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PHOTOS: Oranje scrape past Socceroos in five-goal thriller

Last updated on: June 19, 2014 00:30 IST

PHOTOS: Oranje scrape past Socceroos in five-goal thriller

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The Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 in a sensational World Cup Group B match that witnessed stunning goals and non-stop action on Wednesday.

The 2010 runners-up made it two wins out of two following the demolition of defending champions Spain in their opening match.

Substitute Memphis Depay won it for the Dutch after 68 minutes when his low long-range shot somehow escaped the diving Mat Ryan and went just inside a post.

The Netherlands have six points while Australia none from two outings.

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Image: Memphis Depay of the Netherlands (left) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Arjen Robben, against Australia in Porto Alegre
Photographs: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Robben opened the scoring for the Dutch

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Dutch winger Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he ran from the halfway line before tucking the ball beyond Ryan for his third goal of the tournament.

It was also the 50th goal of this World Cup, in what was the first of the second round of matches. 

The Bayern Munich player was an influential figure throughout the game.

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Image: Arjen Robben of the Netherlands shoots and scores his team's first goal past goalkeeper Mathew Ryan of Australia
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Cahill replied for Australia

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Tim Cahill replied immediately, however, crashing a fantastic 20-metre volley into the roof of the net for what will be a strong contender for goal of the tournament.

The 34-year-old, who now plies his trade in American Major League Soccer (MLS) for New York Red Bulls, took his tally for the national team to 34 goals. 

The former Everton player had scored Australia's first ever goal in the World Cup finals in 2006, and also the country's highest scorer in the tournament with five goals. 

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Image: Tim Cahill of Australia celebrates after scoring his team's first goal
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Bruno Martins Indi was stretchered off

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However, not all was hunky dory for Cahill. 

The veteran was shown the yellow card for a challenge on Bruno Martins Indi and will miss Australia's final group match against holders Spain on Monday. 

The Feyenoord defender was subsequently stretchered off. 

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Image: Bruno Martins Indi of the Netherlands is stretchered off the field
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Van Persie scored his third of the tournament

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Australia took a shock 2-1 lead with a 54th-minute Mile Jedinak penalty after Oliver Bozanic hammered the ball straight at Daryl Janmaat's arm, but Robin van Persie levelled with a sharply-taken third of the tournament four minutes later.

However, the Dutch captain also received a yellow card and will miss Oranje's final game against Chile on Monday. 

While Depay's goal ensured Netherlands a win on the day, they must have a positive result against Chile to top Group B. 


Image: Robin van Persie of the Netherlands reacts with head coach Louis van Gaal as he exits the game
Photographs: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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