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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 goalkeeper Iker Casillas was culpable for Chile’s second goal in the World Cup Group B match at the Maracana on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images.

In their great years, Spain made winning look easy. It was never easy. Their victories were flowed from an unprecedented intensity and control that in(...)

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(...)

Vicente Del Bosque of Spain (left) talks with goalkeeper Iker Casillas during a training session at the team’s training facilities in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Photograph: CJ Gunther/  EPA

Spain’s sensational 5-1 thrashing by the Netherlands was only a ‘partial defeat’, a relaxed-looking coach Vicente Del Bosque told reporters on Saturd(...)

Arjen Robben celebrates scoring one of his two goals with Dutch team-mate  Wesley Sneijder as Spain goalkeeper  Iker Casillas falls to his knees at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Brazil’s players trained on Friday morning so the squad could get lunch out of the way early and sit down to watch Mexico play Cameroon, their two rem(...)

Headlines such as ‘Humiliation’, ‘Fix this’ or ‘Total write-off’ are splashed across the front pages in Spain. Photograph: EPA

The Spanish press mourned their stunning loss to the Netherlands in their World Cup opener last night with words such as “humiliation” and “nightmare”(...)

Arjen Roben of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Spain their Group B match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Natal. Photograph: EPA

Day Two and Tony O’Donoghue and Kenny Cunningham were on the RTÉ couch, a particularly big one too for just the pair of them, the distance between (...)

Spain’s coach Vicente Del Bosque  during their 2014 World Cup Group B defeat to  the Netherlands at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Michael Dalder / Reuters

Vicente del Bosque, to be fair, could never have been accused of getting carried away when he came to meet the press after one title then another was (...)

Robin van Persie heads home a spectacular equaliser for  the Netherlands against Spain in the World Cup Group B clash at the  Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Netherlands 5 Spain 1 Back when the draw for the finals of Euro 2012 was still pending and there was still the prospect of a softer ride, Keith(...)

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