World Cup 2014: Netherlands edges out Australia in five-goal thriller

World Cup 2014: Netherlands edges out Australia in five-goal thriller

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Netherlands' forward Memphis Depay (C) celebrates with Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (L) and Netherlands' forward and captain Robin van Persie after scoring their third goal during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 1:21 PM

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- A second-half by strike by substitute Memphis Depay gave Netherlands a 3-2 comeback victory over Australia in an absorbing World Cup Group B match on Wednesday.

The result puts Netherlands into a strong position to advance to the last 16 with two wins, including the opening 5-1 rout of defending champion Spain. It almost surely puts Australia out of contention with two defeats.

The Dutch opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a Arjen Robben solo effort but Australia responded seconds later, with Tim Cahill’s stunning volley making it 1-1 before the halftime break.

Australia took a surprise lead with a penalty after Daryl Janmaat handled the ball but Robin Van Persie made it 2-2 after collecting the ball in space on the edge of the penalty area and shooting low.

 

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