Netherlands vs. Chile: Live Player Ratings

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2014

Leroy Fer celebrates giving Holland the lead. How did he rate?
Leroy Fer celebrates giving Holland the lead. How did he rate?Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 in Sao Paulo to qualify top of Group B.

The Dutch manager's second-half substitutions paid off in a contest that had been extremely tight and scrappy before then.

In his first real contribution after coming on Leroy Fer put Holland up 1-0 with a terrifically taken header.

Chile's search for an equaliser resulted in their being caught out in stoppage time. A long ball forward found the run of Arjen Robben, who wonderfully rounded the opposition's defence and then picked out Memphis Depay at the back post to seal the 2-0 win.

Ratings and a word or two on each player's performance are below.

Netherlands Player Ratings
Jasper Cillessen55
Daryl Janmaat66
Ron Vlaar7.58
Stefan de Vrij67
Daley Blind6.56
Nigel de Jong78
Georginio Wijnaldum55
Dirk Kuyt56
Wesley Sneijder5.55
Jeremain Lens6.56
Arjen Robben6.58
Leroy FerN/A7
Memphis DepayN/A7/5
Terence KongoloN/A5

Netherlands Half-Time Analysis

Jasper Cillessen: Little to do with Chile's best chances going wide of the mark.

Daryl Janmaat: Got forward well at times but found things a little tougher defending his own flank.

Ron Vlaar: Dominating the Chile attack in the penalty area.

Stefan de Vrij: Decent enough but showing signs of Chile attack getting at him.

Daley Blind: Largely in control but has not been able to do as much going forward as he might have liked.

Nigel de Jong: Aggressive and strong as usual. Winning a number of tackles but doing some chasing too when Chile spread the ball around.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Very quiet, not made the most of his starting opportunity yet.

Dirk Kuyt: Industrious as you would expect in fulfilling more defensive duties.

Wesley Sneijder: Pretty quiet too, bar some nice passes and set-piece deliveries.

Jeremain Lens: Not of Robin van Persie's quality but he has been eager, putting Chile on the back foot.

Arjen Robben: Some great work bringing the ball forward but has not found his finishing touch yet.

Netherlands Full-Time Analysis

Jasper Cillessen: Chile put further pressure on Holland, but the goalkeeper was rarely tested.

Daryl Janmaat: Got up and down the pitch again; decent enough for his team.

Ron Vlaar: Barely allowed Chile a sniff at goal.

Stefan de Vrij: Solid overall.

Daley Blind: Booked in the second half; mostly good work again as Chile struggled to get beyond him.

Nigel de Jong: Toeing the line between aggressive and cynical in his work maybe, but his tackling helped ensure Chile did not have it all their own way.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Little of note on the ball, but he put a decent shift in.

Dirk Kuyt: A good shift from the versatile Kuyt; did his job.

Wesley Sneijder: Still classy when he gets involved, but those moments were rare.

Jeremain Lens: Linked up nicely with those around him at times but did not really threaten by himself.

Arjen Robben: Excellent assist for Depay's goal; was kept quiet for large periods but always looked to run at Chile when he could.


Memphis Depay: Great running to get in position to tuck away Holland's second goal.

Leroy Fer: Excellently taken header; little else from the midfielder, but it did not matter.

Terence Kongolo: On late for Kuyt; too little time to really make much impact.

Chile Player Ratings
Claudio Bravo66.5
Mauricio Isla65
Eugenio Mena7.57
Gonzalo Jara65.5
Gary Medel65.5
Francisco Silva65
Charles Aranguiz5.55
Marcelo Diaz76
Felipe Gutierrez6N/A
Alexis Sanchez77
Eduardo Vargas76
Jean BeausejourN/A5
Jorge ValdiviaN/A6.5
Mauricio PinillaN/A6

Chile Half-Time Analysis

Claudio Bravo: Rarely called upon but was there to make a couple of tidy stops.

Mauricio Isla: Plenty of energy but not causing the Dutch too many problems.

Eugenio Mena: Provided great width down the left flank, putting in some good crosses.

Gonzalo Jara: Untroubled early on; had some issues when Robben and Leans began to put him on the back foot.

Gary Medel: Typically physical stuff from the defender.

Francisco Silva: Competitive and tough in the early going; up for the battle.

Charles Aranguiz: Involved but largely unremarkable.

Marcelo Diaz: His deliveries from set pieces caused Holland problems.

Felipe Gutierrez: Some good moments but as responsible as anyone for the scrappiness in the first half.

Alexis Sanchez: Getting in among the Dutch with some success but has been unable to contribute too much in the final third.

Eduardo Vargas: Good movement, spreading the play particularly well.

Chile Full-Time Analysis

Claudio Bravo: Another couple of good stops; was left helpless by his defence for the goals.

Mauricio Isla: Could only get so far down his right side before being stopped.

Eugenio Mena: Some nice crossing again going forward, but he rarely had anybody to aim at.

Gonzalo Jara: Looked to bring the ball forward when he could. Found himself turned inside and out when the Dutch got around him.

Gary Medel: Less effective in the second half as he tired and the Dutch searched for a goal.

Francisco Silva: Struggled as the Dutch moved the ball around well.

Charles Aranguiz: Involved in the building up of moves but not much more.

Marcelo Diaz: Used the ball well when he had the chance.

Felipe Gutierrez: Came off at half-time.

Alexis Sanchez: Some terrific, skillful stuff from the attacker, but he was largely dealt with comfortably.

Eduardo Vargas: Less effective in the second half before being withdrawn.


Jean Beausejour: Largely anonymous after his arrival.

Jorge Valdivia: Helped Chile gain a little momentum for a time.

Mauricio Pinilla: A lively presence looking to catch the Dutch defence out.


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