Jun 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; A FIFA World Cup ball rests on the field during the friendly between Spain and El Salvador at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup 2014, Group B standings update: Chile into second behind Netherlands

In the first Group B game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Friday, the Netherlands stunned defending champions Spain with a 5-1 defeat. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben had two goals a piece while Spain’s lone goal came from the spot after a questionable penalty was awarded on a foul on striker Diego Costa.

Chile came out and scored two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game and it looked like they were going to run wild all over Australia. It looked like they could’ve won by a margin that would’ve allowed them move into first place with a greater goal differential than the Netherlands got in their 5-1 drubbing of Spain.

Instead Australia pulled a goal back changing the dynamics of the game and almost tied it on several occasions. It would’ve been a huge point for Australia had they managed to get the equalizer.

In the final minutes of the game, stoppage time to be exact, Chile added a third goal to make the score line more respectable on paper.


Group B schedule for the World Cup:

Group Play

Friday, June 13
Spain vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Chile vs. Australia, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Wednesday, June 18
Australia vs. Netherlands, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Spain vs. Chile, 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Monday, June 23
Netherlands vs. Chile, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Australia vs. Spain, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)

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