Netherlands Outlast Australia to Book Last 16 Berth

Memphis Depay became the youngest player to ever score in a World Cup match for the Netherlands, as Louis van Gaal’s side edged closer to sealing a place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-2 win over Australia.

The 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger curled home the match-winner 8 minutes after a thralling hour of classic football at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.

Arjen Robben’s superb angled shot placed the Oranje in the lead on 20 minutes, but Tim Cahill immediately came up with an equaliser a minute later with a stunning volley.

Mile Jedinak placed the Soceroos in the ascendancy before Robin van Persie lashed home to restore parity.

Arjen Robben Celebrates After Scoring the Netherlands Opener Against Australia.
Arjen Robben Celebrates After Scoring the Netherlands Opener Against Australia.

Depay’s shot from 25 yards beat goalkeeper Mat Ryan to give the Netherlands their first win in four games against Australia.

The Dutch national side could be rest assured of their progress to the knock-out stage if Spain fail to beat Chile in the second Group B match of the day.

Australia, who lost 3-1 to Chile in their opening game, could as well forget about the chances of reaching the next round at the moment, however; their resilience against one of the stand-out team of the tournament remains something to cheer about.

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