys some space on the right and the No2 passes to Charles Aranguiz, who cleverly leaves the ball for his striker partner but Dirk Kuyt intercepts well to break-up the attack.
Despite the slow start to the match, Chile are receiving some great support in the crowd as large masses in red shirts continue to stand and sing.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is the first time in 14 years that the Netherlands don't have a player with 'Van' in his surname in their starting XI. This last occured when the Oranje beat France at UEFA EURO 2000 3-2.
Alexis Sanchez nearly surprises the Dutch backline with a quick header from a deep pass out of midfield, but Jasper Cillessen is quick to cut out the danger.
It's been a cagey first few minutes from Sao Paulo as both teams clearly don't want to make an early mistake with so much at stake.
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Arjen Robben looks to start a quick counter-attack for the Netherlands but he fouls Gary Medel in the process and the referee stops the play.
Chile kick us off in their white kit, while Netherlands are in their traditional orange.
Come on Holland!! http://t.co/vnSEbV7bSu— Gio van Bronckhorst (@Gio van Bronckhorst) 23/06/2014 15:56
And now the Himno Nacional de Chile rings around the Arena de Sao Paulo, and the impressive Chilean supporters sing along with the team, creating a great atmosphere as we near kick off.
Het Wilhelmus is the first national anthem to play in Sao Paulo as the Netherlands team stands proud and sings along.
JORGE SAMPAOLI, CHILE COACH
“I'm very happy with the effort the players put in. We worked very hard on how we might beat Spain and we managed it, but now we have to face the Netherlands. It's an important match that will decide who wins the group. The idea is not to look any further ahead than the next game and to take things step by step.”
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Jasper CILLESSEN, 2 Ron VLAAR, 3 Stefan DE VRIJ, 4 Bruno MARTINS INDI, 5 Daley BLIND, 6 Nigel DE JONG, 7 Daryl JANMAAT, 8 Jonathan DE GUZMAN, 10 Wesley SNEIJDER, 9 Robin VAN PERSIE, 11 Arjen ROBBEN
1 Claudio BRAVO, 2 Eugenio MENA, 4 Mauricio ISLA, 5 Francisco SILVA, 17 Gary MEDEL, 6 Carlos CARMONA, 8 Arturo VIDAL, 20 Charles ARANGUIZ, 21 Marcelo DIAZ, 7 Alexis SANCHEZ, 11 Eduardo VARGAS
LOUIS VAN GAAL ON CHILE
"They are incredibly passionate and extremely well-organised. And they play on the attack. I think they have a fantastic coach, who has persuaded his players to play football. They carry out his instructions in a passionate and persuasive way and it is beautiful to see."
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A LOOK INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMS
Take an exclusive peek into the Netherlands' and Chile's changing rooms
Good luck Netherlands!! Great that the orange army is out again in such great numbers to support our lions. #WorldCup http://t.co/qoisaR5IUq— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@Ruud van Nistelrooy) 23/06/2014 15:29
CHILE IN DEPTH
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NETHERLANDS IN DEPTH
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THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Gambia's Bakary Gassama
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The two teams’ only prior encounter took place 86 years ago in the consolation final of the Olympic Football Tournament 1928 in Amsterdam. The fixture finished 2-2 but the Netherlands were declared the winners after drawing lots.
The staring XIs for the two teams have been announced!
#NED LINE-UP: Cillessen, Vlaar. De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Janmaat, Sneijder, Robben (c), Kuyt, Lens, Wijnaldum #NEDCHI #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 15:07
#CHI LINE-UP: Bravo (c), Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vargas, Gutierrez, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz #NEDCHI #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 15:07
Hello and welcome to one half of Group B's finale, and this match is a decisive one at that. Netherlands and Chile are playing in Sao Paulo for the top spot in the group this afternoon, so despite both teams already in the Round of 16 we can expect an entertaining match as the two sides will surely want to avoid hosts Brazil, should A Seleção progress out of Group A later on this afternoon. So, stay with us here as we bring you the minute-by-minute action from the Arena de Sao Paulo, along with important updates from Australia-Spain, which kicks off at the same time from the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.
Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo