2014 FIFA World Cup Group B

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Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Spain, the Netherlands, Chile, and Australia. This group contained the finalists of the previous World Cup in 2010: Spain (reigning champion) and the Netherlands (runners-up). Play began on 13 June and ended on 23 June 2014. The Netherlands and Chile progressed to the knockout stage, while Australia and Spain were eliminated after suffering two defeats in their opening two matches. Chile was eliminated by Brazil in the second round after penalties, while the Netherlands made their way to the semi-finals in which they lost to Argentina on penalties. The third place match was won by the Netherlands with a convincing 3-0 victory against Brazil.

Teams[edit]

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
B1 (seed)  Spain UEFA Group I winners 15 October 2013 14th 2010 Winners (2010) 1 1
B2  Netherlands UEFA Group D winners 10 September 2013 10th 2010 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010) 8 15
B3  Chile CONMEBOL third place 15 October 2013 9th 2010 Third place (1962) 12 14
B4  Australia AFC Fourth Round Group B 2nd runners-up 18 June 2013 4th 2010 Round of 16 (2006) 57 62
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
 Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
 Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0

Matches[edit]

Spain vs Netherlands[edit]

The two teams had met in ten previous matches, including in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, won by Spain 1–0 after extra time.[1] This was the first time in the FIFA World Cup that the previous finalists met in the group stage.

Halfway into the first half, the referee judged that Diego Costa caught a trailing leg from Stefan de Vrij's attempted tackle. Xabi Alonso scored the penalty kick for Spain, putting them into the lead. They were unable to keep the lead until half time though, with Robin van Persie scoring a 15-yard header after a long ball from Daley Blind. In the second half, Blind assisted another goal for Netherlands, this time setting up Arjen Robben. Twelve minutes later, Netherlands scored again, as De Vrij headed the ball in from a tight angle from a Wesley Sneijder free kick. Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas protested that he had been fouled by Van Persie, but the goal was allowed to stand and Casillas received a yellow card for his protest. Not long after this, a backpass from Sergio Ramos was miscontrolled by Casillas, resulting in Van Persie scoring his second goal of the game. The fifth goal for Netherlands was a solo effort from Robben. Having received the ball near the halfway line from a Ron Vlaar clearance, he beat two defenders and Casillas, before slotting the ball into the net.[2][3][4]

The 1–5 scoreline was the biggest loss margin for a defending champion in the FIFA World Cup, and also Spain's biggest loss in the World Cup since 1950.[5] With their goals, Van Persie and Robben became the first Dutch players to score in three World Cups.[6] Casillas and Xavi joined Andoni Zubizarreta as the only Spanish players to appear in four World Cups.[7]

13 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Spain  1–5  Netherlands
Alonso Goal 27' (pen.) Report Van Persie Goal 44'72'
Robben Goal 53'80'
De Vrij Goal 65'
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 48,173
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)[8]
Spain
Netherlands
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c) Booked 65'
RB 22 César Azpilicueta
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba
RM 8 Xavi
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
LM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 62'
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off 78'
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 62'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 62'
FW 11 Pedro Substituted in 62'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
ESP-NED 2014-06-13.svg
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij Booked 41' Substituted off 77'
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi
RWB 7 Daryl Janmaat
LWB 5 Daley Blind
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Booked 25' Substituted off 62'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) Booked 66' Substituted off 79'
CF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 20 Georginio Wijnaldum Substituted in 62'
DF 13 Joël Veltman Substituted in 77'
FW 17 Jeremain Lens Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal

Man of the Match:
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Chile vs Australia[edit]

The two teams had met in four previous matches, including in the 1974 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 0–0 draw.[9]

Chile took a 2–0 lead within the first 15 minutes. First, Alexis Sánchez controlled an Eduardo Vargas header in the penalty area to slot home. Two minutes later, Jorge Valdivia's shot from a Sánchez pass doubled the lead. Australia pulled one back through a Tim Cahill header from a cross by Ivan Franjic before half time. Australia could not find the equaliser in the second half, and in stoppage time, Chilean substitute Jean Beausejour converted the rebound after Mauricio Pinilla's shot was saved by Mathew Ryan.[10]

With their respective goals, Cahill became the first Australian player to score in three World Cups,[11] while Beausejour became the first Chilean player to score in two World Cups.[12]

13 June 2014
18:00 UTC−4
Chile  3–1  Australia
Sánchez Goal 12'
Valdivia Goal 14'
Beausejour Goal 90+2'
Report Cahill Goal 35'
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Attendance: 40,275
Referee: Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast)[8]
Chile
Australia
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
RB 4 Mauricio Isla
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
LB 2 Eugenio Mena
RM 20 Charles Aránguiz Booked 86'
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
LM 8 Arturo Vidal Substituted off 60'
RF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted off 68'
LF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 88'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez Substituted in 60'
MF 15 Jean Beausejour Substituted in 68'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli
CHI-AUS 2014-06-13.svg
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 2 Ivan Franjic Substituted off 49'
CB 22 Alex Wilkinson
CB 6 Matthew Špiranović
LB 3 Jason Davidson
CM 15 Mile Jedinak (c) Booked 58'
CM 5 Mark Milligan Booked 67'
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
AM 23 Mark Bresciano Substituted off 78'
LW 11 Tommy Oar Substituted off 68'
CF 4 Tim Cahill Booked 44'
Substitutions:
DF 19 Ryan McGowan Substituted in 49'
MF 10 Ben Halloran Substituted in 68'
MF 14 James Troisi Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou

Man of the Match:
Alexis Sánchez (Chile)

Assistant referees:
Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast)
Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth official:
Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Fifth official:
Eric Boria (United States)

Australia vs Netherlands[edit]

The two teams had met in three previous matches, all in friendlies, most recently in 2009.[13]

The Netherlands took the lead after Arjen Robben collected a Daley Blind headed pass at the halfway line, burst into the penalty area and scored. Soon after the restart, Australia equalised through Tim Cahill's volley from Ryan McGowan's cross. Australia took the lead in the second half with Mile Jedinak's penalty, awarded for a handball by Daryl Janmaat, but Robin van Persie equalised after he received substitute Memphis Depay's pass and scored. Ten minutes later, Memphis Depay received a pass from Jonathan de Guzmán and his long range effort beat Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.[14]

With his goal Depay became the youngest Dutch scorer in the World Cup.[15]

18 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Australia  2–3  Netherlands
Cahill Goal 21'
Jedinak Goal 54' (pen.)
Report Robben Goal 20'
Van Persie Goal 58'
Memphis Goal 68'
Australia
Netherlands
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 19 Ryan McGowan
CB 22 Alex Wilkinson
CB 6 Matthew Špiranović
LB 3 Jason Davidson
CM 15 Mile Jedinak (c)
CM 17 Matt McKay
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
AM 23 Mark Bresciano Substituted off 51'
LW 11 Tommy Oar Substituted off 77'
CF 4 Tim Cahill Booked 43' Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
MF 13 Oliver Bozanić Substituted in 51'
MF 10 Ben Halloran Substituted in 69'
FW 9 Adam Taggart Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
AUS-NED 2014-06-18.svg
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi Substituted off 45+3'
RM 7 Daryl Janmaat
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Substituted off 78'
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
LM 5 Daley Blind
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) Booked 47' Substituted off 87'
CF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 21 Memphis Depay Substituted in 45+3'
MF 20 Georginio Wijnaldum Substituted in 78'
FW 17 Jeremain Lens Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Rédouane Achik (Morocco)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Fifth official:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)

Spain vs Chile[edit]

The two teams had met in ten previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup group stage, both won by Spain (1950: 2–0; 2010: 2–1).[16]

Chile opened the scoring when Charles Aránguiz squared a pass to Eduardo Vargas to score home in the penalty area. Near the end of the first half Alexis Sánchez's free kick was parried by Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Aránguiz who put in the rebound. Spain, which needed at least a point to stay alive in the competition, had its best chance in the second half which fell to Sergio Busquets, but he missed from close range.[17] Spain's loss confirmed the qualification of both Chile and the Netherlands into the knockout stage, and eliminated both Spain and Australia.

Spain became the fifth defending champions to be knocked out in the group stage, and the first since 1950 to be eliminated after only two games (Italy were drawn into a three-team group and only played two games in 1950).[18]

18 June 2014
16:00 UTC−3
Spain  0–2  Chile
Report Vargas Goal 20'
Aránguiz Goal 43'
Spain
Chile
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 22 César Azpilicueta
CB 4 Javi Martínez
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
CM 14 Xabi Alonso Booked 41' Substituted off 46'
RW 21 David Silva
AM 6 Andrés Iniesta
LW 11 Pedro Substituted off 76'
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 64'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Koke Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 64'
MF 20 Santi Cazorla Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
ESP-CHI 2014-06-18.svg
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 5 Francisco Silva
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RM 4 Mauricio Isla
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz Substituted off 64'
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
LM 2 Eugenio Mena Booked 61'
AM 8 Arturo Vidal Booked 26' Substituted off 88'
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 85'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
Substitutions:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez Substituted in 64'
MF 10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted in 85'
MF 6 Carlos Carmona Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Eduardo Vargas (Chile)

Assistant referees:
Mark Hurd (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Fourth official:
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Fifth official:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)

Australia vs Spain[edit]

The two teams had never met before.[19] Australia forward Tim Cahill was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[20]

In a match between two already-eliminated teams, Spain went in front in the 36th minute after Andrés Iniesta threaded a pass down the right to overlapping full-back Juanfran, who then crossed the ball low to David Villa to finish with a back flick of his right foot low to the net.[21] In the second half, Fernando Torres scored Spain's second with a low finish from the left of the penalty area after a pass from Iniesta, before substitute Juan Mata, receiving a pass from Cesc Fàbregas, scored from the right of the penalty area with a low shot between the goalkeeper's legs.[22]

Villa's goal was his ninth career World Cup goal. Already Spain's record World Cup goalscorer, he also joined Fernando Hierro, Raúl and Julio Salinas as Spanish players who had scored in three World Cups.[23]

23 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Australia  0–3  Spain
Report Villa Goal 36'
Torres Goal 69'
Mata Goal 82'
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,375
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Australia
Spain
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 19 Ryan McGowan
CB 6 Matthew Špiranović Booked 88'
CB 22 Alex Wilkinson
LB 3 Jason Davidson
CM 17 Matt McKay
CM 15 Mile Jedinak (c) Booked 90+2'
CM 13 Oliver Bozanić Substituted off 72'
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
CF 9 Adam Taggart Substituted off 46'
LW 11 Tommy Oar Substituted off 61'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Ben Halloran Substituted in 46'
MF 14 James Troisi Substituted in 61'
MF 23 Mark Bresciano Substituted in 72'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
AUS-ESP 2014-06-23.svg
GK 23 Pepe Reina
RB 5 Juanfran
CB 2 Raúl Albiol
CB 15 Sergio Ramos (c) Booked 62'
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 83'
CM 17 Koke
AM 6 Andrés Iniesta
RW 20 Santi Cazorla Substituted off 68'
LW 7 David Villa Substituted off 56'
CF 9 Fernando Torres
Substitutions:
MF 13 Juan Mata Substituted in 56'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 68'
MF 21 David Silva Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque

Man of the Match:
David Villa (Spain)

Assistant referees:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Marwa (Kenya)

Netherlands vs Chile[edit]

The two teams had met in one previous match, at the 1928 Summer Olympics.[24] Netherlands forward Robin van Persie was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[20]

With both teams already assured of qualifying for the knockout stage after their first two matches, this match would decide which team would win the group: the Netherlands needed only a draw while Chile needed a win. The Netherlands went in front in the 77th minute with a header from six yards by substitute Leroy Fer after a Daryl Janmaat cross from the right. Another substitute Memphis Depay got the second in injury time, when he scored from close range after Arjen Robben had made a run down the left before crossing from the byline.[25] With this win the Netherlands won Group B with a perfect record of three wins out of three, while Chile finished as group runners-up.[26]

23 June 2014
13:00 UTC−3
Netherlands  2–0  Chile
Fer Goal 77'
Memphis Goal 90+2'
Report
Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
Attendance: 62,996
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Netherlands
Chile
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
RB 7 Daryl Janmaat
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
LB 5 Daley Blind Booked 64'
RM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
LM 15 Dirk Kuyt Substituted off 89'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder Substituted off 75'
CF 11 Arjen Robben (c)
CF 17 Jeremain Lens Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Memphis Depay Substituted in 69'
MF 18 Leroy Fer Substituted in 75'
DF 14 Terence Kongolo Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal
NED-CHI 2014-06-23.svg
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 5 Francisco Silva Booked 25' Substituted off 70'
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RWB 4 Mauricio Isla
LWB 2 Eugenio Mena
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
AM 16 Felipe Gutiérrez Substituted off 46'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 81'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Jean Beausejour Substituted in 46'
MF 10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted in 70'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)

References[edit]

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