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Netherlands tops Chile for Group B as Fer, Memphis tally goals

Jun 23, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

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Leroy Fer scored in the 77th minute and Memphis Depay added a goal in stoppage time as the Netherlands won Group B in the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 decision over Chile in Monday’s group finale.

It was another close win for Louis van Gaal’s squad, which did not have a player with ‘van’ in the lineup for the first time since 1996.

Netherlands now gets the second-place team in Group A, likely Mexico or Croatia, while Chile earns a date with the winner (likely a tantalizing match with host nation Brazil).

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It was a sleepy affair without a great deal of offense, as the intensity of both nations knowing their may have played a role in the great deal of nothing. This was especially true in the first half.

How brutal was it? This’ll help the description.

The second half at least supplied some moments, as Dirk Kuyt headed a strong Arjen Robben corner kick wide of the Chile goal in the 75th minute. Memphis lashed a shot on goal in the 77th that was deflected over the bar by Bravo.

But Fer, the Norwich City man, found the target on a free kick moments later, turning his head into a hammer to make it 1-0.

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Chile carried possession, danger and corner kicks late, but could not find their way through for an equalizer. Then Robben’s counter ended with a gorgeous low pass that Memphis buried for his second goal in as many matches.

Memphis, 20, is a transfer rumor favorite this offseason for Manchester United and Real Madrid amongst others.

Lineups

Chile: Bravo; Silva (Valdivia, 70′), Medel, Jara; Mena, Isla, Aranguiz, Diaz; Gutierrez (Beausejour, 46′); Sanchez, Vargas (Ferrara, 80′)

Netherlands: Cillessen; Vlaar, de Vrij, Blind; Janmaat, de Jong, Wijnaldum, Kuyt )(Kongolo, 89′);  Sneijder (Fer, 75′); Robben, Lens (Memphis, 68′)

Goals: (Fer, 77′), Memphis (90+2′)