FIFA World Cup contestants the Netherlands faced off alongside Australia on Wednesday in the southern city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. The Netherlands landed an intense victory over Australia. The prematch series game was high pitched and fast-paced as each team had a tic tac toe type scoring sequence. The time clock ran out on Australia with the Netherlands leading 3-2.
The Netherlands advanced further into the knockout phase by sealing their win against Australia. The Netherlands also commonly referred to as the “Holland national soccer team” made a great effort to win and represented their country well this year.
Currently Holland is the only team to “hold the record for playing in the most World Cup finals without ever winning a championship.” They were runners-up in the 2010 World Cup and also made 9 European Championship appearances.
Taking the win against Australia the Netherlands have made it known they are hungry for the FIFA World Cup championship this year.At the opening cracks of the first half The Netherlands remained steady with confidence. Within 20 minutes,Netherlands forward Arjen Robbins came into the penalty and scored a goal that was set up beautifully before returning to counter-attack mode.
Both teams seemed to be a good match as competition was steadfast. Australia tried to hold their own scoring two goals, one by Tim Cahill, and the other by Mile Jedinak in the second half putting them temporarily in the lead. A quick comeback goal by Netherlands, striker Robin van Persie evened the score.
A few minutes later, substitute powerhouse, Memphis Depay put in a goal stealing the lead again from Australia. With only minutes left in the game it became more and more obvious that the Netherlands would come out victorious over Australia.
The momentum was tantalizing inside of the Borda stadium. Fans could hardly stay in their seats. The Netherlands set up in flanks on the borders while quickly moving the ball down the field. When Australia had ball possession The Netherland did not rely much on defensive countering or following them down into the penalty area. Rather The Netherlands reacted by taking possession of the ball with swift interchanges between players breaking Australia’s defense.
Before coming into the game against Australia, the Group B contenders already had 5 goals from the first round prematch against Spain. Netherland’s Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay all scored a point each during the match gaining the team 3 more points to carry into the FIFA World Cup knockout phase.
The Netherlands were well organized and determined to dominate. Forward Robin van Persi exhibited the most speed and presented the stronger center force that helped the Netherlands outscore Australia by one point in the 3-2 victory.
It was an outstanding performance by the Netherlands substitute Depay, who came in to the game and made the last point. Depay having shown potential since joining the Netherlands feels most of his inspiration comes from being mentored by fellow team mates, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie. Surrounded by team mates and feeling very emotional from contributing the winning goal for the Netherlands team, Depay said, “When you’re surrounded by guys like that there’s no better way make progress as a footballer.
Right after the closing Netherlands players commended one another for finishing the match victorious over the Australians. Before leaving the field Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal hugged team players and gave brief compliments to the players. Later Gaal told reporters, “I have a lot of respect for the players on this team, and I believe strongly in their capabilities to play great soccer. They made it this far into the FIFA World Cup because they love the game.” Gaal also announced that after the 2014 FIFA World Cup he will be leaving the team, to be exchanged by Gus Hiddink. The Netherlands and Chile will progress in Group B to the knockout phase.