The Aussies came away from the round two match with the Netherlands with zero points and a plane ticket booked on the morning after their third group game against Spain in a few days time. They also came away having earned massive respect from the neutral, and a lot of the Dutch support for a spirited performance in which they threatened to take a share of the spoils right up to the final minute.
Robben scored a typical Robben goal with his searing pace taking him away from the defense. He is on top form at the moment and opened the scoring with a great low shot past Ryan in the 21st minute. Australia weren’t having any of this and literally scored from the kick-off with what will probably be a contender for goal of the tournament. Tim Cahill hit a thunderous left foot volley into the roof of the net within 60 sixty seconds.
The Dutch seemed a little stunned by the quick response and the game opened up as both sides pressed to get the next goal. In truth, the Aussies shaded the middle 30 minutes of the game on possession and creating chances. The Dutch midfield weren’t tracking the runners efficiently nor making decent runs to open up the Ozzie defense with any regularity. As a result the cross which lead to the handball penalty was just reward for the amount of work the Australians put into creating chances. Jedinak scored the penalty in the 54th minute and silenced the Dutch fans as the Ozzies took an unexpected 2-1 lead.
On days like these the big name players step up to show their worth and RVP did not disappoint. Within 4 minutes the Dutch were level with a mighty crack from close range. Game on!
With their World Cup futures on the line, Australia pressed hard. Every ball was chased, every player pressed hard and in the 73rd minute a shot on goal instead of a cross to the far post may have given them the lead again but ifs and buts don’t have much of place in football and the Dutch countered quickly with a long range shot from Depay beating Ryan on the bounce to make it 3-2 for the Netherlands.
In a post match interview Cahill spoke of his goal and the effort the team put into the game, he is unlikely to play another World Cup game now that he is earning his pension in the MLS with New York.
Robin van Persie and Tim Cahill both picked up their second yellow card of the tournament and will miss the next group games.
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