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Australia 2–3 Netherlands
GOAL!!! NETHERLANDS SCORED 0-1 TO AUSTRALIA (Robben – 20′)
GOAL!!! AUSTRALIA EQUALISE WITH A 1-1 SCORE AGAINST THE NETHERLANDS (Cahill – 21′)
Robbie Savage (BBC Radio 5 Live): “It’s a fantastic start from Australia, knocking the ball around the back four and Tim Cahill can come short and link play well. When the ball’s wide his first thought is to spin his defender and try to get in the box for a header.”
Neil Johnston: “Australia are knocking the ball around with confidence. The Dutch are showing patience. No chances for either side so far. First serious burst into the Australian half by Arjen Robben after Matt McKay carelessly gives the ball away. Nigel de Jong’s pass sends Robben clear but the Bayern Munich forward gets in a tangle and Australia clear.”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Simon Speake: Mat Ryan’s one of the best keepers in the tournament, but he’ll probably find himself a tad overworked in this game.
Ryan Butler: I have a feeling Australia might snatch this one.
Milo Thompson: I reckon Australia could steal a win, although the Dutch will take full advantage of any criminal defending.
Neil Johnston: “Australia were nervous in the opening stages against Chile but they are settling nicely into this. We’ve yet to see flashes of those lightning Dutch bursts that destroyed Spain.”
Robbie Savage: “The Dutch are giving the ball away cheaply and there’s no energy in their play at the minute. There’s an air of complacency about them. It’s like they’re thinking ‘we’ll get going in a minute, we’re going to score and we’re going to win the game’. But Australia have been the better side so far. The Dutch have been lethargic and sloppy.”
Neil Johnston: “There’s been a sprinkling of free-kicks in the opening exchanges for both teams. Robin van Persie has yet to cause the Socceroos any problems. All the noise is coming from Australia’s 18,000 fans. Oh dear. The Mexican wave has started already. That’s not a good sign. We’re still awaiting the first shot in anger. Australia win the first corner as Mark Bresciano’s shot is deflected off Stefan de Vrij. It comes to nothing. Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan has yet to make a save.Mat Ryan’s quiet start in the Australian goal comes to an end as he is called on to save Robin van Persie’s header from an inswinging free-kick. But it’s tame and Ryan gathers comfortably.”
Neil Jonhston: “Bang! What was that about a quiet start by the Netherlands. Arjen Robbenspins past Alex Wilkinson on the halfway line before bursting into the Australian penalty area and finding the net with a low finish from an angle. Delightful. Goal number three for the tournament for the former Chelsea man. Outrageous! The Netherlands lead lasts for 69 seconds as Tim Cahill scores what is the goal of the tournament, a sensational left-foot from the edge of the Dutch area. It’s a goal we’re used to seeing from Robin van Persie. Unbelievable.”
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Pat: What a goal by Tim Cahill. Reminds me of Robin van Persie v Aston Villa.
Sam: Can this World Cup get any better!? What an absolute belter from Tim Cahill! Amazing!
Callum: Goal of the tournament so far! Tim Cahill, take a bow!
Robbie Savage: “Oh my word, you won’t see a better goal all World Cup. That was Marco van Basten-esque. What a goal, sensational. That is the goal of the World Cup. to hit a dropping ball over your shoulder on the wrong foot, over the goalkeeper off the bar. Tim Cahill, legend. He’ll never score a better goal in his life. The technique to do that, the ball was in the air for an age and he smashed it. The goal from the Netherlands came from Australia’s free-kick,. They tried to play short because they’re confident and that was a ridiculous decision. Alex Wilkinson tried to clatter Robben but he stayed on his feet for one of the first times we’ve seen and what a finish.”
Neil Johnston: “If that Cahill goal has given you a taste for the spectacular, click the highlights tab and watch our “five great volleys” video. You know you want to. They will talk about Tim Cahill’s goal for years to come. It was that good. He might be 34 years old but that was truly special. It has stunned the Netherlands. This is turning out to be another belter.”
Dave, Bedford (via text): Hands up if you saw that coming? Anyone with their hands up is lying. Get in Timmy!
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Kully Singh: Am I the only one who thinks that Tim Cahill mis-hit that and he actually wanted to head it?
Gareth Murray: Over the first two Aussie matches we’ve learned that Tim Cahill left the Premier League far too early.
Jonathan H: Tim Cahill would put most 25-year-olds in the Premier League to shame. Outstanding goal.
Neil Johnston: “Australia look as though they are having fun. Still they come at the Dutch. Parking the bus? Not a chance. What a chance for Mark Bresciano. A delightful ball across the Netherlands penalty area by Mathew Leckie falls to the midfielder but he can’t keep his shot down. That should have been 2-1. It may require a change in tactics by Louis van Gaal. This is far too comfortably for Australia. Matthew Spiranovic is typical of the Socceroos work ethic. He is doing a decent containing job on Robin van Persie who has yet to fire. Tim Cahill is booked for an ugly lunge on Bruno Martins Indi that sess the Netherlands defender taken off on a stretcher. It does little to ease the Dutch team’s frustrations. That means Cahill misses the final group game against Spain having been booked in the previous game. We’re in stoppage time and the Dutch send on Memphis Depay for the injured Bruno Martins Indi.”
KICK OFF, SECOND HALF HAS NOW BEGUN!!!!!!!!
BBC Sport’s David Ornstein in Rio: “Volleys are the best type of goal and that one from Tim Cahill was worthy of the Chilean sat next to me screaming GOLAZOOOOOOOOOOOO at the top of his voice which, predictably, brought the media centre to a standstill here in Rio ahead of the Spain v Chile game.”
Neil Johnston: “Back under way. Can the Netherlands re-discover their killer instinct?”
Neil Johnston: “An action-packed start to the second half. Tim Cahill has the ball in the back of the net but the goal is ruled out for a foul. Then Robin van Persie is booked for a foul that will rule him out of the next game against Chile.”
Tom, Dorset: Tim Cahill’s goal wasn’t quite as good as Radoslaw Majewski’s similar stunner for Nottingham Forest against West Brom a few years back. He was jumping for that one!
GOAL!!!! DESPITE A PENALTY FOR AUSTRALIA, THEY HAVE SCORED AGAINST THE NETHERLANDS WITH A 2-1 GOAL SCORE COUNT!!!!!!!!
GOAL!!!! 53 MINUTES IN AND MILE JEDINAK SCORED AN EQUALISER FOR AUSTRALIA AGAINST THE NETHERLANDS AT 2-2.
THIS MATCH REALLY HAS BECOME ENERGISED, WHAT A GOAL!!!!!!!!
NEARLY 70 MINUTES INTO THE 2ND HALF, AND ALREADY THINGS ARE HOTTING UP. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHO WINS TODAY’S FIRST MATCH :-).
GOAL!!!! THE NETHERLANDS SCORE OUT OF THE EQUALISER WITH A 2-3 SCORE AGAINST AUSTRALIA (DEPAY – 68′)
Twitter Debate: #bbcworldcup
Ben Cornish: How was that a penalty? His arm was at his side. What was he supposed to do?! Great response Robin van Persie.
Vikram Misha: This is like watching a ping pong match! Surely there are a few more goals in this mayhem.
Will Ward: A sign of a good team is a team that wins even when they play badly. Netherlands have been poor but still are winning.
L Higgins: Talk about sucker punch. Mat Ryan should have done better.
Robbie Savage: “It was a terrible mistake from the goalkeeper and 30 seconds before they could have gone ahead. It was an awful goalkeeping error. They’ve got their heads in their hands the Australian players. There was some swerve on it but he’s got to save that. That howler is going to cost them. Depay has been fantastic since he came on but Ron Vlaar has been absolutely awful. He gave the ball way just before they scored and Mathew Leckie should have scored. Head into an empty goal. Why chest it?”
Neil Johnston: “The Netherlands are on the charge. Clever play by Arjen Robben as he picks out Wesley Sneijder. Only a brave block prevents the Dutch from increasing their lead. Australia have not given up. On comes the fresh legs of Striker Adam Taggart for Tommy Oar. Handbags as Ron Vlaar squares up to Mathew Leckie following a challenge. The Netherlands make their second change as Swansea’s Jonathan de Guzman is replaced by midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. In to the final 10. What can Australia do? They’re slipping to a second defeat. They’ve battled so well but have they run out of steam?”
Pete, Leeds (via text): Australia can be very proud of their performance, they have given everything, this is what the fans want to see.
Neil Johnston: “Dutch fans are cheering loud and proud. But is their one last twist to come?”
Robbie Savage: “Australia could have scored five and the Dutch won’t win the World Cup because of the defence. In defence you’ve got two players from the Dutch league, which isn’t the strongest, and you’ve got Ron Vlaar. His nickname’s ‘concrete Ron’ but he’s played like he’s got concrete in his boots.”
Neil Johnston: “Robin van Persie hands the captain’s armband to Arjen Robben as he is replaced by Jermain Lens. That’s van Persie’s last involvment in this tournament for a while as his earlier booking rules him out of the next game. Two minutes of normal time remaining and Australia are coming at the Netherlands again. Australia can’t get a shot away. Ryan McGowan concedes possession on the edge of the Netherlands area. Groans from the Aussie fans.”
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