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Published on June 22nd, 2014 | by John Lyons

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La Roja seek to down the Dutch in World Cup

They´re already through to the last 16 of the World Cup, but Chile still have a big incentive to win their final Group B match against Holland tomorrow.
Heading into the noon showdown in Sao Paulo, la Roja and the Dutch have already booked their places in the knockout stages.
However, the advantage for the winners of tomorrow´s match is that they will top the group – and in all likelihood avoid a last 16 clash against hosts Brazil. Instead, a much more winnable tie against Mexico or Croatia would be on the cards.
Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli is expected to make one change to the side that pulled off a stunning 2-0 victory against Spain in the Maracaná last Wednesday. The indications are that Felipe Gutiérrez could replace Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in the starting line-up.
Sampaoli said: “We will have to be intelligent to neutralise the potential that Holland have. The team that has the intelligence to exploit the weaknesses of the other will win the game.
“We know that we will confront a very difficult team that has had a great World Cup. We will play with the best that we have to try to win the group.”
Midfielder Vidal has insisted Chile can´t worry about who they will face in the last 16.
He said: “It´s difficult to speak of Brazil or any other rival because we have a much more important game tomorrow. The important thing is to play tomorrow, win and see what happens.
“We will go step by step and prepare for the next game when it comes.”
Chile´s chances should be much greater because Holland will be lacking one of their stars, Manchester United´s Robin van Persie, who is suspended after picking up two yellow cards.

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