Netherlands go into their final group game against Chile on Friday needing only a point to top Group B, and avoid a potential clash with Brazil in the next round.

  • By Michael Bell
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121nedWith both sides sitting on six points after wins over Australia and Spain, Netherlands face Chile knowing a draw would be good enough to top group B, and lead to a simpler route to the World Cup semi-finals.

The way things currently sit in the tournament means winning group B would set up a potential meeting with either Croatia or Mexico in the next round, and although neither side is to be underrated they are much less of an intimidating opponent than hosts Brazil, who will likely come out on top in group A.

Beating the runner up of group A would then mean a quarter final clash with the runner up of group C, likely to be Ivory Coast, or the winner of group D, currently Costa Rica. This represents a much simpler path for the Netherlands, rather than Brazil and then the likes of Italy, Colombia, or Uruguay if they finish 2nd in Group B.

Monday will represent Netherlands biggest test so far in the World Cup, and if they come out on top then its one huge step towards lifting the trophy in July.


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