Australia vs. Netherlands: Goals and Highlights from Group B Match

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 18, 2014

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The Netherlands earned another three points, as the Dutch saw off a gritty Australian side 3-2 in a thrilling Group B match. 

The Oranje, with six points through two matches, are more than likely through to the knockout stages now. They'll finish group against a tough Chile squad. 

Australia, with zero points through two matches, will face defending champions Spain in their final fixture. 

Arjen Robben struck first for the Oranje, finishing off a quick counter-attack in the 21st minute for a 1-0 advantage. 

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The lead was short-lived, however, as Tim Cahill scored an absolute stunner of a goal just a minute later. 

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Mile Jedinak gave Australia a shock lead from the penalty spot in the 54th minute.

Australia takes 2-1 lead off Penalty kick https://t.co/6buVx6kXJn

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Australia were awarded a penalty off of a handball inside the Dutch penalty area. 

Handball that lead to Australia penalty kick https://t.co/H3lqy0FOUj

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The celebration for the Socceroos was short-lived, though, as Robin van Persie equalised on a clinical finish in the 57th minute to make things 2-2.

Robin Van Persie ties game 2-2 https://t.co/nfY0rRnKOi

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Memphis Depay put the Dutch ahead in the 69th minute with a long-range strike. 

Netherlands takes 3-2 ;lead over Australia https://t.co/9BjCfQ6urg

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