Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal’s Chile slipped to a 2-0 defeat in this evening's final Group B game against the Netherlands, a result which sees them progress through to the last 16 behind Louis van Gaal’s men in second place.
Isla featured for the entire 90 minutes in Sao Paulo, while his Bianconeri counterpart, Vidal, remained an unused substitute after coach Jorge Sampaoli elected to hand the midfielder a rest following Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph over Spain which mathematically secured qualification to the knockout stages.
Both sides pushed for the winner in a tightly contested affair but it was substitute Leroy Fer who eventually tipped the balance in the Dutch’s favour on 77 minutes, stooping to preserve their 100 per cent record in this year’s tournament by heading Daryl Janmaat’s centre beyond Claudio Bravo.
Chile rallied and could have drawn level just three minutes later when Stefan de Vrij spared Nigel de Jong’s blushes by clearing off the line following a corner, a last-ditch block that drew unsuccessful penalty claims from La Roja.
But after weathering significant pressure in the closing stages, van Gaal’s troops pounced on the counter to extend their lead in added time, Memphis Depay tapping in following good work from Arjen Robben.
The final outcome means Chile will face the winners of Group A - a three-horse race between Brazil, Mexico and Croatia to be decided this evening from 22.00 CET.