AUSTRALIA 2 – 3 HOLLAND

Poor old Aussies. Like Spain, they have suffered two defeats and can no longer qualify with only 3 points available to them (against Spain) while 2 other teams in their group already have 6 points.

I want to take this chance to praise them for their efforts in what was a VERY tough group for Australia. The goals Tim Cahill has scored have been impressive and consistent. Cahill scored in the defeat to Chile and also in his next game against Holland. Even Neymar of Brazil hasn’t managed to score in two consecutive World Cup games yet, so big shout out to Cahill who managed to do things which the Brazilians couldn’t do, even while his team was losing the games they were playing.

The game started well and it was exciting to watch. I mean that… I will NOT let anybody call the Australians boring, because ONLY the Iranians and Nigerians have bored me in this tournament so far, with their goalless draw – Australia have been one of the most entertaining and enjoyable to teams to watch in this World Cup. Australia attacked, scored and played great football, despite losing to very good teams who are going to qualify for the knockout stage. Being defeated by teams who will end up in the last 16 is not shameful, that’s an honorable way to go out fighting.

It would be Arjen Robben who opened the scoring first on the twenty minute mark and only one minute later, Australia replied with what could easily be described as “GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT”… Tim Cahill scored a wonderful volley which will be most likely remembered as the best goal Australia got in this tournament. During half time, I believe it was being compared to Marco Van Basten’s volley from a previous World Cup and that is quite a compliment, honestly. It really was a special goal which people may talk about for years.

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Australia did all they could and fought hard, scoring a penalty later on in the 2nd half but it would not enough as the Netherlands scored twice – Robin Van Persie putting his name on to the scoresheet once again for his country and it would be DePay who got the third goal which was to make it 3-2 and win the game.

KEY PLAYERS: Tim Cahill was a pleasure to watch. He’s been brilliant in this tournament and I am sad to say we won’t be watching him in the knockout stages of this years World Cup

Arjen Robben has been proving himself to be the first to get his country ahead, taking initiative of how the game is led, by scoring first.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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