2010’s beaten finalists Netherlands have qualified for their sixth Quarter-Finals as they eliminated another South American side on their home continent, with a 2-1 win over Chile.
After an even first-half which saw the sides exchange shots from distance and ask questions of their opponents’ goalkeepers, we didn’t get a break through until twenty minutes into the second-half.
Leroy Fer’s cross wasn’t cleared far enough, and Heitinga knocked the ball back into the box for Van Persie. Spotting the run of Wesley Sneijder, he laid the ball off for the Inter midfielder to lash low past Bravo from 25 yards out. Chile looked in vain to the Assistant for an offside flag against Huntelaar, but he wasn’t deemed to have been affecting Bravo’s vision.
Ten minutes later and a breakaway saw Fer and Robben bring the ball over halfway, with the latter being given far too much space by the Chileans. His cross to the far post was a gift for Leroy Fer who slot home to double the lead.
Within thirty seconds of the kick-off, Chile were awarded a penalty at the other end. Alexis Sánchez went on a mazy run, beating three men before being clipped by Jetro Willems who’d chased him down from the halfway line.
Arturo Vidal stepped up and scored his 8th goal for his country, but it end up being a consolation as the Netherlands closed the game out and set-up a last eight tie against Portugal or Australia.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 53: SECOND ROUND CHILE 1-2 NETHERLANDS Vidal 77 pen Sneijder 66 Fer 75 Brasilia