By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 18, 2014
Group B figures to be one of the best groups at the 2014 World Cup, as it includes the two finalists from the last World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands. However, having those two European powers playing in South America could give the group an interesting twist, especially with the presence of Chile and long shot Australia. Here's a prediction of every Group B match.
The Netherlands has Spain on the ropes for a while, but they can't quite put the ball in the back of the net, and then one counter attack from the Spaniards spoils the opener for the Dutch, giving Spain three points and a big leg up in the group.
Playing on its home continent, Chile comes out on fire and playing with a lot of confidence. The Chileans knock how to attack and they completely overwhelm Australia, winning comfortably and convincingly.
Australia hangs tough, but the Dutch slowly and meticulously pick them apart over the course of 90 minutes and end up with a pair of goals from Robbin van Persie, giving Holland three points and a lot of confidence heading into their final group match.
Chile comes out full of energy and takes an early 2-0 lead. However, taking the lead proves easier than holding the lead, as Spain comes back in the second half with two goals of its own, as these two rivals end up with in a draw, which is a result that actually benefits both sides.
The Spaniards finally start to hit their stride, as they quickly dismantle and demoralize an Australian team that's had a rough tournament. Spain tries not to pour it on too much, but a deflated Australia surrenders a pair of easy goals late, giving Spain a lopsided win and a trip to the group stage.
With so much on the line, this match becomes an instant classic as these two teams go back and forth, providing entertaining soccer and plenty of goals for 90 minutes. Just when Chile thinks a 2-2 draw is secured, sending them to the knockout round, a defensive lapse leads to a goal by Arjen Robben, sending the Dutch through and ruining an otherwise great tournament from Chile.
Defending world champion Spain ends up winning the group with seven points, sending them to the knockout stage along with the Netherlands, who captured six points. Chile gets sent home despite four points and three well-played matches, while Australia gets kicked around for three matches, allowing 10 goals and scoring just once, as Group B provides endless entertainment and plenty of scoring.
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