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Robben a Passenger in Netherlands' 2-0 Group B Win over Chile

A late assist highlights a largely ineffective day for the forward as the Dutch did their part to avoid a date with hosts Brazil

Clive Rose

Arjen Robben's performance was not one of the glamorous ones, but now his standard for excellence is highest of any player at the World Cup.

His performance could be boiled down to three runs through the Chilean defense, but he managed to pick a pass in added time to substitute Memphis Depay off of his final run to continue his scoring contributions. The goal secured Netherlands' 2-0 victory over Chile to win Group B.

He remained Louis van Gaal's highest sitting player, roaming the attacking third and waiting for his windows to explode through. Without Robin van Persie on the pitch with a yellow card suspension, the Chilean defense did more to shut out Robben from receiving the ball. His runs came on breaks as they usually do, Jorge Sampaoli's back five compacting the space in the final third. He was also the left-footed set piece specialist, delivering a few dangerous balls that could not find the proper header.

With his assist, he has now matched Thomas Müller's production during the World Cup. Only Karim Benzema has contributed to more goals, the French attacker scoring three goals and recording two assists for France.

The Dutch will now avoid the winner of Group A, which could be hosts Brazil, whose final game is against Cameroon. Robben and Daniel van Buyten are the only two Bayern players to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

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