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World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Australia vs. Netherlands

World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Australia vs. Netherlands

Match Date: 18 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre

(Featured Image: Netherlands | Source: BBC)

 

It has been five years since Australia and the Netherlands met for a battle. They have already dueled in three different occasions—all friendlies—with two of those resulted in stalemates while the remainder was won by Australia.

 

Australia

The Socceroos entered into the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a heart-breaking defeat from Chile 3-1. However, the downfall was not necessarily a pure display of lackluster talent. In fact, they gave Chile had a hard time securing the victory. While the score does seem morale-boosting for the South Americans, the several [failed] attempts by Australia were enough to scare La Roja. Tim Cahill may be the only Australian who prevented Chile from earning a clean sheet, but his effort was enough to expose the principal weakness of the Chileans—a breakable central defense—when he scored one goal and almost adding two or three more in a powerful display of aerial domination.

 

Netherlands

It must have been a major challenge for the Netherlands to open their World Cup campaign against the defending champions, Spain. However, in an unexpected turn of events, they managed to pull off stunners and end the match in their favor. The victory was not an ordinary one. They stole five goals from their rivals and conceded only one. Vicente del Bosque was devastated, but the Dutch kids—particularly Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben who each scored a brace—had their hearts pounding in utmost merriment having ensured their team of a potentially successful 2014 FIFA World Cup journey.

 

World Cup betting tip: The Netherlands are on course to achieving a second straight group-stage win.

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