Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup consisted of Spain, the Netherlands, Chile, and Australia. This group contained the finalists of the previous World Cup in 2010: 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

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 August 2014 October 2019
B1 (seed)  Spain UEFA UEFA Group I winners 15 October 2013 14th 2010 Winners (2010) 1 1 7 8
B2  Netherlands UEFA UEFA Group D winners 10 September 2013 10th 2010 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010) 8 15 3 12
B3  Chile CONMEBOL CONMEBOL third place 15 October 2013 9th 2010 Third place (1962) 12 14 12 17
B4  Australia AFC AFC Fourth Round Group B 2nd runners-up 18 June 2013 4th 2010 Round of 16 (2006) 57 62 79 44
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2013 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
4  Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Matches

Spain vs Netherlands

Further information: List of 2014 FIFA World Cup controversies § Spain vs Netherlands

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The two teams had met in 9 previous matches, including in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, won by Spain 1–0 after extra time.[1] This was the first time in the FIFA World Cup that the previous finalists met in the group stage.

Halfway into the first half, the referee judged that Diego Costa caught a trailing leg from Stefan de Vrij's attempted tackle. Xabi Alonso scored the penalty kick for Spain, shooting into the bottom-right corner with his right foot, putting them into the lead. They were unable to keep the lead until half time though, with Robin van Persie scoring a 15-yard diving looping header after a long ball from Daley Blind from the left after he spotted Iker Casillas slightly off his line.[2] In the second half, Blind assisted another goal for Netherlands, this time setting up Arjen Robben who controlled the pass before coming inside to finish with his left foot from ten yards out. Twelve minutes later, Netherlands scored again, as De Vrij headed the ball in from a tight angle from a Wesley Sneijder free kick on the left. Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas protested that he had been fouled by Van Persie, but the goal was allowed to stand and Casillas received a yellow card for his protest. Not long after this, a backpass from Sergio Ramos was miscontrolled by Casillas with his left leg, resulting in Van Persie gathering the ball and scoring into an empty net for his second goal of the game. The fifth goal for Netherlands was a solo effort from Robben. Having received the ball near the halfway line from a Wesley Sneijder pass, he outran Ramos, Jordi Alba and Casillas, before slotting the ball into the net from 10 yards out with his left foot.[3][4][5]

The 5–1 scoreline was the biggest loss margin for a defending champion in the FIFA World Cup, and also Spain's second biggest loss in the World Cup after their 6–1 thrashing against Brazil in 1950.[6] With their goals, Van Persie and Robben became the first Dutch players to score in three World Cups.[7] Casillas and Xavi joined Andoni Zubizarreta as the only Spanish players to appear in four World Cups.[8]

Spain 1–5 Netherlands
  • Alonso 27' (pen.)
Report
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 downward-facing red arrow 62'
RW 21 David Silva downward-facing red arrow 78'
LW 6 Andrés Iniesta
CF 19 Diego Costa downward-facing red arrow 62'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Fernando Torres upward-facing green arrow 62'
FW 11 Pedro upward-facing green arrow 62'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas upward-facing green arrow 78'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij Yellow card 41' downward-facing red arrow 77'
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi
RWB 7 Daryl Janmaat
LWB 5 Daley Blind
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Yellow card 25' downward-facing red arrow 62'
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) Yellow card 66' downward-facing red arrow 79'
CF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 20 Georginio Wijnaldum upward-facing green arrow 62'
DF 13 Joël Veltman upward-facing green arrow 77'
FW 17 Jeremain Lens upward-facing green arrow 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

The two teams had met in five previous matches, including in the 1974 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 0–0 draw.[10]

Chile took a 2–0 lead within the first 15 minutes. First, Alexis Sánchez controlled an Eduardo Vargas header in the penalty area to slot home. Two minutes later, Jorge Valdivia's shot from a Sánchez pass doubled the lead. Australia pulled one back through a Tim Cahill header from a cross by Ivan Franjic before half time.[11]

Australia could not find the equaliser in the second half, and in stoppage time, Chilean substitute Jean Beausejour converted the rebound after Mauricio Pinilla's shot was saved by Mathew Ryan.[12]

With their respective goals, Cahill became the first Australian player to score in three World Cups,[13] while Beausejour became the first Chilean player to score in two World Cups.[14]

Chile 3–1 Australia
Report
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 downward-facing red arrow 60'
RF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 10 Jorge Valdivia downward-facing red arrow 68'
LF 11 Eduardo Vargas downward-facing red arrow 88'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez upward-facing green arrow 60'
MF 15 Jean Beausejour upward-facing green arrow 68'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla upward-facing green arrow 88'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 2 Ivan Franjic downward-facing red arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 78'
LW 11 Tommy Oar downward-facing red arrow 68'
CF 4 Tim Cahill Yellow card 44'
Substitutions:
DF 19 Ryan McGowan upward-facing green arrow 49'
MF 10 Ben Halloran upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 14 James Troisi upward-facing green arrow 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

The two teams had met in three previous matches, all in friendlies, most recently in 2009.[15]

The Netherlands took the lead after Arjen Robben collected a Daley Blind headed pass at the halfway line, burst into the penalty area and scored with a low shot to the goalkeepers left. Soon after the restart, Australia equalised through Tim Cahill's left-foot volley into the goal from the underside of the bar from Ryan McGowan's cross.[16] Australia took the lead in the second half with Mile Jedinak's penalty, awarded for a handball by Daryl Janmaat, but Robin van Persie equalised after he received substitute Memphis Depay's pass and scored. Ten minutes later, Memphis Depay received a pass from Jonathan de Guzmán and his long range effort beat Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.[17]

With his goal Depay became the youngest ever Dutch scorer in the World Cup at the age of 20.[18]

Australia 2–3 Netherlands
Report
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 downward-facing red arrow 51'
LW 11 Tommy Oar downward-facing red arrow 77'
CF 4 Tim Cahill Yellow card 43' downward-facing red arrow 69'
Substitutions:
MF 13 Oliver Bozanić upward-facing green arrow 51'
MF 10 Ben Halloran upward-facing green arrow 69'
FW 9 Adam Taggart upward-facing green arrow 77'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi downward-facing red arrow 45+3'
RM 7 Daryl Janmaat
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán downward-facing red arrow 78'
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
LM 5 Daley Blind
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c) Yellow card 47' downward-facing red arrow 87'
CF 11 Arjen Robben
Substitutions:
MF 21 Memphis Depay upward-facing green arrow 45+3'
MF 20 Georginio Wijnaldum upward-facing green arrow 78'
FW 17 Jeremain Lens upward-facing green arrow 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

The two teams had met in ten previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup group stage, both won by Spain (1950: 2–0; 2010: 2–1).[19]

Chile opened the scoring when Charles Aránguiz squared a pass to Eduardo Vargas to score home in the penalty area. Near the end of the first half Alexis Sánchez's free kick was parried by Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Aránguiz who put in the rebound.[20] Spain, which needed at least a point to stay alive in the competition, had its best chance in the second half which fell to Sergio Busquets, but he missed from close range.[21] Spain's loss confirmed the qualification of both Chile and the Netherlands into the knockout stage, and eliminated both Spain and Australia.

Spain became the fifth defending champions to be knocked out in the group stage.[22]

Spain 0–2 Chile
Report
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' downward-facing red arrow 46'
RW 21 David Silva
AM 6 Andrés Iniesta
LW 11 Pedro downward-facing red arrow 76'
CF 19 Diego Costa downward-facing red arrow 64'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Koke upward-facing green arrow 46'
FW 9 Fernando Torres upward-facing green arrow 64'
MF 20 Santi Cazorla upward-facing green arrow 76'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
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 downward-facing red arrow 64'
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
LM 2 Eugenio Mena Yellow card 61'
AM 8 Arturo Vidal Yellow card 26' downward-facing red arrow 88'
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas downward-facing red arrow 85'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
Substitutions:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez upward-facing green arrow 64'
MF 10 Jorge Valdivia upward-facing green arrow 85'
MF 6 Carlos Carmona upward-facing green arrow 88'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Eduardo Vargas (Chile)

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

Australia vs Spain

The two teams had never met before.[23] Australia forward Tim Cahill was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[24]

In a match between two already-eliminated teams, Spain went in front in the 36th minute after Andrés Iniesta threaded a pass down the right to overlapping full-back Juanfran, who then crossed the ball low to David Villa to finish with a back flick of his right foot low to the net.[25] In the second half, Fernando Torres scored Spain's second with a low finish from the left of the penalty area after a pass from Iniesta, before substitute Juan Mata, receiving a pass from Cesc Fàbregas, scored from the right of the penalty area with a low shot between the goalkeeper's legs.[26]

Villa's goal was his ninth career World Cup goal. Already Spain's record World Cup goalscorer, he also joined Fernando Hierro, Raúl and Julio Salinas as Spanish players who had scored in three World Cups.[27]

Australia 0–3 Spain
Report
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Attendance: 39,375
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Australia
Spain
GK 1 Mathew Ryan
RB 19 Ryan McGowan
CB 6 Matthew Špiranović Yellow card 88'
CB 22 Alex Wilkinson
LB 3 Jason Davidson
CM 17 Matt McKay
CM 15 Mile Jedinak (c) Yellow card 90+2'
CM 13 Oliver Bozanić downward-facing red arrow 72'
RW 7 Mathew Leckie
CF 9 Adam Taggart downward-facing red arrow 46'
LW 11 Tommy Oar downward-facing red arrow 61'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Ben Halloran upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 14 James Troisi upward-facing green arrow 61'
MF 23 Mark Bresciano upward-facing green arrow 72'
Manager:
Ange Postecoglou
GK 23 Pepe Reina
RB 5 Juanfran
CB 2 Raúl Albiol
CB 15 Sergio Ramos (c) Yellow card 62'
LB 18 Jordi Alba
CM 14 Xabi Alonso downward-facing red arrow 83'
CM 17 Koke
AM 6 Andrés Iniesta
RW 20 Santi Cazorla downward-facing red arrow 68'
LW 7 David Villa downward-facing red arrow 56'
CF 9 Fernando Torres
Substitutions:
MF 13 Juan Mata upward-facing green arrow 56'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas upward-facing green arrow 68'
MF 21 David Silva upward-facing green arrow 83'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque

Man of the Match:
David Villa (Spain)

Assistant referees:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Fifth official:
Aden Marwa (Kenya)

Netherlands vs Chile

The two teams had never met before.[28] Netherlands forward Robin van Persie was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[24]

With both teams already assured of qualifying for the knockout stage after their first two matches, this match would decide which team would win the group: the Netherlands needed only a draw while Chile needed a win. The Netherlands went in front in the 77th minute with a header from six yards by substitute Leroy Fer after a Daryl Janmaat cross from the right. Another substitute Memphis Depay got the second in injury time, when he scored from close range after Arjen Robben had made a run down the left before crossing from the byline.[29] With this win the Netherlands won Group B with a perfect record of three wins out of three, while Chile finished as group runners-up.[30]

Netherlands 2–0 Chile
Report
Netherlands
Chile
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen
RB 7 Daryl Janmaat
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
LB 5 Daley Blind Yellow card 64'
RM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
CM 6 Nigel de Jong
LM 15 Dirk Kuyt downward-facing red arrow 89'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder downward-facing red arrow 75'
SS 11 Arjen Robben (c)
CF 17 Jeremain Lens downward-facing red arrow 69'
Substitutions:
MF 21 Memphis Depay upward-facing green arrow 69'
MF 18 Leroy Fer upward-facing green arrow 75'
DF 14 Terence Kongolo upward-facing green arrow 89'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
CB 17 Gary Medel
CB 5 Francisco Silva Yellow card 25' downward-facing red arrow 70'
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RWB 4 Mauricio Isla
LWB 2 Eugenio Mena
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
AM 16 Felipe Gutiérrez downward-facing red arrow 46'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas downward-facing red arrow 81'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Jean Beausejour upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 10 Jorge Valdivia upward-facing green arrow 70'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla upward-facing green arrow 81'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)

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