Australia Vs Netherlands, Group B - Live Score

WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | ESTADIO BEIRA-RIO, PORTO ALEGRE

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Australia Netherlands

Australia: Having never gone beyond the Round of 16, the Socceroos wish to impress at the big stage and perhaps cause an upset or two. Lowly Australia are in the same group as Netherlands, Spain and a very powerful Chile squad. Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano are the only two experienced players in the squad who will want to show just what they are all about.

Netherlands: The Oranje are hurting from their loss in the final against Spain in the previous World Cup. The loss made them runners-up for the third time in the World Cup. They believed they could have won it had they planned better but they have come to Brazil with a positive mindset. Known as a side which is most divided amongst themselves, Louis van Gaal wants nothing less than a World Cup victory.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 3

Australia 1 Win, Netherlands 0 Win, 0 Draw

Commentary

(168 Mins)

There will be three minutes of added time.

(167 Mins)

Were into the 90th minute. Australia put the Dutch under some pressure in the final third, but eventually lose the ball thanks to a wasteful cross which loops out of play.

(164 Mins)

Louis van Gaal makes his last change of the match. Jeremain Lens is coming on in place of Robin van Persie. The captain hands his armband to Arjen Robben as he makes his way off the field.

(162 Mins)

It took a while, but the Dutch side finally have finally clicked into gear. Theyre not shutting the game down just yet, but they look the more likely team to score in these final few minutes.

(159 Mins)

But its wasted, and the Netherlands clear. Time running out for the men in yellow.

(158 Mins)

Leckie is down again, this time earning a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Australia could have a chance to draw level here...

(156 Mins)

Mathew Leckie appeals for a penalty as he goes down under the challenge of Ron Vlaar. The referee gestures for the midfielder to get up, however. He fell very, very easily.

(155 Mins)

And now the Netherlands are making a change. De Guzman is off for Georginio Wijnaldum.

(155 Mins)

Australia make their final substitution. Thomas Oar comes off, Adam Taggart is his replacement.

(154 Mins)

To the Aussies despair, the game has turned on its head. Were into the last 15 minutes.

(152 Mins)

The shot makes it through the wall, but a grateful Mathew Ryan gets his body behind the shot. The Netherlands come forward again seconds later, with Ryan in action once more to deny Nigel de Jong. Australia are reeling.

(151 Mins)

Only minutes after going ahead, Australia are facing the abyss. The Netherlands are playing with more gusto now, and Arjen Robben is standing over a free-kick 25 metres out...

(148 Mins)

That goal came seconds after Australia nearly scored at the other end. Tim Cahill had to improvise a shot off his chest, which nearly beat Jasper Cillessen. Turning point?

(148 Mins)

Another change for Australia. Tim Cahills work is done for the day, Ben Halloran is on in his place.

(145 Mins)

Disaster for Mathew Ryan! Memphis Depay fizzes a curling shot along the ground, but the Australian can only get a weak glove to the ball, which then creeps over the line in the far corner.

(145 Mins)

Australia 2-3 Netherlands (Memphis Depay)

(144 Mins)

The intensity has dropped again: both teams look to be steadying themselves amid the drama.

(142 Mins)

Hell miss the next match, but Robin van Persie is on form for the Netherlands. Both he and Arjen Robben have scored three times in these finals already.

(139 Mins)

Just like their opponents in the first-half, the Australians joy is short-lived. Its an open game though, and you wouldnt bet against more goals in the remaining half an hour.

(136 Mins)

The Netherlands equalise! Australia are made to pay for holding a high defensive line, with a through ball finding Robin van Persie in acres of space. The Dutchman turns and lifts a powerful shot up past Mathew Ryan and into the roof of the net. Game on.

(134 Mins)

Australia 2-2 Netherlands (Robin van Persie)

(132 Mins)

The Aussies lead! Mile Jedinak keeps his cool and sends Jasper Cillessen the wrong way. If there is a script, Australia certainly havent read it.

(132 Mins)

Australia 2-1 Netherlands (Mile Jedinak)

(130 Mins)

PENALTY - Instant impact for Bozanic! The Australian sub sends a cross into the box which strikes Ron Vlaar on the arm at close range. Its a controversial one, but the referee points to the spot.

(129 Mins)

Australias first change. Mark Bresciano makes way for Oliver Bozanic.

(128 Mins)

Good save! Mathew Ryan has to sprawl to his right to tip a shot from Wesley Sneijder round the post. It was probably going wide, but the Aussie keeper had to be sure.

(124 Mins)

Its a bad start to the half for Robin van Persie. The striker is booked for a raised arm and he will now miss his sides final game against Chile after picking up a yellow in their opener against Spain.

(123 Mins)

The teams are out for the second half, and were back underway.

(122 Mins)

Replays of Cahills challenge on Martins Indi are being shown. The more you look at it, the more you can argue that the Australian should have seen red.

(119 Mins)

Other than the two moments of brilliance from Cahill and Robben, opportunities have been rather few and far between. Arguably, Australia had the better of the chances in the latter exchanges.

(115 Mins)

Were hearing that Tim Cahills goal came 13 seconds after the restart earlier. If you havent seen it yet, imagine Marco van Bastens famous finish from the Euros in 1988.

(111 Mins)

Prior to the game Louis van Gaal had a full squad to choose from, although Martins Indi looked to be in a sorry state as he left the field. It wasnt entirely clear what his injury was, although the defender was stretchered off with a brace supporting his head.

(109 Mins)

Australia will be pleased that the scores are tied at the half-way point, but theyll do well to remember that Spain were also level with the Netherlands after 45 minutes last week. It didnt end well for them.

(108 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Australia 1-1 Netherlands

(107 Mins)

Memphis Depay joins the field. Hes on for a matter of seconds before the referee blows for half-time.

(106 Mins)

Were into added time, although we may see a couple more minutes of it after that injury to Martins Indi. Memphis Depay has stripped off and is ready to replace his teammate.

(105 Mins)

Martins Indi is being heavily strapped into a stretcher by the physios. It doesnt look food for the Dutch defender.

(103 Mins)

Tim Cahill is booked for clattering into Bruno Martins Indi. The striker saw yellow against Chile a few days ago, so he will miss their final Group B game against Spain. That will be a blow for Australia.

(102 Mins)

The Aussie fans are making the most noise at the moment: they seem to have outnumbered the Dutch supporters today.

(100 Mins)

Five minutes until the break. The Netherlands make some progress through the middle of the pitch, but lose out after some sloppy passing near the final third.

(98 Mins)

No cards yet, but Jason Davidson nearly earns a booking for a late challenge on Stefan de Vrij. The referee wont let him get away with many more of those.

(96 Mins)

Since taking the lead, the Netherlands have been pinned back in their own half. Theyre performing nowhere near the level which saw them annihilate Spain a few days ago.

(93 Mins)

And again! Cahill nearly scores a second, meeting a free-kick with a tame volley which Jasper Cillessen saves. He might never score a better goal than the one he netted earlier. Goal of the tournament so far?

(91 Mins)

Australia nearly take the lead! Bresciano is at work again, this time sending a driven shot inches over the crossbar from 20 metres. So close.

(90 Mins)

The noise levels are rising. Bresciano wins a corner on the left, but the Netherlands deal with it easily.

(88 Mins)

The Netherlands are starting to click into gear. Vlaar darts behind the Australian back line, but his cross is met by a yellow shirt. Robin van Persie was the only man in the box for the Dutch.

(86 Mins)

The Netherlands lead lasted only for a minute. An even scoreline is probably fair, so far.

(85 Mins)

And suddenly, we have a game on our hands. Australia now have ten World Cup goals, of which Cahill has scored half. The Socceroos best player? Its hard to argue otherwise.

(82 Mins)

Oh. My. Word. Forget Robbens goal, this ones even better! Straight from the kick-off, Australia make their way down the right side of the pitch. A high ball is sent into the box and Tim Cahill is on hand to smash it home, pinging down off the crossbar. A stunning strike.

(82 Mins)

Australia 1-1 Netherlands (Tim Cahill)

(80 Mins)

Robben brings the game to life at last! The Munich star spins past his marker on the half-way line and carries the ball all the way to the edge of the box, where he fires a low shot past Mathew Ryan. Brilliant goal.

(80 Mins)

Australia 0-1 Netherlands (Arjen Robben)

(78 Mins)

The corner comes in, but van Persie clears. Opportunity wasted.

(76 Mins)

Leckie jinks past Janmaat on the right and finds Mark Bresciano with a quick ball into the middle. The midfielder hits a first-time strike goalwards, but its deflected wide. First corner of the game for Australia.

(74 Mins)

Neither side has quite got into their rhythm yet. Nearly 15 minutes in and still no clear chances.

(71 Mins)

Tim Cahill tries to wrestle his way past Daryl Janmaat, but doesnt quite have the pace to get round the defender. Australia have scored a total of nine goals at World Cup finals, of which Cahill has scored four and assisted one.

(69 Mins)

The atmosphere is a little subdued as the two sides begin suss each other out. Robin van Persie makes a run forward but is caught offside.

(66 Mins)

Robben, incidentally, set a new record for the fastest sprint by a footballer - 37km/h - in scoring his second goal against Spain a few days ago. To put that into perspective, Cristiano Ronaldo is only in sixth place on the speed list.

(65 Mins)

First signs of the Netherlands creeping into life. Arjen Robben runs onto a loose ball in the Australian box but a heavy touch sees the chance go begging.

(63 Mins)

Tim Cahill clips Martins Indi as the Dutchman tries to skip past a challenge. He hobbles off for a brief period before rejoining the game.

(62 Mins)

Its a cautious start from both sides. Australia have never lost to the Netherlands before today, drawing two and winning one of their three previous fixtures. It will be a tall order for them to make it four unbeaten here today.

(60 Mins)

The teams are ready. Were off!

(58 Mins)

Australia have had to shake up their side after Ivan Franjic was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. Central defender Ryan McGowan appears to be filling in at right-back.

(57 Mins)

There are no injuries for Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal to worry about, although the Dutchman has complained about having "no view" from the low dugout at todays venue. Fifa has been looking into the situation to see if a solution can be found.

(56 Mins)

Netherlands Starting XI: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Janmaat, De Guzman, van Perise, Sneijder, Robben.

(55 Mins)

Australia Starting XI: Ryan, Davidson, Cahill, Spiranovic, Leckie, Oar, Jedinak, McKay, McGowan, Wilkinson, Bresciano.

(54 Mins)

Australia on the other hand were not so fortunate in their opening fixture. Despite a determined second-half performance against Chile, they could not overturn an early two-goal deficit, eventually going down 3-1. If they are to have any hope of progressing, they will almost certainly needs points on the board by the end of todays game.

(53 Mins)

The Netherlands come into todays match on the back of one of the most shocking World Cup results in recent times. The rampant Dutchmen saw off world champions Spain in six-goal thriller at Arena Fonte Nova last week. A win today would surely see them through to the next round.

(51 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Australia v Netherlands. We are ten minutes away from kick-off.

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