Netherlands secured a last-16 place in the 2014 Fifa World Cup as Memphis Depay gave them victory over Australia, who are out of the tournament.

Arjen Robben angled in a shot to put the Dutch ahead, but Tim Cahill soon equalised with a stunning volley.

Mile Jedinak slotted in a penalty for Australia before Robin van Persie lashed home to level it at 2-2.

Mathew Leckie then missed a chance for the Socceroos, and Depay sent in a 25-yard shot for the winner.

Analysis

"Australia are the lowest ranked team here but it was a heroic effort, an incredible goal by Tim Cahill and they should have won the game. That minute cost them with Mathew Leckie missing the chance at one end and the goalkeeper's mistake at the other. What a game, what a World Cup."

Netherlands demolished holders Spain in their opening game and, though they came nowhere near those heights, they had enough to overcome a bold Australia at the imposing Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.

Progress to the last 16 was secured after holders Spain were beaten by Chile, who join the Dutch on six points in the group.

Having lost to Chile in their first match, Australia's hopes of reaching the next round are over, but their youthful side certainly gave Netherlands a scare.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said before the game his side intended to attack - and they were true to his words in the opening exchanges.

But a flash of quality from Robben saw the Netherlands take the lead against the run of play. The Bayern Munich forward feinted his way past Alex Wilkinson on the halfway line, raced towards the Australia goal and drove in an angled shot for his third goal of the World Cup.

The Socceroos responded immediately with one of the goals of the tournament so far, Cahill meeting an angled ball from the right with a powerful left-foot volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Had midfielder Mark Bresciano and defender Matthew Spiranovic shown the same poise, Australia could have taken the lead earlier than they did.

Key facts

  • Arjen Robben has scored eight goals in his past eight games for the Netherlands, and four in his past four World Cup games.
  • Tim Cahill has netted three goals in his past three World Cup games.
  • Robin van Persie only completed one pass (out of four attempted) in the first half.

Bresciano ran onto a low Leckie cross only to shoot over from just inside the area, while Spiranovic got away from his marker at a free-kick but side-footed an eight-yard shot straight at keeper Jasper Cillessen.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal had complained about his view from the dugout before the match - and much of what he saw is not likely to have pleased him, especially defensively.

Cahill and Van Persie were both ruled out of their teams' final group games after being shown their second yellow cards of the tournament, either side of Leckie having a goal disallowed after he was adjudged to have fouled Daley Blind.

But Australia continued to press, and went in front when an Oliver Bozanic cross struck the hand of Daryl Janmaat and Jedinak slotted home from the spot.

The lead did not last long, though, as Van Persie netted his 11th goal in 10 internationals, controlling the ball before turning and firing into the roof of the net.

Australia again opened up the Dutch and Tommy Oar crossed for Leckie, who chested rather than headed the ball straight at Cillessen.

But it was Depay who decided the outcome of the game, the 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger curling a shot beyond the reach of Mat Ryan to give Netherlands their first victory in four games against Australia.

Australian coach Ange Postecoglou:

"I just wanted the players to get the reward for the way they went about things today.

"I have put a lot of pressure on the players and the staff that we are going to be a certain type of team and take it to world-class opposition, but it is one thing saying it and another thing doing it.

"They did that today but didn't get their reward. It's heartbreaking and massively disappointing."

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal:

"If in the first half you lose the ball so simply or so often, then the formation doesn't matter. I needed to change something at half-time to boost their confidence and change their mindset.

"Fortunately it turned out OK, but it could have turned out differently. In the second half we had more chances and the way the players came from behind was incredible. To recover and correct that situation showed a lot of mental strength."

Arjen Robben scores to put Netherlands in front against Australia

Arjen Robben has scored four goals in his past four World Cup games

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill celebrates his stunning volley against Netherlands

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill has scored five of his side's 11 World Cup goals

Memphis Depay scores the Dutch side's winner against Australia

The Dutch have won three of the past four World Cup games in which they have gone behind

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Australia

  • 01 Ryan
  • 19 McGowan
  • 03 Davidson
  • 17 McKay
  • 22 Wilkinson
  • 06 Spiranovic
  • 07 Leckie
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 04 Cahill Booked (Halloran - 68' )
  • 23 Bresciano (Bozanic - 51' )
  • 11 Oar (Taggart - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Milligan
  • 08 Wright
  • 09 Taggart
  • 10 Halloran
  • 12 Langerak
  • 13 Bozanic
  • 14 Troisi
  • 16 Holland
  • 18 Galekovic
  • 20 Vidosic
  • 21 Luongo

Netherlands

  • 01 Cillessen
  • 07 Janmaat
  • 05 Blind
  • 04 Martins Indi (Depay - 48' )
  • 02 Vlaar
  • 03 de Vrij
  • 08 de Guzmán (Wijnaldum - 78' )
  • 06 de Jong
  • 10 Sneijder
  • 09 van Persie Booked (Lens - 87' )
  • 11 Robben

Substitutes

  • 12 Verhaegh
  • 13 Veltman
  • 14 Kongolo
  • 15 Kuyt
  • 16 Clasie
  • 17 Lens
  • 18 Fer
  • 19 Huntelaar
  • 20 Wijnaldum
  • 21 Depay
  • 22 Vorm
  • 23 Krul
Ref: Djamel Haimoudi
Att: 42,877

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

4 9

Corners

3 2

Fouls

18 25

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Australia 2, Holland 3.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Australia 2, Holland 3.

90:00 +2:21

Attempt saved. Jeremain Lens (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

90:00 +1:55

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:55

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

90:00 +1:09

Oliver Bozanic (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland).

90:00 +0:12

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

90:00 +0:12

Jeremain Lens (Holland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:40

Foul by Daley Blind (Holland).

87:40

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:05

Jeremain Lens (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:05

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Holland. Jeremain Lens replaces Robin van Persie.

86:15

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland).

86:15

Matt McKay (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:31

Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:31

Foul by Matt McKay (Australia).

83:31

Foul by Daley Blind (Holland).

83:31

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:33

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

82:33

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:36

Attempt blocked. Mile Jedinak (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:47

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland).

79:47

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Holland. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Jonathan de Guzmán.

76:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Adam Taggart replaces Tommy Oar.

74:54

Foul by Arjen Robben (Holland).

74:54

Jason Davidson (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:45

Attempt saved. Nigel de Jong (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie.

73:25

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

72:15

Arjen Robben (Holland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:15

Foul by Tommy Oar (Australia).

72:00

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

71:11

Attempt blocked. Oliver Bozanic (Australia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Halloran.

69:19

Robin van Persie (Holland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:19

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

68:45

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Holland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Ben Halloran replaces Tim Cahill.

67:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 2, Holland 3. Memphis Depay (Holland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan de Guzmán.

66:51

Attempt saved. Mathew Leckie (Australia) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tommy Oar with a cross.

62:39

Attempt missed. Tim Cahill (Australia) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt McKay with a cross.

62:09

Hand ball by Memphis Depay (Holland).

60:54

Tommy Oar (Australia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:54

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

58:28

Ryan McGowan (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:28

Foul by Memphis Depay (Holland).

57:43

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Holland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

57:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 2, Holland 2. Robin van Persie (Holland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a through ball.

56:27

Foul by Matt McKay (Australia).

56:27

Memphis Depay (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:50

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Stefan de Vrij.

53:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 2, Holland 1. Mile Jedinak (Australia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

52:21

Penalty conceded by Daryl Janmaat (Holland) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

52:03

Oliver Bozanic (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:03

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Holland).

50:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Oliver Bozanic replaces Mark Bresciano.

50:38

Ryan McGowan (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:38

Foul by Memphis Depay (Holland).

49:58

Corner, Holland. Conceded by Matthew Ryan.

49:56

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Holland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daley Blind.

48:41

Attempt blocked. Robin van Persie (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:19 Booking

Booking Robin van Persie (Holland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:04

Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:04

Foul by Robin van Persie (Holland).

45:11

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

45:11

Daley Blind (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Australia 1, Holland 1.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Australia 1, Holland 1.

45:00 +2:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Holland. Memphis Depay replaces Bruno Martins Indi because of an injury.

45:00 +0:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:10

Delay in match Bruno Martins Indi (Holland) because of an injury.

42:58 Booking

Booking Tim Cahill (Australia) is shown the yellow card.

42:52

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

42:52

Bruno Martins Indi (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:02

Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:02

Foul by Robin van Persie (Holland).

39:58

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:58

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Holland).

39:03

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

39:03

Robin van Persie (Holland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:50

Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:50

Foul by Arjen Robben (Holland).

37:24

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

37:24

Stefan de Vrij (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:56

Attempt blocked. Mathew Leckie (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan McGowan.

33:11

Offside, Australia. Mark Bresciano tries a through ball, but Tim Cahill is caught offside.

31:44

Attempt saved. Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tommy Oar.

30:56

Tim Cahill (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:56

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Holland).

30:20

Attempt missed. Mark Bresciano (Australia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mathew Leckie.

29:35

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Stefan de Vrij.

27:40

Mark Bresciano (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:40

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Holland).

25:40

Hand ball by Robin van Persie (Holland).

25:24

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

25:24

Ron Vlaar (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:34

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Holland) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder with a cross following a corner.

24:10

Corner, Holland. Conceded by Tim Cahill.

23:45

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan de Guzmán.

21:55

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

21:55

Daryl Janmaat (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 1, Holland 1. Tim Cahill (Australia) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan McGowan.

19:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 0, Holland 1. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daley Blind with a headed pass following a fast break.

19:04

Mark Bresciano (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:04

Foul by Jonathan de Guzmán (Holland).

17:38

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Holland) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross.

17:06

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

17:06

Arjen Robben (Holland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:14

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

16:14

Bruno Martins Indi (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:22

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Stefan de Vrij.

15:20

Attempt blocked. Mark Bresciano (Australia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathew Leckie.

11:31

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

11:31

Bruno Martins Indi (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:29

Foul by Mark Bresciano (Australia).

9:29

Nigel de Jong (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:27

Offside, Holland. Daley Blind tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

7:33

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Australia).

7:33

Daley Blind (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:37

Jason Davidson (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:37

Foul by Robin van Persie (Holland).

5:46

Mathew Leckie (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:46

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Holland).

3:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:04

Delay in match Bruno Martins Indi (Holland) because of an injury.

1:22

Tommy Oar (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:22

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Holland).

0:18

Robin van Persie (Holland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:18

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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