Netherlands vs. Chile: Live Player Ratings

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Netherlands vs. Chile: Live Player Ratings
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Leroy Fer celebrates giving Holland the lead. How did he rate?

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
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Jasper Cillessen 5 5
Daryl Janmaat 6 6
Ron Vlaar 7.5 8
Stefan de Vrij 6 7
Daley Blind 6.5 6
Nigel de Jong 7 8
Georginio Wijnaldum 5 5
Dirk Kuyt 5 6
Wesley Sneijder 5.5 5
Jeremain Lens 6.5 6
Arjen Robben 6.5 8
Leroy Fer N/A 7
Memphis Depay N/A 7/5
Terence Kongolo N/A 5

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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.

 

Substitutions

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
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Claudio Bravo 6 6.5
Mauricio Isla 6 5
Eugenio Mena 7.5 7
Gonzalo Jara 6 5.5
Gary Medel 6 5.5
Francisco Silva 6 5
Charles Aranguiz 5.5 5
Marcelo Diaz 7 6
Felipe Gutierrez 6 N/A
Alexis Sanchez 7 7
Eduardo Vargas 7 6
Jean Beausejour N/A 5
Jorge Valdivia N/A 6.5
Mauricio Pinilla N/A 6

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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.

 

Substitutions

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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