Memphis Depay of the Netherlands scores against Chile during their World Cup match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo on June 23. Photo by Ivan Alvarado, Reuters
SAO PAULO - Goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday that put them top of World Cup Group B and likely to avoid a second-round meeting with Brazil.
Both teams were already assured of progress and the game lacked intensity until Fer produced a prodigious leap to head home Daryl Janmaat's angled cross two minutes after coming on.
Depay then ran on to a telling Arjen Robben pass to complete the win in stoppage-time,
The Netherlands, beaten finalists in 2010, will now play the runners-up from Group A, probably Mexico or Croatia, while Chile, who finished second on six, will play the Group A winners, likely to be Brazil.
Spain, who beat Australia 3-0 on Monday, finished third on three points with the Australians on zero.