Germany survives Algeria in extra time, 2-1

Germany v Algeria: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

FINAL SCORE: Germany 2, Algeria 1

It didn’t go exactly as anticipated, but in the end, the expected winner came out on top.

Heading into the match, it looked like Algeria would sit back and pack it in, then try to beat Germany on the counterattack. Well, Algeria did indeed have success on the counterattack, but it certainly wasn’t as a result of sitting back and simply absorbing pressure. Algeria took it to Germany in the first half, using their pace and taking advantage of Germany’s high defensive line to get in behind the defense and create dangerous opportunities in Germany’s defensive third.

In fact, the African side had a goal called back in the 17th minute for offside – it was the correct call, though. Algeria continued to push forward, but couldn’t beat Manuel Neuer, who constantly raced out of his own penalty area to challenge Algerian attackers or clear the ball away after a throughball.

The second half was more as anticipated, with Germany doing a better job of controlling possession and not allowing Algeria to get free on counterattacks. The game changed a bit when Philipp Lahm was shifted to right back and Semi Khedira moved to midfield. Germany looked better in attack, but it took some time for the European side to get on the same page in midfield. Algeria was getting some opportunities, and the game became a little more wide-open.

Germany had several chances in the final minutes, but Rais M’Bolhi continued to come up big for Algeria.

We went to 30 minutes of extra time – and then Germany was finally able to break through.

The first goal came only two minutes into the extra time, off a beautiful finish from Andre Schurrle, who slotted a Thomas Muller cross past M’Bolhi. Mesut Ozil seemingly iced the game in the 120th minute, when he buried a shot from inside the penalty area after M’Bolhi saved Schurrle’s initial attempt. Abdelmoumene Djabou brought one back for Algeria in the 121st minute, but it wasn’t enough.

It wasn’t easy, but Germany is through to face France in quarterfinal.

120′ + 1 — GOAL: Abdelmoumene Djabou brings one back for Algeria! Can they score again?

120′ — GOAL! Mesut Ozil bangs it into the back of the net to clinch the win for Germany. Andre Schurrle’s shot was stopped, but Ozil buried the rebound.

117′ — Germany looked like it was going to go up 2-0, but Christoph Kramer’s attempt was blocked by M’Bolhi and Muller’s second chance went out of bounds.

114′ — Both sides look exhausted, but Algeria continues to push forward for an equalizer.

109′ — Germany sub.

IN: Christoph Kramer

OUT: Bastian Schweinsteiger

107′ — BOOKED! Philipp Lahm receives a yellow card for his challenge on Yacine Brahimi.

105′ — We’re at the midway point of the 30 minutes of extra time. Germany will enter the final 15 minutes with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a beautiful finish from Andre Schurrle off an excellent run and cross by Thomas Muller. Schurrle has been excellent since coming on, getting behind the Algeria defense and providing speed and incisiveness from the right. Algeria is getting more stretched now, as they have to push up in an attempt to equalize. Germany will have space on the counterattack in the final 15 minutes.

102′ — Algeria were nearly level. Semi Khedira’s botched clearance falls to the feet of Mehdi Mostefa, but he shoots it wide.

100′ — Algeria sub.

IN: Abdelmoumene Djabou

OUT: El Arabi Soudani

99′ — Beautiful cross from Sofiane Feghouli, but El Arabi Soudani can’t get on the end of it.

98′ — Algeria sub.

IN: Madjid Bouguerra

OUT: Rafik Halliche

92′ — GOAL! Andre Schurrle puts it in the back of the net after a great cross from Thomas Muller.

END OF SECOND HALF: And we’ve got 30 more minutes of football.

Germany came close several times in the final 10 minutes, with wide-open headers from Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger going right at M’Bolhi. Algeria looked more threatening in the first half than the second 45, but their counterattacks have still been dangerous.

90′ + 3 — Important sliding challenge from Rafik Halliche, who knocked away an Andre Schurrle cross.

90′ — Four minutes of stoppage time.

90′ — Lahm lofts a nice ball to Schweinsteiger, who heads it harmlessly at M’Bolhi. Could have possibly taken a touch.

87′ — What a trainwreck of a freekick for Germany. Thomas Muller tripped (purposely?) before running past the ball, and then Toni Kroos chips it right into the Algeria defenders.

Halliche has been excellent anchoring the back for Algeria, but he limps off.

82′ — Thomas Muller has another chance in the penalty area, but it’s wide. Germany is getting closer to breaking through.

80′ — Another save from M’Bolhi! Beautiful ball from Semi Khedira and Thomas Muller gets a clear header on it, but it’s saved, and Andre Schurrle’s rebound attempt is blocked out of bounds.

95′ — Man, look at that finish by Schurrle.

78′ — Algeria sub.

IN: Yacine Brahimi

OUT: Saphir Taider

77′ — Of course as soon as Lahm moves to the backline, Algeria starts taking some control in the midfield and getting chances.

70′ — Germany sub.

IN: Semi Khedira

OUT: Shkodran Mustafi

Khedira moves to the midfield, and Philipp Lahm moves to right back.

67′ — Germany has had plenty of set pieces in dangerous positions thus far, whether a free kick or a corner kick, and haven’t been able to make Algeria pay.

61′ — Germany doing a better job of controlling the match in the second half. Keeping possession and not allowing Algeria to get counterattacks in space, while also consistently getting the ball inside the Algeria box, whether off a cross or a shot from 20-25 yards out. The European side has certainly gotten the better of the half so far. Andre Schurrle has also been more direct.

55′ — A Philipp Lahm shot from about 22 yards out forces a deflection from M’Bolhi.

53′ — Look at that pass!

51′ — Wide-open, end-to-end stuff! Both teams getting opportunities on the counterattack!

50′ — Manuel Neuer has trouble collecting the ball, but he then unleashes a beautiful ball to Andre Schurrle past midfield that leads to a Germany corner kick.

49′ — Shkodran Mustafi has a headed chance for Germany, but it goes right to Rais M´Bolhi.

48′ — And Schurrle makes a bit of an impact immediately. Makes a nice run into the Algeria box, gathers the ball, but it’s deflected wide for a corner.

46′ — Germany sub.

IN: Andre Schurrle

OUT: Mario Gotze

HALFTIME: It’s a scoreless draw heading into the break.

I thought the game would be similar to Algeria’s group stage opener against Belgium, when the African side sat back and absorbed pressure, before attempting to counter. However, they haven’t sat back behind the ball — there certainly were not 10 men behind the ball at all times. The Algerian counterattack was extremely dangerous, with German’s lack of pace at the back hurting them. Moreover, the inability (or uninterest) by Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze to consistently track back has been an issue. Algeria even had a goal called back for a correct offside call.

Algeria looked more threatening for the first 25 or 30 minutes, although Germany began to control possession more effectively and get some chances toward the end of the first half. Rais M’Bolhi needed to come up with two big saves in the 40th minute to keep the game without a goal.

Can Algeria keep this up in the second 45? When they are able to counterattack, they have had their chances. Germany needs to get back better, and not force Manuel Neuer to come 30 yards off his line too often.

42′ — Booked! Algeria’s Rafik Halliche has been given a yellow card.

40′ — Fantastic tandem of saves from Rais M´Bolhi. He dived to save the initial shot from Toni Kroos, and then got up to block Mario Gotze’s rebound attempt.

35′ — Thomas Muller heads a Shkodran Mustafi cross just wide. Didn’t look like much, until Muller stepped inside his defender and got his head onto the ball.

33′ — Sofiane Feghouli sends his free kick sailing over the bar.

32′ — Mario Gotze fouls El Arabi Soudani from behind just outside the Germany 18-yard box. Again, Algeria’s counterattack giving the Europeans some issues. Can they break through and grab a goal?

28′ — Manuel Neuer slides about 25 yards from his line once again, as the Germany backline are having trouble dealing with the speed of the Algeria attacking band.

26′ — Germany manager Joachim Low clearly not happy with the action so far.

24′ — Mesut Ozil looked like he was attempting to chip it to the far post, but it floats toward Rais M´Bolhi, who was forced to tap it over the bar for a Germany corner kick.

19′ — Faouzi Ghoulam makes a nice run but puts it wide past Neuer. Yet another early chance for Algeria.

17′ — And Algeria has a goal called back due to offside. Good call. But Germany has really been threatened by this Algeria side, especially on the counterattack.

15′ — Sofiane Feghouli created a chance for Algeria, but he decides to take the shot from a tough angle as opposed to crossing to one of his two teammates that were in the box.

14′ — Bastian Schweinsteiger lets loose of a left-footed rocket from about 25 yards out, but it’s punched up and then casually caught by Rais M´Bolhi.

12′ — Germany has looked confused at the back on more than one occasion now. Taking out Mats Hummels has made Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker the center-back partnership, and perhaps they’re still getting accustomed to playing with one another. (Although they have plenty of experience in the past.)

9′ — Manuel Neuer needs to make a sliding challenge about 25 yards from his own net after coming out of his area too far. El Arabi Soudani beat Neuer to the ball and looked to get a clean shot, but Neuer’s slide forced out a corner kick.

6′ — Germany has owned most of possession, but Mbolhi has yet to be really threatened yet.

3′ — Germany looked to have a chance down the right flank, but it was incorrectly called back for offside.

Netherlands beats Chile, 2-0, and wins Group B

FINAL SCORE: Netherlands 2, Chile 0

With both teams already clinching a spot in the knockout stage, we weren’t sure what to expect from Monday’s match. Robin van Persie was out with yellow card accumulation, Arturo Vidal was also on the bench, and both sides made multiple changes from the first two matches.

It started out like a match in which both sides knew they were secured of a spot in the next round. They were feeling each other out, and there were plenty of tactical fouls throughout the 90 minutes. Chile controlled possession for the first 25-30 minutes, but couldn’t get too many clear-cut chances. That ended up being a theme for the match, as Chile only had a couple of legitimate scoring chances — despite seeming to look threatening for long stretches.

The Dutch began to accumulate chances late in the half, mostly due to the ability of Arjen Robben. He was his usual aggressive self, taking on defenders and beginning counterattacks by himself. Chile allowed him to get space on a regular basis, not forcing him to put the ball on his right foot.

The match went into halftime as a 0-0 draw.

The second half began quietly, although things would pick up in the final 15 minutes, as both teams were making subs of the attacking variety. Memphis Depay and Leroy Fer came for the Dutch, and both would make their presences felt quickly. Fer struck first, heading in a corner kick to put Netherlands up 1-0 in the 77th minute. Depay would clinch the victory, finishing a Robben cross in extra time to give the Dutch their second goal.

With the result, the Netherlands is winner of group B, while Chile finishes second.

FULL TIME — Netherlands 2, Chile 0

90′ + 2 — GOAL! Arjen Robben makes a great run down the left, then crosses it across the six-yard box to Memphis Depay, who knocks it into the back of the net.

90′ — Three minutes of time to be added. Guessing it will be filled with Chile corner kicks.

89′ — Chile has another corner kick, but it doesn’t hit anyone, and the cross back into the box is headed over the net by Gary Medel.

89′ — Netherlands sub.

IN: Terence Kongolo

OUT: Dirk Kuyt

88′ — Alexis Sanchez takes two corner kicks, with both going into the front defender for the Netherlands.

87′ — Dirk Kuyt is down and calling for a sub. Chile wants him to be carted off quickly so the match can continue. It looks like Chile received their requests.

81′ — Appeals in the box for a handball after Jorge Valdivia’s flick bounces off a Dutch defender and appears to hit another in the arm, but Chile’s attempt goes harmlessly wide. For all the attacks up the pitch for Chile, they haven’t had too many clear goal-scoring opportunities. Quite possibly missing the all-around play of Arturo Vidal in the middle.

81′ — Chile sub.

IN: Mauricio Pinilla

OUT: Eduardo Vargas

79′ — Chile now needs two goals to win the group.

77′ — GOAL! Leroy Fer heads in a corner past Bravo to put Netherlands up 1-0. Moments after entering as a sub.

77′ — Memphis Depay nearly makes his impact felt immediately. Turning and unleashing a rocket from 25 yards out, but Claudio Bravo was up to the task.

76′ — Netherlands sub.

IN: Leroy Fer

OUT: Wesley Sneijder

75′ — Netherlands wins a free kick, but it goes out for a corner kick. Robben’s left-footed service is headed wide by Dirk Kuyt.

70′ — Chile sub.

IN: Jorge Valdivia

OUT: Francisco Silva

69′ — Netherlands sub.

IN: Memphis Depay

OUT: Jeremain Lens

66′ — Robben with another left-footed strike on net. Chile continues to give him space in transition.

65′ — BOOKED! Netherlands defender Daley Blind gets a yellow card for his tackle on Sanchez.

The ensuing free-kick goes to no one, but Sanchez saves it from going out of bounds and then gets a shot on goal from a difficult angle.

64′ — Another challenge in the box involving Sanchez, this one from Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. He went to ground as the ball was going out of bounds, taking out Sanchez in the process. There was a brief appeal for a penalty from the Chilean attacker. (Although it should have been a corner kick.)

63′ — Netherlands would be just fine with a draw. They would win the group due to goal differential — and possibly avoid Brazil if the host country win group A (it is currently in first).

And it seems the Dutch know a 0-0 draw is in their interests.

62′ — Chile heads away a Netherlands free kick, but it falls to Sneijder — whose attempt is blocked and then cleared by Chile.

56′ — Alexis Sanchez launches one from about 25 yards out, but it goes over the net. He’s been very active and aggressive today.

54′ — Wesley Sneijder could have had a go from about 23 yards, but decided to drop it off for Jeremain Lens, whose attempt to play it back to Sneijder was too strong. Think it would have been a better move to get a shot on net.

49′ — The second half starting the same way the first 45 did: physical play, fouls, feeling each other out a bit.

Chile sub:

IN: Jean Beausejour

OUT: Felipe Gutiérrez

HALFTIME: The two sides enter the break in a scoreless draw.

It wasn’t without excitement, though. Both teams had plenty of chances, especially after the first 10-15 minutes or so, although very few were clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities. Chile owned possession and most of the better chances for the first 25 minutes or so, before Netherlands began to hit them on the counterattack and look dangerous. Most of Chile’s best efforts came via Alexis Sanchez or crosses from the left by Eugenia Mena. On the other side, Arjen Robben was the catalyst for the Dutch, which comes as no surprise. He was excellent on the counter, eagerly taking on defenders, and also put in a dangerous free kick from the right wing.

As it stands, the Netherlands would win the group.

44′ — Great free-kick from Marcelo Diaz, but Felipe Gutiérrez’s backward header goes wide.

42′ — Another counterattack, another chance for Netherlands. this one from Jeremain Lens, but it’s a poor effort and goes sailing into the stands.

40′ — Arjen Robben nearly gets his fourth goal of the competition. Essentially a one-man counterattack, Robben beat a couple of challenges and then knocked in a left-footed shot across his body, but it rolled wide. Chile can’t let him keep it on his left foot when he’s going full-speed.

37′ — Another shout for a penalty from Chile, as Dirk Kuyt knocks over Alexis Sanchez in the box on a cross. On replay, though, it didn’t look like much. Sanchez was none too happy.

35′ — Robben’s set-piece cross was on target, but Stefan De Vrij’s header wasn’t. Because of its small backline, Chile has had trouble dealing with crosses and balls over the top so far in the World Cup. Netherlands nearly exploited it on that attempt.

34′ — Multiple chances for Netherlands. Robben was leading a counterattack, but passed it behind De Jong — yet Chile failed to clear and Netherlands was able to get a cross in before it was booted away.

31′ — Appeals for a penalty kick after Daley Blind took out Charles Aránguiz inside the box. It looked like Blind got some of the ball first, though.

26′ — Sneijder’s free-kick looked slightly off-target and didn’t threaten Claudio Bravo too much.

25′ — BOOKED! Yellow card to Francisco Silva, who took down Jeremain Lens in a race for a ball played behind the Chile backline.

24′ — Things starting to open up a bit. Arjen Robben takes on multiple challenges down the right flank and gets into the box, but his shot is blocked and the rebound is knocked wide by Georginio Wijnaldum.

23′ — Sanchez plays a corner kick on the ground to Felipe Gutierrez, who gets an open chance from about 10 yards out — but is somewhat off-balance and sends it over the net.

19′ — Mena continues to make things happen down the left flank, putting in a couple of more crosses to no avail. Chile is the aggressor so far.

15′ — Good run by Charles Aránguiz, who took a through-ball and crossed it on the ground toward the Netherlands’ six-yard box before it was cleared.

13′ — Eugenio Mena creating a chance for Chile. Put in a dangerous cross that was headed well over the bar by Eduardo Vargas.

11′ — Chile has been looking to play it over the top to Alexis Sanchez, and seem to be getting closer to completing one of the long balls. Sanchez lost the race to the end-line moments ago, and then forced Jasper Cillessen to come out and collect another one.

7′ — I’m personally not a big fan of Group A playing its final matches after Group B. Should probably go in order, I would think. It will be interesting to see how Brazil comes out, depending on which team they would rather play. They could theoretically draw (or lose) if it suits them better. With that said, I don’t think Brazil — on their home soil — can do anything but win (and win big) against Cameroon.

4′ — Physical open couple of minutes, with a few fouls and not much else. Chile has had more of the possession, but it’s been mostly in the center of the mark, not looking too dangerous just yet.

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2014 FIFA World Cup: Netherlands beats Chile, 2-0, and wins Group B

By Jeff Borzello | CBSSports.com

June 23, 2014 2:00 pm ET

Arjen Robben was the catalyst for the Netherlands attack on Monday. (Getty Images)

Chile vs. Netherlands: MatchTracker | World Cup Scoreboard

FINAL SCORE: Netherlands 2, Chile 0

With both teams already clinching a spot in the knockout stage, we weren’t sure what to expect from Monday’s match. Robin van Persie was out with yellow card accumulation, Arturo Vidal was also on the bench, and both sides made multiple changes from the first two matches.

It started out like a match in which both sides knew they were secured of a spot in the next round. They were feeling each other out, and there were plenty of tactical fouls throughout the 90 minutes. Chile controlled possession for the first 25-30 minutes, but couldn’t get too many clear-cut chances. That ended up being a theme for the match, as Chile only had a couple of legitimate scoring chances — despite seeming to look threatening for long stretches.

The Dutch began to accumulate chances late in the half, mostly due to the ability of Arjen Robben. He was his usual aggressive self, taking on defenders and beginning counterattacks by himself. Chile allowed him to get space on a regular basis, not forcing him to put the ball on his right foot.

The match went into halftime as a 0-0 draw.

The second half began quietly, although things would pick up in the final 15 minutes, as both teams were making subs of the attacking variety. Memphis Depay and Leroy Fer came for the Dutch, and both would make their presences felt quickly. Fer struck first, heading in a corner kick to put Netherlands up 1-0 in the 77th minute. Depay would clinch the victory, finishing a Robben cross in extra time to give the Dutch their second goal.

With the result, the Netherlands is winner of group B, while Chile finishes second.

FULL TIME — Netherlands 2, Chile 0

90′ + 2 — GOAL! Arjen Robben makes a great run down the left, then crosses it across the six-yard box to Memphis Depay, who knocks it into the back of the net.

90′ — Three minutes of time to be added. Guessing it will be filled with Chile corner kicks.

89′ — Chile has another corner kick, but it doesn’t hit anyone, and the cross back into the box is headed over the net by Gary Medel.

89′ — Netherlands sub.

IN: Terence Kongolo

OUT: Dirk Kuyt

88′ — Alexis Sanchez takes two corner kicks, with both going into the front defender for the Netherlands.

87′ — Dirk Kuyt is down and calling for a sub. Chile wants him to be carted off quickly so the match can continue. It looks like Chile received their requests.

81′ — Appeals in the box for a handball after Jorge Valdivia’s flick bounces off a Dutch defender and appears to hit another in the arm, but Chile’s attempt goes harmlessly wide. For all the attacks up the pitch for Chile, they haven’t had too many clear goal-scoring opportunities. Quite possibly missing the all-around play of Arturo Vidal in the middle.

81′ — Chile sub.

IN: Mauricio Pinilla

OUT: Eduardo Vargas

GOAL GIF: (via @FlyByKnite)

79′ — Chile now needs two goals to win the group.

77′ — GOAL! Leroy Fer heads in a corner past Bravo to put Netherlands up 1-0. Moments after entering as a sub.

77′ — Memphis Depay nearly makes his impact felt immediately. Turning and unleashing a rocket from 25 yards out, but Claudio Bravo was up to the task.

76′ — Netherlands sub.

IN: Leroy Fer

OUT: Wesley Sneijder

75′ — Netherlands wins a free kick, but it goes out for a corner kick. Robben’s left-footed service is headed wide by Dirk Kuyt.

70′ — Chile sub.

IN: Jorge Valdivia

OUT: Francisco Silva

69′ — Netherlands sub.

IN: Memphis Depay

OUT: Jeremain Lens

66′ — Robben with another left-footed strike on net. Chile continues to give him space in transition.

65′ — BOOKED! Netherlands defender Daley Blind gets a yellow card for his tackle on Sanchez.

The ensuing free-kick goes to no one, but Sanchez saves it from going out of bounds and then gets a shot on goal from a difficult angle.

64′ — Another challenge in the box involving Sanchez, this one from Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. He went to ground as the ball was going out of bounds, taking out Sanchez in the process. There was a brief appeal for a penalty from the Chilean attacker. (Although it should have been a corner kick.)

63′ — Netherlands would be just fine with a draw. They would win the group due to goal differential — and possibly avoid Brazil if the host country win group A (it is currently in first).

And it seems the Dutch know a 0-0 draw is in their interests.

62′ — Chile heads away a Netherlands free kick, but it falls to Sneijder — whose attempt is blocked and then cleared by Chile.

56′ — Alexis Sanchez launches one from about 25 yards out, but it goes over the net. He’s been very active and aggressive today.

54′ — Wesley Sneijder could have had a go from about 23 yards, but decided to drop it off for Jeremain Lens, whose attempt to play it back to Sneijder was too strong. Think it would have been a better move to get a shot on net.

49′ — The second half starting the same way the first 45 did: physical play, fouls, feeling each other out a bit.

Chile sub:

IN: Jean Beausejour

OUT: Felipe Gutiérrez

HALFTIME: The two sides enter the break in a scoreless draw.

It wasn’t without excitement, though. Both teams had plenty of chances, especially after the first 10-15 minutes or so, although very few were clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities. Chile owned possession and most of the better chances for the first 25 minutes or so, before Netherlands began to hit them on the counterattack and look dangerous. Most of Chile’s best efforts came via Alexis Sanchez or crosses from the left by Eugenia Mena. On the other side, Arjen Robben was the catalyst for the Dutch, which comes as no surprise. He was excellent on the counter, eagerly taking on defenders, and also put in a dangerous free kick from the right wing.

As it stands, the Netherlands would win the group.

44′ — Great free-kick from Marcelo Diaz, but Felipe Gutiérrez’s backward header goes wide.

42′ — Another counterattack, another chance for Netherlands. this one from Jeremain Lens, but it’s a poor effort and goes sailing into the stands.

40′ — Arjen Robben nearly gets his fourth goal of the competition. Essentially a one-man counterattack, Robben beat a couple of challenges and then knocked in a left-footed shot across his body, but it rolled wide. Chile can’t let him keep it on his left foot when he’s going full-speed.

37′ — Another shout for a penalty from Chile, as Dirk Kuyt knocks over Alexis Sanchez in the box on a cross. On replay, though, it didn’t look like much. Sanchez was none too happy.

35′ — Robben’s set-piece cross was on target, but Stefan De Vrij’s header wasn’t. Because of its small backline, Chile has had trouble dealing with crosses and balls over the top so far in the World Cup. Netherlands nearly exploited it on that attempt.

34′ — Multiple chances for Netherlands. Robben was leading a counterattack, but passed it behind De Jong — yet Chile failed to clear and Netherlands was able to get a cross in before it was booted away.

31′ — Appeals for a penalty kick after Daley Blind took out Charles Aránguiz inside the box. It looked like Blind got some of the ball first, though.

26′ — Sneijder’s free-kick looked slightly off-target and didn’t threaten Claudio Bravo too much.

25′ — BOOKED! Yellow card to Francisco Silva, who took down Jeremain Lens in a race for a ball played behind the Chile backline. (via @FlyByKnite)

24′ — Things starting to open up a bit. Arjen Robben takes on multiple challenges down the right flank and gets into the box, but his shot is blocked and the rebound is knocked wide by Georginio Wijnaldum.

23′ — Sanchez plays a corner kick on the ground to Felipe Gutierrez, who gets an open chance from about 10 yards out — but is somewhat off-balance and sends it over the net.

19′ — Mena continues to make things happen down the left flank, putting in a couple of more crosses to no avail. Chile is the aggressor so far.

15′ — Good run by Charles Aránguiz, who took a through-ball and crossed it on the ground toward the Netherlands’ six-yard box before it was cleared.

13′ — Eugenio Mena creating a chance for Chile. Put in a dangerous cross that was headed well over the bar by Eduardo Vargas.

11′ — Chile has been looking to play it over the top to Alexis Sanchez, and seem to be getting closer to completing one of the long balls. Sanchez lost the race to the end-line moments ago, and then forced Jasper Cillessen to come out and collect another one.

7′ — I’m personally not a big fan of Group A playing its final matches after Group B. Should probably go in order, I would think. It will be interesting to see how Brazil comes out, depending on which team they would rather play. They could theoretically draw (or lose) if it suits them better. With that said, I don’t think Brazil — on their home soil — can do anything but win (and win big) against Cameroon.

4′ — Physical open couple of minutes, with a few fouls and not much else. Chile has had more of the possession, but it’s been mostly in the center of the mark, not looking too dangerous just yet.

PREGAME: Lineups.

No Vidal in this one, as expected. He’s still not 100 percent fit after surgery in May, and is also on a yellow card. Francisco Silva gets the start in the midfield, after clocking 90 minutes total in the first two group matches. Felipe Gutierrez gets his first start of the competition in midfield.

Van Persie is out due to yellow card accumulation, as Jeremain Lens comes in for him. Jonathan de Guzman and Bruno Martins Indi are also not in the starting XI, with Dirk Kuyt and Georginio Wijnaldum getting FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Coins their first starts of the World Cup.

Spain Star Diego Costa Risks Missing FIFA World Cup

Spain’s Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa risks missing next month’s World Cup after doctors warned Monday that a hamstring injury will force him to rest for two weeks.

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Costa, 25, left the pitch after nine minutes of his club Atletico Madrid’s Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday after having urgent treatment on the thigh-tear.

“He is not better. He is at best the same as before that match,” said Doctor Pedro Guillen, head of the Cemtro clinic where the Spain team sent the player for a scan.

“He still has a grade-one strain in his right hamstring and needs to rest for at least two weeks,” the doctor told radio station Cope.

European and world champions Spain play their first World Cup group match against the Netherlands on June 13.

“He could be there, but it will depend on his progress,” Guillen said. Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has put off naming his full squad to monitor the fitness of Costa and other key players from Atletico and Real Madrid after Saturday’s final.

Real won the clash in Lisbon 4-1 after extra time. Del Bosque has named three forwards — David Silva, Fernando Torres and Pedro Rodriguez — in a 19-man squad for a friendly match against Bolivia on May 30.

He will finalise his World Cup squad after that match, potentially adding Costa and seven other Atletico and Real Madrid players to the long list before whittling it down to 23.

Spain face Chile and Australia in World Cup Group B along with the Netherlands – their opponents in their 2010 World Cup final triumph.