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Wesley Sneijder: 'We proved our doubters wrong'

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder feels that his side showed their doubters that they were wrong to discount Louis van Gaal's men before the start of the tournament.

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has expressed his belief that he and his teammates proved their doubters wrong to top Group B at the World Cup.

Louis van Gaal's side were not backed to advance from the group stage at the start of the tournament as they faced off against Spain and Chile.

However, the Netherlands won the group at a canter comfortably winning all three of their matches, including a 5-1 hammering of Spain in their opening game.

Sneijder told FIFA.com: "When you win, the atmosphere is always fantastic. We were in a very tough group and before the tournament a lot of people were saying that we didn't stand much of a chance of progressing.

"But we always believed and [just before the World Cup] we started to play a new system.

"From that, the confidence began to grow more and more. If you're in a group with Spain, Chile and Australia and you come first, winning all three games and scoring ten goals, then you've done a fantastic job."

Van Gaal's side face Mexico in their second-round clash on Sunday.

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Netherlands' midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring with his teammates during the Group B football match between Netherlands and Chile at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014
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