Netherlands grind out 2-0 win against Chile
Netherlands were able to grind out a 2-0 win against Chile on Tuesday's (June 24) Group B match.
Missing talismanic striker Robin Van Persie through suspension, the Dutch made their fans wait 77 mins before they score a goal.
Substitute Memphis Depay came on and his swerving shot was tipped over by the Chilean goalkeeper for a corner.
They then worked the resulting corner into the box for Leroy Fer to rise unmarked and power home a header in the 77th min.
Arjen Robben then went on one of his blistering runs and his cross set up Depay to tap home for Netherland's second goal of the game and his second of the tournament.
“They ended up winning, but in my opinion it was unfair because I think Chile made a huge effort to attack,” Chilean coach Jorge Sampaoli told reporters.
“We wanted to play and the Netherlands didn’t,” he added.
Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder defended his team's tactics by saying: “It was up to Chile to create something against it and they couldn’t create anything,” he said.
“They didn’t create any chances today, so it’s a compliment for our team and it’s a little bit disrespectful to say that we didn’t do anything today because we were the ones who won 2-0.”
In any case, as winners of Group B, they will face the runners up of Group A, Mexico on June 30.
Source: Reuters, AFP