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The World United Through Football Wednesday, 18th June

Group Match

Group B

Travel to Australia Australia vs Travel to Holland Netherlands in Porto Alegre.

Match Preview

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.

The Match

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.

Goalscorers 0:1
After a somewhat slow start, Holland were off; thanks to a breakaway goal from Arjen Robben.

Goalscorers 1:1
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.

Yellow Cards 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.

Yellow Cards 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.

Goalscorers 2:1
Substitute Oliver Bozanic hit Daryl Janmaat trailing arm while trying to cross from the left; Mile Jedinak converted coolly from the spot.

Goalscorers 2:2
Another quick response, as Robin van Persie levelled for Holland.

2014 World Cup Referees Another naughty foul from van Persie and you have to wonder if Djamel Haimoudi wants to swap shirts after the game.

Goalscorers 2:3
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.

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Final Score: Australia 2 - Netherlands 3
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Goalscorers:
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)

Teams

Travel to Australia Australia:
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.

Travel to Holland Netherlands:
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.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria Travel to Algeria

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
43 mins - Tim Cahill (Australia)
46 mins - Robin van Persie (Netherlands)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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