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Tim Cahill stunner can't prevent Netherlands comeback

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Holland came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the lowest ranked team in the tournament Australia 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben opened up the scoring in the 20th minute when the Dutch winger broke free from the halfway line and shot the ball past the keeper from inside the 18-yard box. However a minute later the score was tied after Hearts full back Ryan McGowan played in a deep cross into the penalty to former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill who blasted in a first time volley past Cillessen to make the score 1-1.

Australia made it 2-1 in the 54th minute when Dutch full back Daryl Janmaat's arm made contact with a close range Australian cross. Crystal Palace star Mile Jedinak shot home from the penalty spot and made it 2-1 to the Socceroos. A video replay later showed that the decision to award a penalty to Australia was the wrong decision, as it looked like the cross was a ball-to-hand incident.

The Netherlands drew level four minutes later when PSV winger Memphis Depay played a short pass to Robin van Persie who fired the ball to the roof of the net to make it 2-2. Depay made it 3-2 10 minutes later when the young winger's 25-yard shot somehow managed its way past Australia keeper, Matthew Ryan.

The defeat for Australia all but guarantees their elimination from the 2014 World Cup, with the Socceroos playing current World Cup champions Spain in their final group stage match without captain and star player Tim Cahill. The Netherlands could guarantee their place in the last 16 if Chile beat Spain.

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