10 Key Factors That Will Decide FIFA World Cup 2014 Group B

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10 Key Factors That Will Decide FIFA World Cup 2014 Group B
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What promised to be one of the most intriguing group-stage draws in the 2014 Brazil World Cup ended in disappointing and anticlimactic fashion when Spain made an early exit from the tournament after succumbing to a 0-2 loss against Chile on Wednesday.

With the Netherlands having battled back from 1-2 down to secure a 3-2 win against a valiant Australia earlier on the day, Group B became the earliest group to announce both of their entrants to the round of 16—and 2010’s winners weren’t one of them.

Still, there is still lots to play for in round three: Who finishes in first place between the Netherlands and Chile, and whether Spain bow out having salvaged three points, or Australia hint at a bright future by compounding Spanish misery.

Here are 10 key factors that will decide how Group B finishes next Monday, June 23.

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