Late goals hand Dutch top spot while Brazil and Mexico progress

A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a match that burst into life late securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning they look set to avoid hosts Brazil in the last 16.
Neymar scored twice to help put Brazil into the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup as his side swept aside Cameroon on Monday night. Net Photo
Neymar scored twice to help put Brazil into the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup as his side swept aside Cameroon on Monday night. Net Photo

A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a match that burst into life late securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning they look set to avoid hosts Brazil in the last 16.

Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the game, thumping home a close-range header from Daryl Janmaat's cross in the 77th minute.

Another replacement, Memphis Depay, made it two in stoppage- time after a marauding Arjen Robben broke down the left, turning what had been a scrappy match short of goal-mouth action into a comfortable win for the Dutch.

The Netherlands ended the group stage on a perfect nine points with Chile behind them on six. Reigning champions Spain finished third on three points after beating Australia 3-0 in the other Group B match.

"It was a very good game to watch, there was a lot of passion on the pitch, we defended really well, I am proud of the way the team defended," Robben said in a television interview.

"I think we did a great job and this is not where we want to stop. It is a fantastic result and a fantastic performance and we don't want it to end here, we need to change our mindset as we want to move forward." 

Brazil, Mexico book their places

Red-hot striker Neymar helped fire Brazil into a World Cup second-round meeting with Chile when he scored twice in the first half as the hosts survived an early scare against already-eliminated Cameroon to win 4-1 and top Group A on Monday.

Brazil's leading striker tucked in the first after 17 minutes from a Luiz Gustavo cross - the 100th goal of the tournament in Brazil's 100th World Cup match - but the delirious home crowd were silenced nine minutes later when Joel Matip equalised moments after he had hit the bar with a header.

Neymar cut inside to fire in his second, and fourth of the this World Cup, in the 35th minute and Brazil cruised home with a Fred header four minutes into the second half and a goal for substitute Fernandinho six minutes from time.

The hosts and favourites finish with seven points and will face Group B runners-up Chile in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Mexico came second after a 3-1 win over Croatia and will play Netherlands. Cameroon were last after losing all three games.

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