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    Australia - Netherlands 2:3 (1:1)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    18 June 2014 Porto Alegre /Estadio Beira-Rio 13:00 42877
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    PUCCI Stefano (ITA)
    Fifth Official
    MENKOUANDE Evarist (CMR)
    Referee
    HAIMOUDI Djamel (ALG)
    Assistant Referee 1
    ACHIK Redouane (MAR)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ETCHIALI Abdelhak (ALG)
    Fourth Official
    GASSAMA Bakary (GAM)

    Total Goals scored

    Arjen ROBBEN (NED) 20' , Tim CAHILL (AUS) 21' , Mile JEDINAK (AUS) 54' Penalty goal, Robin VAN PERSIE (NED) 58' , Memphis DEPAY (NED) 68'


    Australia

    Netherlands
    1
    RYAN (GK)
    1
    CILLESSEN (GK)
    3
    DAVIDSON
    2
    VLAAR
    4
    CAHILL (-69')
    3
    DE VRIJ
    6
    SPIRANOVIC
    4
    MARTINS INDI (-45'+3)
    7
    LECKIE
    5
    BLIND
    11
    OAR (-77')
    6
    DE JONG
    15
    JEDINAK (C)
    7
    JANMAAT
    17
    MCKAY
    8
    DE GUZMAN (-78')
    19
    MCGOWAN
    9
    V. PERSIE (C) (-87')
    22
    WILKINSON
    10
    SNEIJDER
    23
    BRESCIANO (-51')
    11
    ROBBEN
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    LANGERAK (GK)
    22
    VORM (GK)
    18
    GALEKOVIC (GK)
    23
    KRUL (GK)
    8
    WRIGHT
    12
    VERHAEGH
    9
    TAGGART (+77')
    13
    VELTMAN
    10
    HALLORAN (+69')
    14
    KONGOLO
    13
    BOZANIC (+51')
    15
    KUYT
    14
    TROISI
    16
    CLASIE
    16
    HOLLAND
    17
    LENS (+87')
    20
    VIDOSIC
    18
    FER
    21
    LUONGO
    19
    HUNTELAAR
    5
    MILLIGAN
    20
    WIJNALDUM (+78')
    2
    FRANJIC
    21
    MEMPHIS (+45'+3)
    Coach Coach
    POSTECOGLOU Ange (AUS) VAN GAAL Louis (NED)

    Cautions

    Tim CAHILL (AUS) 43' , Robin VAN PERSIE (NED) 47'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Oranje edge five-goal thriller

    The Netherlands have put one foot in the Round of 16 with a fantastically entertaining 3-2 win over Australia at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. The Socceroos, for their part, now stand on the brink of elimination despite an excellent performance, and the fate of both teams will be confirmed should Chile win or draw against Spain in today's second Group B encounter. Louis van Gaal went into this game with an unchanged line-up for the first time since taking charge of the Netherlands, but any hopes he had of his team picking up where they left off against the Spanish were to prove in vain. Australia were the best team by a distance in a first half that was illuminated by two outstanding goals, and by terrific wing play by the enterprising Mathew Leckie.

    The Frankfurt wide man caused the Dutch all sorts of problems and created the game's first genuine opportunity after 16 minutes when he skipped away from his marker and picked out Mark Bresciano at the edge of the box. The Qatar-based midfielder was quickly closed down by defenders, though, and saw his shot deflected behind for a corner. A goal would have been no more than the Socceroos deserved, even at that early stage, but four minutes later they found themselves behind after a lightning Dutch breakaway. The goal was all down to the speed and quality of Arjen Robben, with the Bayern Munich star spinning away from Alex Wilkinson on the halfway line, racing powerfully towards goal and angling a precise left-foot shot into the far corner of the net.

    It was a brilliant strike - one of the best of the tournament so far - and yet it was to be bettered within a few seconds at the other end. This was a very different kind of goal, with Tim Cahill allowing a long ball to drop over his shoulder before smashing a first-time volley in off the underside of the crossbar - and this with his supposedly weaker left foot. No-one could quibble with the fact that the Aussies were well worth their superb equaliser, and they should have gone into the interval with a one-goal advantage. As it was, Bresciano - having been teed up by yet more positive wing play by Leckie - leant back at the crucial moment and directed his right foot shot over the bar when a goal seemed likely.

    The Dutch, having changed their shape due in part to an injury to Bruno Martins Indi, began the second half more brightly and forced an excellent early save from Maty Ryan through Wesley Sneijder. However, they were to find themselves behind just eight minutes after the restart when Mile Jedinak coolly slotted home from the penalty spot, sending Jasper Cillessen the wrong way after Daryl Janmaat had been penalised for a handball. Australia's lead lasted barely longer than the Netherlands' had in the first half, though, with Robin Van Persie equalising inside four minutes. There was never any doubt once the Oranje's record scorer sprung the Aussie offside trap, with Van Persie able to set his sights before crashing a left-foot shot into the roof of the net from ten yards.

    Ultimately, this thrilling end-to-end game was decided in the space of a minute midway through the second half, when the Dutch scored just seconds after the Socceroos had missed a gilt-edged chance. Tommy Oar was the guilty party, opting to cross for Leckie, who could only chest into the arms of Cillessen, rather than go for goal himself from an unmarked position inside the box. That decision was punished in the very next attack, when substitute Memphis Depay turned, advanced and beat Ryan from 25 yards with a low, swerving right-foot shot. It was to prove the final goal of a match that will live long in the memory, and which could prove hugely significant in determining the outcome of Group B.

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    Australia-Netherlands: Quotes

    Ange Postecoglou, Australia coach
    “We were playing against three of the best nations in the world. People said we weren’t going to even score a goal. The goal was to [perform so that] when we come back in four years’ time, they fear us before the game and not just when they see us on the pitch. I put pressure on the players and the staff to go and get at the big teams. Saying it and doing it two different things. But today they did that and they didn’t get a reward. It’s heartbreaking. The players deserved a reward today. Everyone was outstanding. For the majority of the game, we looked more likely to win than game than not.”

    Louis van Gaal, Netherlands coach
    “I’m not relieved, because I believe in the second half we played better than Australia. In the first half they played better, but in the second half we had five, six, seven chances. I expected us to win. When [Matthew Leckie] missed that chance, I said to Patrick Kluivert, ‘We’re going to win this match.’ The way my players scored their goals was excellent, and it was very important for the spectators. And I don't like singling out players, but Nigel de Jong was inspirational."

    Arjen Robben, Budweiser Man of the Match
    “They played really aggressively. They played like it was their last chance. We were a little bit under pressure, but we gave the ball away too easily. But we made big step today. We have maximum points. Goal difference can make a difference, so the first game was like an extra point for us. We’ve seen so many great goals at this World Cup. It’s great for everybody, great for the fans, and we saw [some more] today.”

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