High-Scoring Netherlands Avoids a Matchup With Brazil

Netherlands finished off a 2-0 victory against Chile in style and confirmed that they would finish first in Group B ahead of Chile, thereby avoiding a second-round match with Brazil.

updated: June 24, 2014 17:28 IST
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Netherlands, who stormed into the last 16 as Group B toppers, will take on Mexico in the knockout stage © AP

Sao Paulo: The Dutch have been here before in a World Cup. In South Africa four years ago on their way to the final, they also swept all three of their games in the first round.

But they have never been this productive in goal scoring this early: not in the days of Johan Cruyff and Total Football in the 1970s; not in the days of Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Kluivert in 1998.

The Dutch on Monday broke open a match against Chile that was long on full contact and short on open space in the 77th minute when Leroy Fer, a second-half substitute, took advantage of his first touch by scoring on a header from 6 yards out.

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