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Socceroos' WC campaign over

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Friday, June 20, 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Australia's World Cup hopes are all but over after going down to the Netherlands 3-2 in Porto Alegre in what will be remembered as one of their gutsiest ever performances.

Far from being intimidated by the side who had dismantled Spain 5-1 last week, the Socceroos took to the field in front of over 40,000 fans at Beira-Rio Stadium clearly ready for battle.

Tim Cahill equalised with arguably his best goal for Australia after Robben in full flight had put the Dutch in front not long earlier.

Incredibly Australia took the lead through a second half penalty from skipper Mile Jedinak before van Persie levelled with a Memphis Depay missile securing victory and Holland's passage to the next round.

In a sensational opening half the Socceroos not only matched it with their highly-rated opponents but dominated, enjoying 51 per cent possession.

It wasn't long before Robben's blinding pace exposed the Socceroos back line as he tore his way from the halfway line to put the Dutch 1-0 ahead in the 19th minute.

But just as he did in Australia's opening match against Chile, Cahill replied for the Socceroos.

The veteran striker got on the end of Ryan McGowan's ball to strike a blistering volley and level things up in the 21st minute, his fifth World Cup goal.

From there Australia kept the momentum and started dominating the match, creating havoc for the Dutch defence.

The chances kept coming for Australia with Spiranovic getting in on the action but the defender was unable to make it count.

Cahill drew the first yellow card of the match just before halftime, clattering into Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi who needed to be stretched off and replaced by Depay.

Having incurred a yellow card against Chile the striker will now miss Australia's clash with Spainas well as Van Persie will also miss their clash against Chile.

The Socceroos began the second half with just as much gusto, taking the game to the Dutch.

Bresciano was replaced by Oliver Bozanic and it didn't take long for the midfielder to have an impact.

Playing the ball into the box it deflected off Daryl Janmaat's arm with the Socceroos awarded a penalty for handball.

Jedinak stepped up to the mark and made no mistake to give Australia the 2-1 lead in the 54th minute.

Celebrations were short lived as the Socceroos' after substitute Depay fired a long-range strike from 30 metres in the 68th minute.








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