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Jun 23, 2014

Steely Dutch down Chile, avoid Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a game that only burst into life late on, securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and ensuring they avoid a tricky meeting with hosts Brazil in the last 16.

Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the tournament, thumping home a close-range header in the 77th minute.

Jun 23, 2014

Dutch down Chile, look like dodging Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a game that only burst into life late on, securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning a tricky meeting with hosts Brazil in the last 16 looks unlikely.

Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the tournament, thumping home a close-range header in the 77th minute.

Jun 23, 2014

Dutch down Chile, likely to dodge Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a match that burst into life late on, securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning they look set to avoid hosts Brazil in the last 16.

Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the game, thumping home a close-range header from Daryl Janmaat’s cross in the 77th minute.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Dutch down Chile, likely to dodge Brazil

SAO PAULO, June 23 (Reuters) – A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a match that burst into life late on, securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning they look set to avoid hosts Brazil in the last 16.

Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the game, thumping home a close-range header from Daryl Janmaat’s cross in the 77th minute.

Jun 22, 2014

Netherlands coach keen to avoid Brazil, rails against FIFA

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is keen to avoid Brazil in the next round because the host country at any World Cup has the advantage, he said on Sunday.

On the eve of his team’s clash with Chile in Sao Paulo to decide who tops Group B, Van Gaal railed against world soccer’s governing body FIFA and suggested that the scheduling of the games disadvantaged the Dutch.

Jun 22, 2014

Concussed Martins Indi to miss Netherlands-Chile game

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi will miss their final World Cup Group B match against Chile on Monday after suffering concussion in the win over Australia, coach Louis Van Gaal said.

“Martins Indi is not fit for this match,” Van Gaal told reporters on Sunday.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Netherlands coach keen to avoid Brazil, rails against FIFA

SAO PAULO, June 22 (Reuters) – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is keen to avoid Brazil in the next round because the host country at any World Cup has the advantage, he said on Sunday.

On the eve of his team’s clash with Chile in Sao Paulo to decide who tops Group B, Van Gaal railed against world soccer’s governing body FIFA and suggested that the scheduling of the games disadvantaged the Dutch.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Concussed Martins Indi to miss Netherlands-Chile game

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi will miss their final World Cup Group B match against Chile on Monday after suffering concussion in the win over Australia, coach Louis Van Gaal said.

“Martins Indi is not fit for this match,” Van Gaal told reporters on Sunday.

Jun 21, 2014

Netherlands and Chile in scrap to avoid Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – With the loser likely to face hosts Brazil in the next round, the Netherlands and Chile will go all out for victory when they meet in their Group B match on Monday, even though both teams are through to the last 16.

While coaches studiously avoid discussing anything but the next game, what lies ahead adds a tantalizing twist to a contest between European thoroughbreds and a Chile team that has surpassed expectations by ousting champions Spain.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Netherlands and Chile in scrap to avoid Brazil

SAO PAULO, June 21 (Reuters) – With the loser likely to face hosts Brazil in the next round, the Netherlands and Chile will go all out for victory when they meet in their Group B match on Monday, even though both teams are through to the last 16.

While coaches studiously avoid discussing anything but the next game, what lies ahead adds a tantalising twist to a contest between European thoroughbreds and a Chile team that has surpassed expectations by ousting champions Spain.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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