Oranje steals win over Australia
The Dutch men’s football team beat Australia 3-2 with a goal 25-heard shot by Memphis Depay that bounced and spun off the Aussie keeper Maty Ryan’s hands in the 67th minute. The emotional match gives Oranje an excellent chance of moving through into the knockout stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while Australia’s odds of moving on have dwindled.
Arjen Robben knocked the first goal of the game in during the 19th minute with a fast breakaway and hard, low shot off his left foot past Ryan. The celebration was short-lived as Australia scored on their next possession with a wicked left-footed volley by Tim Cahill off Ryan McGowan’s long ball officially in the 21st minute.
The score stood at 1-1 until the 54th minute when a cross in the box bounced off Dutch defender Oliver Bozanic’s arm, giving the Aussie’s a penalty. Mile Jedinak struck the penalty into the low left corner past keeper Jasper Cillessen to take the lead.
Taking their cue off the Aussies, Oranje equalised fast with a Robin van Persie blast into the top of the net in the 57th minute.
Ten minutes later, Memphis Depay hit his goal that pushed the Dutch ahead for good.
Robin van Persie drew the only Dutch yellow card, his second of the group stage. He will not play in what could be a pivotal match against Chile at 6 p.m. on Monday.