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2014-06-24 09:37:42




Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates socring with teammates Arjen Robben and Leroy Fer during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 23, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

Netherlands scored twice in the second half to seal Group B top spot over Chile with a 2-0 victory on Monday, with goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay keeping their 100 per cent record intact.


The pair found the net inside the last 15 minutes to settle a largely forgettable encounter in Sao Paulo and ensure that Louis van Gaal's men will likely avoid host nation Brazil in the last 16.

最后15分钟的两个进球使得本场比赛也成为圣保罗科林蒂安球场的难忘的一场比赛 ,确保了范加尔的荷兰队在16强淘汰赛中不会碰到东道主巴西队。

It was Chile who created the first opening, Eduardo Vargas heading over the crossbar.


The South Americans were beginning to enjoy the better of proceedings and came close to breaking the deadlock when Felipe Gutierrez curled over after being picked out by Alex Sanchez's clever corner.


But Louis van Gaal's men responded well, enjoying a good spell towards the end of the opening period.

Netherlands' endeavour almost brought reward, too, as Stefan de Vrij headed Arjen Robben's vicious, curling free kick wide.


Suddenly started making his presence felt, Robben illustrated his vast quality when picking up the ball inside his own half before beating two players and shooting narrowly wide.


The game was taking on an end-to-end nature, epitomised by an unmarked Gutierrez back-heading wide from Marcelo Diaz's set-piece.


Any momentum built up before the break had disappeared afterwards as both sides struggled to fashion opportunities, the desperation best summed up when Sanchez hit wildly over from 35 yards.


Robben still looked the likeliest of the Netherlands' attacking players, firing straight at Claudio Bravo after wriggling into space in the box.


Bravo had to be on high alert with 15 minutes to go, turning Memphis' 20-yard effort over the crossbar.


Yet he could do little moments later as Fer met Daryl Janmaat's centre with a bullet header that flew into the corner.


Chile responded with expected verve, yet that desire to force an equaliser ultimately proved their undoing as Robben tricked his way down the left and squared superbly for Memphis to tap home in injury-time.


(译者 shltt 编辑 齐磊)



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