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World Cup: Australia 2-3 Netherlands

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Highlights: Australia 2-3 Netherlands

Netherlands secured a last-16 place in the 2014 Fifa World Cup as Memphis Depay gave them victory over Australia, who are out of the tournament.

Arjen Robben angled in a shot to put the Dutch ahead, but Tim Cahill soon equalised with a stunning volley.

Mile Jedinak slotted in a penalty for Australia before Robin van Persie lashed home to level it at 2-2.

Mathew Leckie then missed a chance for the Socceroos, and Depay sent in a 25-yard shot for the winner.

Netherlands demolished holders Spain in their opening game and, though they came nowhere near those heights, they had enough to overcome a bold Australia at the imposing Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.

Progress to the last 16 was secured after holders Spain were beaten by Chile, who join the Dutch on six points in the group.

Having lost to Chile in their first match, Australia's hopes of reaching the next round are over, but their youthful side certainly gave Netherlands a scare.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said before the game his side intended to attack - and they were true to his words in the opening exchanges.

But a flash of quality from Robben saw the Netherlands take the lead against the run of play. The Bayern Munich forward feinted his way past Alex Wilkinson on the halfway line, raced towards the Australia goal and drove in an angled shot for his third goal of the World Cup.

The Socceroos responded immediately with one of the goals of the tournament so far, Cahill meeting an angled ball from the right with a powerful left-foot volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Had midfielder Mark Bresciano and defender Matthew Spiranovic shown the same poise, Australia could have taken the lead earlier than they did.

Bresciano ran onto a low Leckie cross only to shoot over from just inside the area, while Spiranovic got away from his marker at a free-kick but side-footed an eight-yard shot straight at keeper Jasper Cillessen.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal had complained about his view from the dugout before the match - and much of what he saw is not likely to have pleased him, especially defensively.

Cahill and Van Persie were both ruled out of their teams' final group games after being shown their second yellow cards of the tournament, either side of Leckie having a goal disallowed after he was adjudged to have fouled Daley Blind.

But Australia continued to press, and went in front when an Oliver Bozanic cross struck the hand of Daryl Janmaat and Jedinak slotted home from the spot.

The lead did not last long, though, as Van Persie netted his 11th goal in 10 internationals, controlling the ball before turning and firing into the roof of the net.

Australia again opened up the Dutch and Tommy Oar crossed for Leckie, who chested rather than headed the ball straight at Cillessen.

But it was Depay who decided the outcome of the game, the 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger curling a shot beyond the reach of Mat Ryan to give Netherlands their first victory in four games against Australia.

Australian coach Ange Postecoglou:

"I just wanted the players to get the reward for the way they went about things today.

"I have put a lot of pressure on the players and the staff that we are going to be a certain type of team and take it to world-class opposition, but it is one thing saying it and another thing doing it.

"They did that today but didn't get their reward. It's heartbreaking and massively disappointing."

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal:

"If in the first half you lose the ball so simply or so often, then the formation doesn't matter. I needed to change something at half-time to boost their confidence and change their mindset.

"Fortunately it turned out OK, but it could have turned out differently. In the second half we had more chances and the way the players came from behind was incredible. To recover and correct that situation showed a lot of mental strength."

Arjen Robben scores to put Netherlands in front against Australia
Arjen Robben has scored four goals in his past four World Cup games
Australia midfielder Tim Cahill celebrates his stunning volley against Netherlands
Australia midfielder Tim Cahill has scored five of his side's 11 World Cup goals
Memphis Depay scores the Dutch side's winner against Australia
The Dutch have won three of the past four World Cup games in which they have gone behind

Line-ups

Australia

  • 1Ryan
  • 19McGowan
  • 3Davidson
  • 17McKay
  • 22Wilkinson
  • 6Spiranovic
  • 7Leckie
  • 15Jedinak
  • 4CahillBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHalloranat 68'minutes
  • 23BrescianoSubstituted forBozanicat 51'minutes
  • 11OarSubstituted forTaggartat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Milligan
  • 8Wright
  • 9Taggart
  • 10Halloran
  • 12Langerak
  • 13Bozanic
  • 14Troisi
  • 16Holland
  • 18Galekovic
  • 20Vidosic
  • 21Luongo

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 7Janmaat
  • 5Blind
  • 4Martins IndiSubstituted forDepayat 45+3'minutes
  • 2Vlaar
  • 3de Vrij
  • 8de GuzmánSubstituted forWijnaldumat 78'minutes
  • 6de Jong
  • 10Sneijder
  • 9van PersieBooked at 47minsSubstituted forLensat 87'minutes
  • 11Robben

Substitutes

  • 12Verhaegh
  • 13Veltman
  • 14Kongolo
  • 15Kuyt
  • 16Clasie
  • 17Lens
  • 18Fer
  • 19Huntelaar
  • 20Wijnaldum
  • 21Depay
  • 22Vorm
  • 23Krul
Referee:
Djamel Haimoudi
Attendance:
42,877

Match Stats

Home TeamAustraliaAway TeamNetherlands
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away25

Live Text

Match ends, Australia 2, Holland 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Australia 2, Holland 3.

Attempt saved. Jeremain Lens (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

Oliver Bozanic (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland).

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

Jeremain Lens (Holland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daley Blind (Holland).

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jeremain Lens (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

Substitution

Substitution, Holland. Jeremain Lens replaces Robin van Persie.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland).

Matt McKay (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt McKay (Australia).

Foul by Daley Blind (Holland).

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mile Jedinak (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland).

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Holland. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Jonathan de Guzmán.

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Adam Taggart replaces Tommy Oar.

Foul by Arjen Robben (Holland).

Jason Davidson (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nigel de Jong (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie.

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Arjen Robben (Holland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommy Oar (Australia).

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Bozanic (Australia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Halloran.

Robin van Persie (Holland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Holland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Ben Halloran replaces Tim Cahill.

Goal!

Goal! Australia 2, Holland 3. Memphis Depay (Holland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan de Guzmán.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil211024
2Mexico211014
3Cameroon1001-10
4Croatia1001-20

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands220056
2Chile220046
3Australia2002-30
4Spain2002-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia110033
2Ivory Coast110013
3Japan1001-10
4Greece1001-30

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica110023
2Italy110013
3England1001-10
4Uruguay1001-20

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France110033
2Switzerland110013
3Ecuador1001-10
4Honduras1001-30

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina110013
2Iran101001
3Nigeria101001
4Bos-Herze1001-10

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany110043
2USA110013
3Ghana1001-10
4Portugal1001-40

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium110013
2Russia101001
3South Korea101001
4Algeria1001-10
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