Dutch see off brave Aussies


The Dutch, who destroyed champions Spain 5-1 in their tournament opener, were stretched on this occasion, but prevailed to condemn the Socceroos to a first-round exit from the event.

Louis van Gaal's men got the result via goals from Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and substitute Memphis Depay, while Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak netted for Australia.

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Both Van Persie and Cahill picked up their second booking of the competition, and will miss their respective countries' final pool match on Monday.

Australia surprisingly started the better of the two sides, but were knocked back when Robben raced clear and drilled in a low, left-footed shot on the angle in the 20th minute.

Ange Postecoglou's charges, however, responded emphatically moments later, as Cahill flashed in a spectacular left-footed volley.

Holland were under pressure in the closing stages of the opening period, and suffered a setback when Bruno Martins Indi was forced off with an injury following a challenge from Cahill, who was duly booked. Depay came on just before the interval.

Australia went ahead in the 53rd minute, as Jedinak slotted a penalty after Oliver Bozanic's cross struck the hand of Daryl Janmaat.

The lead, though, was short-lived as Van Persie thumped the ball home inside the area four minutes later for his third goal of the showpiece.

Depay then scored a 68th minute winner with a swirling effort from range, with goalkeeper Matthew Ryan slow to react.