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Monday, June 23, 2014 by PA

Holland and Chile have already punched their tickets to the knock-out round at the World Cup but each country is desperate to claim a good result when they square off on Monday in Sao Paulo.

Neither wants to finish second in Group B because that is likely to set up a meeting with Brazil in the last 16.

"If I could choose, I hope not to have to play against Brazil although Croatia and Mexico are not bad teams either," Holland coach Louis van Gaal said in La Tercera.com.

"But I think in a World Cup, the tournament hosts always have an advantage."

Both Holland and Chile have six points from two games. To avoid the Brazilians, the Dutch need at least a point to finish top while Chile must win to come in first and not second.

The Oranje thrashed defending champions Spain 5-1 in their group opener. Van Gaal's men were far less convincing next time out against Australia when they had to come from behind to prevail 3-2.

"Our main aim in a tournament like this one is to progress from the group stages," Van Gaal said. "We are in a difficult group and we became the first team to qualify for the knock-out round.

"For me that is incredible.

"Of course, now we want to finish first and that is going to be especially hard against Chile.

"I knew before hand that they would be our most difficult rival because they are impressive."

Chile beat Australia 3-1 before winning 2-0 against Spain to earn the praise of Van Gaal.

"Chile are incredibly intense and very organised," he said. "They play forward.

"They have a fantastic coach (Jorge Sampaoli) who has convinced his players of the way to face games.

"They follow his instructions in a passionate manner and a convincing one. It's beautiful to see them play.

"I predict a game with a lot of goalscoring chances, just as, like Spain, Chile is a team extremely anxious to attack.

"They are also a team that always trusts its own capabilities. I think both teams are equally strong. I expected a very balanced game."

The Dutch showed some weaknesses in their game against Australia but Van Gaal is hopeful his side will show their best against the South Americans.

"Australia played a very intense game which meant my players had less time and less space," he said. "That means you need more quality to break a rival's defence and we, that day, didn't have it.

"Perhaps we will against Chile.

"Having said that, if you still win despite having problems that is an advantage because the players will accept advice more willingly."

Chile coach Sampaoli says his team will go all out for the win.

"This is a final for Chile," he said. "We are not going to keep anything, we want to win the group.

"We are going to try to play with the best possible team in order to finish top of the pool."

Sampaoli admires Dutch football and expects Monday's game to be a huge test.

"Holland play direct football and they have a lethal counter-attack," he said. "They are very fast.

"We need to be more intelligent in order to show off the weakness of our rivals. The game will be won by the team that is more intelligent."

Sampaoli is expected to field the same starting XI that beat Spain with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal the only doubt.

Vidal, who recovered from a knee surgery prior to the start of the tournament, sat out Sunday's training session at the Arena Corinthians as a precautionary measure.

Jorge Valdivia could replace Vidal in midfield and play in support of attacking pair Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas.

Holland captain Robin van Persie will miss the game through suspension and will be replaced by Dirk Kuyt.

Kuyt will play alongside Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens.

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