2014 FIFA World Cup Group B

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Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Spain, the Netherlands, Chile, and Australia. This group contained the finalists of 2010 FIFA World Cup: Spain (reigning champion) and the Netherlands (runners-up). Play began on 13 June and ended on 23 June 2014. The Netherlands and Chile progressed to the knockout stage, while Australia and Spain were eliminated after suffering two defeats in their opening two matches. Chile was eliminated by Brazil in the second round after penalties, while the Netherlands made their way to the semi-finals in which they lost to Argentina on penalties. The third place match was won by the Netherlands with a convincing 3–0 victory against Brazil.

Teams[change | change source]

Draw position Team Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2013[nb 1] June 2014
B1 (seed)  Spain UEFA UEFA Group I winners 15 October 2013 14th 2010 Winners (2010) 1 1
B2  Netherlands UEFA UEFA Group D winners 10 September 2013 10th 2010 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010) 8 15
B3  Chile CONMEBOL CONMEBOL third place 15 October 2013 9th 2010 Third place (1962) 12 14
B4  Australia AFC AFC Fourth Round Group B 2nd runners-up 18 June 2013 4th 2010 Round of 16 (2006) 57 62
Notes
  1. The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
Chile Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
Spain Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 3
Australia Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 -6 0

Matches[change | change source]

Spain vs Netherlands[change | change source]

Spain Spain1-5Netherlands Netherlands
Alonso Goal 27' (pen.) Van Persie Goal 44'72'
Robben Goal 53'80'
De Vrij Goal 65'
Spain
Netherlands
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c) Yellow card 65'
RB 22 César Azpilicueta
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba
RM 8 Xavi
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
LM 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted off 62'
RW 21 David Silva Substituted off 78'
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 62'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 62'
FW 11 Pedro Substituted in 62'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
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GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij Yellow card 41' Substituted off 77'
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi
RWB 7 Daryl Janmaat
LWB 5 Daley Blind
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Yellow card 25' Substituted off 62'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) Yellow card 66' Substituted off 79'
CF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 20 Georginio Wijnaldum Substituted in 62'
DF 13 Joël Veltman Substituted in 77'
FW 17 Jeremain Lens Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal

Man of the Match:
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Renato Faverani (Italy)
Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Chile vs Australia[change | change source]

Chile Chile3-1Australia Australia
Sánchez Goal 12'
Valdivia Goal 14'
Beausejour Goal 90+2'
Cahill Goal 35'
Chile
Australia
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
RB 4 Mauricio Isla
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
LB 2 Eugenio Mena
RM 20 Charles Aránguiz Yellow card 86'
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
LM 8 Arturo Vidal Substituted off 60'
RF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted off 68'
LF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 88'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez Substituted in 60'
MF 15 Jean Beausejour Substituted in 68'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli
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GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 2 Ivan Franjic Substituted off 49'
CB 22 Alex Wilkinson
CB 6 Matthew Špiranović
LB 3 Jason Davidson
CM 15 Mile Jedinak (c) Yellow card 58'
CM 5 Mark Milligan Yellow card 67'
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
AM 23 Mark Bresciano Substituted off 78'
LW 11 Tommy Oar Substituted off 68'
CF 4 Tim Cahill Yellow card 44'
Substitutions:
DF 19 Ryan McGowan Substituted in 49'
MF 10 Ben Halloran Substituted in 68'
MF 14 James Troisi Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou

Man of the Match:
Alexis Sánchez (Chile)

Assistant referees:
Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast)
Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth official:
Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Fifth official:
Eric Boria (United States)

Australia vs Netherlands[change | change source]

Australia Australia2-3Netherlands Netherlands
Cahill Goal 21'
Jedinak Goal 54' (pen.)
Robben Goal 20'
Van Persie Goal 58'
Memphis Goal 68'
Australia
Netherlands
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 19 Ryan McGowan
CB 22 Alex Wilkinson
CB 6 Matthew Špiranović
LB 3 Jason Davidson
CM 15 Mile Jedinak (c)
CM 17 Matt McKay
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
AM 23 Mark Bresciano Substituted off 51'
LW 11 Tommy Oar Substituted off 77'
CF 4 Tim Cahill Yellow card 43' Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
MF 13 Oliver Bozanić Substituted in 51'
MF 10 Ben Halloran Substituted in 69'
FW 9 Adam Taggart Substituted in 77'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
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GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi Substituted off 45+3'
RM 7 Daryl Janmaat
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Substituted off 78'
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
LM 5 Daley Blind
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) Yellow card 47' Substituted off 87'
CF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 21 Memphis Depay Substituted in 45+3'
MF 20 Georginio Wijnaldum Substituted in 78'
FW 17 Jeremain Lens Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Rédouane Achik (Morocco)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Fifth official:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)

Spain vs Chile[change | change source]

Spain
Chile
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 22 César Azpilicueta
CB 4 Javi Martínez
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
CM 14 Xabi Alonso Yellow card 41' Substituted off 46'
RW 21 David Silva
AM 6 Andrés Iniesta
LW 11 Pedro Substituted off 76'
CF 19 Diego Costa Substituted off 64'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Koke Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Fernando Torres Substituted in 64'
MF 20 Santi Cazorla Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
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GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 5 Francisco Silva
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RM 4 Mauricio Isla
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz Substituted off 64'
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
LM 2 Eugenio Mena Yellow card 61'
AM 8 Arturo Vidal Yellow card 26' Substituted off 88'
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 85'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
Substitutions:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez Substituted in 64'
MF 10 Jorge Valdivia Substituted in 85'
MF 6 Carlos Carmona Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Eduardo Vargas (Chile)

Assistant referees:
Mark Hurd (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Fourth official:
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Fifth official:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)