Netherlands vs. Chile: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, 2014 World Cup Preview

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Netherlands vs. Chile: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, 2014 World Cup Preview
Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Spain's failure to qualify for this year's World Cup round of 16 means that Netherlands and Chile meet on Monday in a battle to top Group B.

As things stand, the Dutch sit atop the pile by virtue of having a superior goal difference, meaning Chile have no reason to be restrained in their final group outing.

Metro's Joel Sked quoted Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz in saying "it doesn't matter who we face in the second round," but there is undoubtedly a more beneficial outcome in terms of World Cup longevity, and Group B's climax promises to be one of the fixtures of the first round.

 

Date: Monday, June 23

Time: 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), ESPN Player (U.S., subscription required)

TV Info: ITV 4 (UK), ESPN (U.S.)

 

Key Players to Watch

Netherlands: Wesley Sneijder

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Tied alongside France, the Netherlands have been the highest-scoring team at this year's World Cup so far. However, an impressive attacking line-up is nothing without its chain of supply, and that's where Wesley Sneijder comes in.

For years now, the Galatasaray puppeteer has marshalled the Oranje's front line with aplomb and celebrated the win over Australia with a congratulations from the Dutch king and queen upon making his 100th international appearance, per Dutch writer Elko Born:

A century of caps serves as fine recognition for Sneijder's contributions to the national team's cause, and the midfield pivot that Chile favour will struggle in dealing with the playmaker's creative influence on Monday.

 

Chile: Alexis Sanchez

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With Jorge Sampaoli promoting a very team-based ethic within his squad, it's of little surprise that the five goals scored by Chile at this year's World Cup have been netted by five different players. 

And Barcelona's Alex Sanchez was responsible for the very first of those five in the 3-1 win over Australia, but followed up that display with a stellar performance in the 2-0 win against Spain, praised by BT Sport's Darren Fletcher for his showing:

Sanchez provides a very amicable blend of both construction and finishing for Chile, blending provision and attack in a way that the opposition finds difficult to interpret.

The Barca man will scythe between the Netherlands' deeper-lying midfielders and the defensive line, and depending on how often he manages to elude his markers, can be of terrific benefit for the Chilean cause.

 

Key Battle

Arjen Robben vs. Gary Medel

Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Given the context of this meeting, it's difficult to ascertain which stars will be rested or risked by their managers on Monday, but Arjen Robben is the game-changer in Louis van Gaal's midst.

As Infostrada Sports confirms, the Dutch winger currently sits as joint leader in the race for this World Cup's Golden Boot:

However, Gary Medel will be looking to limit that tally's rise in what looks to be a terrific battle of tactics, with Van Gaal's inside forward likely to either have a terrific or torrid time against the 3-5-2/5-3-2 invert of Sampaoli's Chile.

With Medel maintaining his spot on the right of a defensive three for the South Americans, Cardiff City's terrier will have to be patient in coping with the Dutch wizard, who can turn this fixture in Holland's favour almost single-handedly.

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