Holland rally past Australia

Holland came from 2-1 down to beat Australia 3-2 in a thrilling World Cup Group B showdown in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 19/06/14 at 09:46

Netherlands: Celebration time as they see off Australia

Netherlands: Celebration time as they see off Australia

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Oranje beat defending world champions Spain 5-1 in their opening match, but Louis van Gaal's men had to display their character and fighting spirit in their second at the Estadio Beira-Rio.

Arjen Robben put Holland ahead with a fantastic solo run and goal on 20 minutes - but within 60 seconds, a sensational left-footed volley from Tim Cahill brought the Socceroos level.

Cahill then showed his bad side with a late challenge on Bruno Martins Indi, who was taken off on a stretcher, to earn a booking which sees the Australia talisman suspended for the final group game with Spain.

Robin van Persie - also booked to earn a suspension which rules him out of the contest with Chile - swiftly cancelled out Mile Jedinak's 54th-minute penalty with a fierce strike into the roof of the net before substitute Memphis Depay put Holland ahead on 68 with a 25-yard shot that Australia goalkeeper Matthew Ryan should have saved.

The Dutch are through to the last 16 along with Chile, after the South Americans beat world champions Spain 2-0 at the Maracana.

A slow start was ignited by Robben, who received the ball just inside his own half, swerved past Alex Wilkinson at the halfway line and burst into the box.

The Bayern Munich forward then despatched a clinical finish across goal for his third of the tournament.

The Socceroos responded almost immediately with a goal reminiscent of memorable strikes from Dutchmen Marco van Basten and Van Persie.

Right-back Ryan McGowan drilled a cross-field pass over the Dutch defence and Cahill's exquisite left-footed volley went in off the bar in what is sure to be one of the goals of the tournament.

Mark Bresciano had the chance to convert a ball pulled back from the right soon afterwards but could not keep his shot down.

Cahill blotted his record by bundling over Martins Indi to receive a yellow card. The defender was substituted with an ankle injury, with Depay replacing him and Holland switching to a 4-3-3 formation.

Van Persie will miss Holland's contest with Chile after being booked within two minutes of the resumption for catching Matthew Spiranovic with a flailing arm.

Eight minutes into the second half Oliver Bozanic, on moments earlier for Bresciano, had a cross blocked by the arm of Daryl Janmaat and Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi awarded a penalty. Jedinak sent Jasper Cillessen the wrong way.

There was another quick response as Van Persie was played onside in receiving Depay's pass, turned and found the roof of the net with a thumping left-footed strike.

Tempers frayed following a challenge from the already-booked Van Persie on Jedinak before Mathew Leckie was unable to convert for the Socceroos, chesting a cross from Tommy Oar straight at Cillessen.

Seconds later Australia were behind as Depay's 30-yard strike swerved away from Australia goalkeeper Ryan, who let the ball skid over his hand as he dived low.

Nigel De Jong had a shot blocked as Holland tried to find a fourth in an end-to-end contest.

Australia had opportunities, too, but could not find a leveller as their hopes of reaching the knockout stages ended.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho hits back at Arsene Wenger ahead of showdown

Jose Mourinho has retaliated after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger questioned Chelsea's defensive approach.

Ilkay Gundogan close to Manchester United move

Manchester United are close to agreeing a £21.5m deal to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Sky sources.

Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea and not move to Real Madrid, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is not concerned about Real Madrid’s reported interest in Eden Hazard.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company