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Australia played Group B leaders the Netherlands in front of a packed Estadio Beira in RioPorto Alegre. In what was a must win game for the socceroos they fought hard and ran the Dutch close but it was not enough as they were outclassed 3-2 in the end.
The World Cup continued to produce goals and Arjen Robben picked up where he left off against Spain when he handed Holland the lead in the 20th minute. But his goal was cancelled out by what is surely one of the goals of the tournament by Tim Cahill, who brought the Aussies level a minute later.
Cahill picked up a yellow card right before the end of the first half – his second of the tournament – and will now miss Australia’s final group fixture against Spain through suspension.
Australia showed a lot on attack in what was an open game and surprised the Dutch when they took the lead from a penalty on 54 minutes. Any thoughts of an upset were quickly removed though, when Robin van Persie scored his third goal of the World Cup bringing the Dutch level four minutes later, after finding space in the box.
Australia had a chance to regain their lead but didn’t take their chance. The Dutch didn’t make the same mistake and went in front when Memphis Depay scored in Holland’s very next move to make it 3-2 to Holland.
Australia through everything they had at the Dutch but couldn’t find the equaliser and the match ended 3-2 with the Netherlands securing their qualification to the next round. Australia face elimination and will need to beat Spain and hope for other favourable results if they want to extend their stay in Brazil.
By Farren Collins
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