Group B

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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal celebrates with his assistant Danny Blind after the first goal   against Chile during the World Cup Group B  match in Sao Paulo. Photograph:  Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal felt his side operated well in a changed system as they defeated Chile 2-0 to top World Cup Group B. The Dutch emerge(...)

David Villa flicks the ball past Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Spain 3 Australia 0A strange day that felt meaningful in a meaningless way; a day of farewells in which a long shadow was cast by those Spanish player(...)

Leroy Fer scores  powers home his header against Chile. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Chile 0Caught between the knowledge that both teams were already qualified and the risk that Brazil could lie in wait for the loser the (...)

Memphis Depay: could be rewarded with a start after his goal against Australia.

When the World Cup draw was made back in December, Group B was one of the candidates for the dreaded ‘group of death’ tag. But rather than finding (...)

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will wait until after the final group game against Australia to decide his future. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque insists he does not want to be a “hindrance” and has offered to step down as Spain coach due to the team’s early exit from the Worl(...)

Chile fans celebrate victory over Spain  at a public screening in Santiago. Photograph: Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

In Chile the press had no doubt their country’s national side had made history with its elimination of Spain thanks to its 2-0 defeat of the world cha(...)

Spain’s Sergio Ramos shows his despair after defending champions Spain had lost for the second time in World Cup Group B, against Chile at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and thus exited the competition.  Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Would everybody please get off the carousel – this ride is now shut. Okay, so technically it was Barcelona Alex Ferguson was comparing to a fai(...)

Charles Aranguiz of Chile (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring to put his side 2-0 up against Spain in the  Group B  match at the  Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/ EPA

Chile 2 Spain 0Spain’s football empire has fallen.The European and defending world champions were sent packing from the World Cup tonight, dumped out (...)

Chilean players celebrate in front of supporters after Charles Aranguiz made it 2-0 against Spain in the  World Cup  Group B match at  Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Stadium staff struggled to deal with a serious failure in security measures before Spain’s World Cup match against Chile at the Maracana. Hundr(...)

Australia’s Tim Cahill fires home a left-footed volley in the World Cup Group B clash against the Netherlands at  Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Netherlands 3 Australia 2Louis van Gaal had complained beforehand about his view from the dugout but for much of this extraordinary game the Dutch man(...)

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