First half was explosive excitement. Fast play, fancy controlled footwork, and both teams working hard to score. Yet, it is important to note that the Netherlands needs a win or draw to win the group. Chile needs a win to be deemed the leaders of the group.
There were a few misses with passing on the part of Holland. That was disappointing. Disappointment shown on Robben’s face. There were some definite dives by the Chilean players, but nothing that the Ref wasn’t aware of, including the 2 huge dives in front of the net, one that resulted in an argument, and exchanging of words between the two teams. Robben was so close to scoring… poor guy. Too bad Van Persie wasn’t playing today to help relieve the pressure and to work with Robben. Van Persie was sitting out due to having yellow cards.
Half Time… scoreless…
Second half.. Too many Chilean players faking big drama-filled dives and falls, even when they are not even near a Dutch player. So frustrating to watch. Ref gives yellow card to Daley Blind.. Fair? No.
Finally a goal (a beautiful header) by a Dutch player at his first appearance at an International match – Leroy Fer. Yay! 🙂
Goal #2 – Memphis Depay assisted by Robben… in the three minutes of extra time. 🙂
Final score: The Netherlands 2-0 Chile. Holland wins Group B.
My only question.. Where were all the oranje shirts in the crowd?? How unusual for a Nederlands voetbal match!