Wednesday, 18th June
Netherlands in Porto Alegre.
Australia and Netherlands have never met at the World Cup Finals,
although they have played three international friendly matches in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Australia's record against the Dutch is impressive; drawing (1:1) in
Rotterdam, 2006 and (0:0) in Sydney, 2009. They even beat the Dutch (2:1) in Eindhoven;
back in 2008.
In the opening games, Australia lost
to Chile (1:3) and Holland beat Spain (5:1).
A win for Australia would open the group up, while victory for the
Dutch could mean elimination for the World Cup holders; should Spain lose to Chile.
Australia forced the first corner of the game, in the 16th minute, as
they sought to get in Holland's face.
After a somewhat slow start, Holland were off; thanks to a breakaway goal from Arjen
Australia were right back in it though, straight from the kick-off; Tim Cahill proving
that he doesn't just head the ball, by firing a candidate for goal of tournament in off
the underside of the crossbar.
Australia continued to push the Dutch back and had a golden chance to
take the lead on the half-hour; Mark Bresciano firing over the bar.
Tim Cahill will miss the game against Spain after earning his second booking
in two games; just before half-time.
Half-time: Australia 1 - Netherlands 1
Australia could have been in front right after the restart, but the
Algerian official ruled it out.
Robin van Persie showed his mean streak with an elbow to the face of Matthew
Spiranovic and will miss the game against Chile. He could be considered lucky to still be
on the pitch.
Substitute Oliver Bozanic hit Daryl Janmaat trailing arm while trying to cross from the
left; Mile Jedinak converted coolly from the spot.
Another quick response, as Robin van Persie levelled for Holland.
naughty foul from van Persie and you have to wonder if Djamel Haimoudi wants to swap
shirts after the game.
Holland were back in front after Matthew Ryan could only palm substitute, Memphis Depay's
ambitious strike into the net; twenty three seconds after Australia came close to scoring
at the other end.
Australia had another good chance to level the scores in the 82nd
minute, from a free-kick on the edge of the are, but Nigel de Jong read the
situation well and threw his body at the ball after a run behind the wall.
Australia may have deserved a point but no-one really expected them to
get anything out of the group.
At least they showed great spirit, guts and determination.
Final Score: Australia 2 - Netherlands 3
0:1 - Arjen Robben (20 mins)
1:1 - Tim Cahill (21 mins)
2:1 - Mile Jedinak (54 mins, penalty)
2:2 - Robin van Persie (58 mins)
2:3 - Memphis Depay (68 mins)
1-Matthew Ryan; 19-Ryan McGowan, 22-Alex Wilkinson, 6-Matthew Spiranovic, 3-Jason
Davidson; 7-Mathew Leckie, 15-Mile Jedinak, 17-Matt McKay, 11-Tommy Oar; 23-Mark
Bresciano, 4-Tim Cahill.
1-Jasper Cillessen; 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 2-Ron Vlaar, 3-Stefan de Vrij; 7-Daryl Janmaat,
6-Nigel de Jong, 5-Daley Blind, 8-Jonathan de Guzman; 10-Wesley Sneijder, 9-Robin van
Persie, 11-Arjen Robben.
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria
2 yellow cards:
43 mins - Tim Cahill (Australia)
46 mins - Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
Spain vs Chile
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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