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Netherlands, Spain get wins in World Cup Group B
Netherlands, Spain get wins in World Cup Group B

Even a soccer-watching neophyte could detect which team would accept a draw and which craved a win in Group B's biggest showdown Monday. With both sides assured of passage to the World Cup round of 16, the Netherlands was in goal-prevention mode, knowing that a tie would clinch the top seed based on goal difference. Chile, by contrast, deployed only three defenders and attacked incessantly. The Dutch began inserting defensive-oriented players in the second half. One of them, midfielder Leroy Fer, pulled off a textbook header that provided a goal his team ultimately did not need in a 2-0 victory. Most of the Dutch chances came on the counter-attack. The strategy finally produced...

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