World Cup Group B: Holland recover from 2-1 down to beat Australia 3-2
Last Updated: 19/06/14 9:46am
Netherlands: Celebration time as they see off Australia
Holland came from 2-1 down to beat Australia 3-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group B showdown in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.
The Oranje beat defending world champions Spain 5-1 in their opening match, but Louis van Gaal's men had to display their character and fighting spirit in their second at the Estadio Beira-Rio.
Arjen Robben put Holland ahead with a fantastic solo run and goal on 20 minutes - but within 60 seconds, a sensational left-footed volley from Tim Cahill brought the Socceroos level.
Cahill then showed his bad side with a late challenge on Bruno Martins Indi, who was taken off on a stretcher, to earn a booking which sees the Australia talisman suspended for the final group game with Spain.
Robin van Persie - also booked to earn a suspension which rules him out of the contest with Chile - swiftly cancelled out Mile Jedinak's 54th-minute penalty with a fierce strike into the roof of the net before substitute Memphis Depay put Holland ahead on 68 with a 25-yard shot that Australia goalkeeper Matthew Ryan should have saved.
The Dutch are through to the last 16 along with Chile, after the South Americans beat world champions Spain 2-0 at the Maracana.
Arjen Robben: Opened the scoring for Netherlands
A slow start was ignited by Robben, who received the ball just inside his own half, swerved past Alex Wilkinson at the halfway line and burst into the box.
The Bayern Munich forward then despatched a clinical finish across goal for his third of the tournament.
The Socceroos responded almost immediately with a goal reminiscent of memorable strikes from Dutchmen Marco van Basten and Van Persie.
Right-back Ryan McGowan drilled a cross-field pass over the Dutch defence and Cahill's exquisite left-footed volley went in off the bar in what is sure to be one of the goals of the tournament.
Tim Cahill: Volleys home his stunning goal
Mark Bresciano had the chance to convert a ball pulled back from the right soon afterwards but could not keep his shot down.
Cahill blotted his record by bundling over Martins Indi to receive a yellow card. The defender was substituted with an ankle injury, with Depay replacing him and Holland switching to a 4-3-3 formation.
Van Persie will miss Holland's contest with Chile after being booked within two minutes of the resumption for catching Matthew Spiranovic with a flailing arm.
Eight minutes into the second half Oliver Bozanic, on moments earlier for Bresciano, had a cross blocked by the arm of Daryl Janmaat and Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi awarded a penalty. Jedinak sent Jasper Cillessen the wrong way.
Memphis Depay: Scored the winner for Holland
There was another quick response as Van Persie was played onside in receiving Depay's pass, turned and found the roof of the net with a thumping left-footed strike.
Tempers frayed following a challenge from the already-booked Van Persie on Jedinak before Mathew Leckie was unable to convert for the Socceroos, chesting a cross from Tommy Oar straight at Cillessen.
Seconds later Australia were behind as Depay's 30-yard strike swerved away from Australia goalkeeper Ryan, who let the ball skid over his hand as he dived low.
Nigel De Jong had a shot blocked as Holland tried to find a fourth in an end-to-end contest.
Australia had opportunities, too, but could not find a leveller as their hopes of reaching the knockout stages ended.
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Spain's David Villa concedes his international career is all but over after scoring against Australia in Curitiba.
Arjen Robben insists there is more to come as Holland reached the last 16 of the World Cup with a 100 per cent record.
Australia boss Ange Postecoglou admitted tiredness caught up with his side as they lost 3-0 to Spain.
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