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Australia vs Netherlands~World cup 2014 Tim Cahill goal

For four glorious second-half minutes it looked as if Australia might be on  the verge of perhaps their greatest ever World Cup result when Mile Jedinak's  penalty added to Tim Cahill's first-half wonder strike to put them 2-1 up  against the rampaging Netherlands in this Group B fixture in Porto Alegre.

But the Dutch were able to gather themselves, draw level and finally see off  the gallant challenge of their indefatigable opponents, who, in contrast to  their opening match, at no stage looked overawed and gave a marvellous account  of themselves.

In the end it wasn't quite enough as Memphis Depay's long-range shot and  goalkeeper Mat Ryan's blunder - he was too slow and late to get down to keep out  what looked like a regulation effort from distance - was enough to give The  Netherlands a 3-2 win and a spot in the second round. If they can see off Chile  in their final match they will top the group and likely avoid Brazil in the  knock out phase.
For Australia now there is nothing left to play for save pride when they face  defending champions Spain after two defeats in frustrating circumstances.

If anyone was in any doubt whatsoever that Tim Cahill is Australia's greatest  Socceroo, surely there can be no dispute now.

The veteran frontman scored what might be the goal of the World Cup with a  sumptuous left-footed volley  which rattled the cross bar before bulging  the net to bring Australia level with The Netherlands barely a minute after the  Dutch had taken the lead in this second fixture in Group B.

It is, however, surely the last World Cup goal Australia's talisman will ever  strike. The former Everton man was booked late in the first half challenge on  Bruno Martins Indi and is suspended from the final game.

It could be said that, like the Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth, nothing became  his (footballing) life like the leaving of it, so dramatic was his goal.

Holland had hit the front through flying winger Arjen Robben in the 20th  minute after the Bayern Munich star had burnt off Alex Wilkinson and all other  Australian challengers before bursting into the penalty area and driving an  angled shot past Mat Ryan.

Up to that point the Socceroos, long shots against the side that had  humiliated  Spain 5-1 in their opening match, had given as good as they had  got.

Ange Postecoglou had gone into this game without injured duo Ivan Franjic and  Mark Milligan, his first choice right back and central midfielder respectively,  but the Socceroos did not miss a beat.

Looking far calmer and more assured than they had in that disastrous opening  spell against Chile when they conceded two goals, they stuck to their template  of retaining possession, pressing the Dutch and looking to hit hard when they  got the ball into the forward third.

The Netherlands were expected to swat Australia aside, but that's not how it  turned out in a game played in cooler conditions with plenty of physical  challenges being allowed by Algerian referee Djamel Hammoudi, giving the fixture  a European feel.

Australia pressed the Netherlands hard all over the pitch, not allowing the  fancied Oranje to settle into any kind of rhythm and flow.

Matthew Leckie, outstanding against Chile, showed that was no one-off with  another display of pace and power down the right that unsettled the Dutch  defence every time he ran at them while Cahill, playing with the vigour and  commitment that has always been his trademark, did what he always does: battled  for every ball, whether in the air or on the ground.

The Dutch it was who often reverted to long balls down the channels as they  sought to harness Robben's speed.

At least the Bayern flyer managed to get on the ball: his esteemed strike  partner Robin van Persie was an anonymous figure in the opening half as he was  dealt with by Matthew Spiranovic and Alex Wilkinson.

In fact The Netherlands began to look a bit rattled and out of sorts with  themselves as Australia's in your face tactics, allied to their disciplined  structure, made this more difficult than they might have expected.

Even when they did make the breakthrough - after Mark Bresciano lost  possession Robben's pace was too much for Wilkinson, whom he turned and  accelerated away from - things did not pan out as expected.

Australia came straight back and within 60 seconds were back on terms thanks  to Cahill's amazing strike.

Cahill is renowned for his aerial ability, but this was a goal straight out  of a Boy's Own comic as he hit the ball , floated over from the right by Ryan  McGowan, with perfect precision on the full to leave Jasper Cillesssen in the  Dutch goal rooted to the spot with no chance.

It immediately evoked comparisons with great volleys by some of the game's  biggest names, like Marco Van Basten and Zinedine Zidane who struck sumptuous  goals on the biggest stages.

Australia  did not sit back,  and true to their coach's word, kept  their shape but kept pressing on against their rattled opponents.

The Socceroos had a terrific opportunity to take a shock lead not long after  when Leckie, with another of those powerful speedy forays down the right skipped  past the challenge of Ron Vlaar and squared for Bresciano, but the midfielder's  shot was too high and soared over the Dutch crossbar.

Leckie did have the ball in the net within seconds of the restart, but it was  disallowed for an obvious foul by the striker as he looked to create space.

Bresciano made way for Oliver Bozanic shortly after the restart, and the  diminutive midfielder made an immediate impact with his first run forward, his  cross striking the hand of  Dutch midfielder Daryl Janmaat to give  Australia a penalty.

Skipper Jedinak took responsibility and stepped forward, blasting a firm  strike low into Cillessen's left hand corner giving the goalkeeper no  chance.

A shock to rival Costa Rica's upset win over Uruguay now looked on the cards,  but there was still more than half an hour to go and the Dutch, though reeling,  were always going to get some chances.

And within four minutes they were level, a through ball from outside the  penalty area picking up the unmarked van Persie, who needed little invitation to  lash past Ryan. Replays showed that the Manchester United striker had just  evaded the flag, Jason Davidson keeping him onside.

Moments later Ryan had to be alert to block Robben's shot at the near post as  the game really caught fire.

Australia had a great chance to take the lead when McKay intercepted the ball  on the edge of the Dutch penalty area and fed Tommy Oar. The Dutch based winger  might have shot, but instead fired a cross over which Leckie met but could only  direct straight at Cillessen.

Such was the ebb and flow of this game however, that more goals seemed  assured, and  it was the Dutch who regained their momentum a minute later  when substitute Memphis Depay struck from long range with his first  international goal.

The PSV Eindhoven striker fired from outside the penalty area and Ryan  reacted too slowly getting down late and not getting enough on it to keep it  out. At this level those are the sort of shots that have to be saved.

Ryan partially made amends minutes later when he produced a fine diving save  low to his right to deny Nigel de Jong a fourth goal for Holland, giving the  Socceroos hope that they still might get something out of this match.

The Socceroos pressed to the end, throwing bodies forward in search of an  unlikely equaliser, but it was not to be.

Australia might now be out of this World Cup, but they depart this game with  plenty to be proud of having given one of the world's best national teams an  almighty fright, and having played the game in the ''right'' manner.

If they can retain this momentum over the next six months then the auguries  for the Asian Cup, which they host, are good indeed.

 

yasmin abdallah 's insight:

this was an amazing game, I woke up to watch it thinking that after half-time i'll change it and watch something else until the next game, but by half-time I was completly hooked. cahill's volley was amazing, people are saying it is in the top 5 greatest volly's of all time. winnig just afetr half time, I thought they were going to win against the Dutch but i guess cahill's amazing volly wasn't enough because the Netherlands came back winning the game 3-2. besides the loss the Aussies played great.

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Mid-fielder crisis Will Bresciano be fit enough to play in Australia's game againt chile?

Mid-fielder crisis                                             Will Bresciano be fit enough to play in Australia's game againt chile? | FIFA WORLD CUP | Scoop.it

Socceroos midfielder Mark Bresciano has delivered welcome news for coach Ange  Postecoglou, declaring himself fit to face Chile in Australia’s opening World  Cup match on Friday.

The 34-year-old will almost certainly start against La Rojaif he  can get through the week at training unscathed after overcoming a back injury  that threatened to ruin his entire tournament.

But the silky veteran has been making good progress since coming on as a  second-half substitute against Croatia in Salvador and despite having to play  through pain, says he’s ready to play from the opening minute in Cuiaba.

“I’m OK, I’m right to go. If you want to talk about the injury, it’s  basically pain. If I can tolerate the pain I’m OK, and it’s got to a stage where  I can tolerate it, so I’m OK,” Bresciano said at Socceroos training on Sunday at  their base in Vitoria. “I’ve had this injury before and bounced back good. It’s  not something impossible to do – hopefully I can start, and hopefully stay on  for 90 minutes.”

The attacking midfielder wasn’t originally sure he would be in contention to  play against Chile but believes he’s progressing faster than he and the medical  staff expected.

“Honestly, I’m ahead. Previously when an injury like this happened it took a  little bit longer,” he said. “But with the help of the physios and having that  extra time off, it’s helped me recover that little bit quicker. I

expected to come on [against Croatia] and I was happy it was that early in  the game. I pulled up good and now I’ve got this week to prepare for the game  against Chile.”

The Socceroos are preparing for the South Americans to play a different style  to Croatia, who spent long periods of last week’s friendly going at little more  than training-ground pace.

“They’re countries that play different styles of football. We think Chile  will come out and press us, try to put us under as much pressure as they can.  It’s something they [Australia’s coaching staff] know of, and will be working on  in the week. There’s certain aspects of their kind of football we have to work  on to defend,” Bresciano said. “You can see individually their players are very  technical, very quick, very sharp. Our idea is that they’re going to be trying  to press us and be very quick on the counter. That’s something we have to be  aware of and work on in the week.”

Bresciano’s cameo against the Vatreni was among the most head-turning  displays but he believes the whole team is capable of capable of taking the  tempo up another gear or two.

“It was very important for us as players, to know that against a very strong  nation like Croatia, we could have got a better result,” he said. “Knowing that  has built our confidence which is important leading up to the first World Cup  game.”

As the squad’s most experienced member, Bresciano has seen more in the game  than most but admits even he’s been swept up in the magic of a World Cup being  played in the game’s spiritual homeland.

“Just being in Brazil – it’s a footballing nation, and some of the best  players have come from Brazil,” he said. “It’s like a dream for everyone, any  athlete, any footballer, to play in a World Cup. It’s the biggest achievement  personally, this World Cup feels like my first and hopefully we can do good  things.

“Just being here and playing here is something special and I’ve come to the  stage now where I’m coming in with a lot more experience. I know what we need to  do to be successful and having that knowledge helps you combat these teams.”

 

 

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Australia is very lucky that Bresciano is playing in their game against chile. he is a very good mid-fielder because he knows how to both defend and attack very well. He is a good chance at scoring in the game because he and Cahill have worked really well in previous games together. So if Australia wants a win they better start praying that Bresciano's back holds out for the World Cup.

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Australia verses Chile.

Australia verses Chile. | FIFA WORLD CUP | Scoop.it

A Tim Cahill header late in the first half got Australia back into the game,  and an amazing second half almost, but not quite, produced an equaliser as  the Socceroos were left to rue a dreadful first 15 minutes when they conceded  two goals to Chile which, in the end, proved decisive.

Chile made sure of the three points which give them a platform  to progress to the knockout phase with a goal to substitute Jean Beausejour in  stoppage time, giving Chile a 3-1 victory in this opening Group B  fixture.

Just like four years ago in Durban, when Germany tore the Socceroos apart in the  opening game, Australia's World Cup seemed to be over in Cuiaba almost before it  had begun, shredded in a pile of broken dreams as a dominant Chile stamped their  authority on the game and raced to a 2-0 lead inside the first quarter of an  hour.
Chile played with wonderful technical ability, at  pace and with fluency as they took control of the game from the  outset.

In contrast the Australians looked out of their depth as they  chased shadows and struggled to get any time on the ball while Chile ran and  dribbled, passed and moved in the manner prescribed by their Argentine coach,  Jorge Sampaoli.

The hordes of red shirted Chilean fans had sung their national anthem with  gusto and within 14 minutes of the kick off were singing their song of triumph -  Vamos, Vamos Chilenos - as if victory was a foregone conclusion.

It certainly seemed that way as their talented forwards, led by the classy  Alexis Sanchez, the Barcelona wide man, ran riot, seemingly finding space at  will as their midfielders pressed forward, giving Australia little time to play  out from the back or formulate attacking moves.

Chile made the breakthrough they had been promising since the first whistle  in the 12th minute, and Sanchez was the man who started the move and finished  it.

He linked up on the right with Charles Aranguiz, who did remarkably well to  keep the ball in play and prevent Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan from getting it  before he flighted a cross towards the penalty area. Eduardo Vargas got enough  on the ball to direct a downward header to Sanchez, who controlled before coolly  shooting past Ryan.

Two minutes later the Chileans were celebrating again with even bigger smiles  as they doubled their lead. Again Sanchez was the key element, spinning off his  marker beautifully to open up space before slotting a pass to Jorge  Valdivia.

The Brazil based playmaker surely couldn't believe how much space he had been  given on the edge of the penalty area and he had all the time to look up and  pitch a lofted drive past Ryan and under the bar.

At that point Chile looked Black Caviar odds to romp home against a  disjointed and outclassed Australia, who were chasing their tail and struggling  to put together any moves of significance.

But the Socceroos somehow steadied their listing ship, regained composure and  began to find a way back into the game. Still, Valdivia, Sanchez and Mauricio  Isla were combining cleverly, and Arturo Vidal shot just wide, and a third  Chilean goal seemed more likely.

But a driving run and shot over from Matthew  Leckie showed their was some life in the Socceroos as they began to get some  thrust in the opposition half.

And then, as has been so often the case, the talisman that is Tim Cahill  struck in the 35th minute to rock the Chileans and bring fresh hope to the  outsiders.

Ivan Franjic, who, like the rest of the defence had endured a torrid opening  half hour, got forward and won the ball wide on the right in a crunching tackle  before flighting a well weighted cross to the centre. Cahill outjumped Chilean  centre back Gary Medel to direct a thumping header past Claudio Bravo and put  the Australians back in the game.

It was his fourth World Cup goal, but more than that it put the Australian in  rarefied company as a player who has scored in three consecutive World Cups an  achievement that simply adds to his lustre with the Australian football public  who have cleaved him to their hearts since that memorable day in Kaiserslautern  eight years ago when he struck twice to bring Australia victory over Japan.

Cahill almost delivered a repeat shortly after the restart with a glancing  header wide as he claimed his shirt was being tugged by defender Gonzalo  Jara.

And then the former Everton man did have the ball in the back of the net once  again when he headed home Leckie's cross only for the ''goal'' to be ruled out  for a fractional offside call.

Mark Bresciano then came agonisingly close to levelling with a wonderful  first-time volley from Jason Davidson's cross. His shot seemed to be creeping in  but Bravo got down low enough to parry it out and the Australian midfielder  could only slam the rebound into the side netting.

It was now Australia that was looking threatening every time it got the ball  forward on the flanks looking for the head of Cahill, and Chile who looked like  a bundle of nerves, incapable of clearing properly or finding the fluid one  touch football which had illiminted the early stages of this game.

Bresciano drove forward to link with Cahill and the hard working Leckie, with  his pace and direct runs, kept threatening the Chilean defence with his  aggressive forays.  Now it was Australia doing all the pressing, the  Socceroos winning all the loose balls and 50-50 contests and looking the team  most likely in a complete role reversal of the first half hour.

But the Chileans were dangerous on the break, no more so than when Eduardo  Vargas skipped clear inside the penalty area and rolled a shot that looked for  all the world as if it were going in - until the unconsidered figure of Alex  Wilkinson, Australia's centre half, somehow got back to hook it clear just  before it crossed the line.

Australia looked the stronger team as they drove forward in search of the  equaliser. Leckie's powerful run took him half the length of the field but,  spent by the time he arrived in the penalty area, his shot lacked the power to  trouble Bravo. But the move was typical in what had been an enormous performance  by the German based forward, whose workrate and energy did so much to spark his  team as they recovered from their dreadful start.

Cahill headed over again as Postecoglou emptied his bench, replacing  Bresciano with Melbourne Victory's James Troisi, defender Ryan McGowan already  having come on for the injured Franjic. Australia still looked likely right to  the last - until one final Chilean break produced a rebound which Beausejour  drove home.

They might have been beaten, but there was plenty to admire in the display of  this inexperienced side that augurs well for the future, if not in Brazil, then  certainly in the Asian Cup early next year on home soil.

 

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that was an amazing game by both Australia and chile. in the first half it looked like Australia had no hope in scoring at all but then Cahill brought hope back to the Aussies by scoring a header in the 35th minute. in the second half chile were struggling to keep up with the Aussies and it looked like Cahill was going to score the equialiser but nosuch luck. chile came back and scored another goal bringing the score to 3-1 in chile's favour.

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"FIFA GO HOME"

"FIFA GO HOME" | FIFA WORLD CUP | Scoop.it

We're all in the gutters, said Oscar Wilde, but some of us are looking at the  stars.

Someone in Sao Paulo has a message for football's governing body and it comes  directly from the gutter: FIFA GO HOME.

It's written in large white paint, and in large capital letters, in a storm  drain running parallel to one of the clogged freeways on the way to the Arena  Corinthians - the venue for the World Cup opener between the host country and  Croatia on Friday morning (AEST).

Unless you've taken the metro - provided its workers are not on strike - the  graffitied message cannot be missed as you make your way from the heart of  Brazil's largest city, out on to its clogged freeways, out past the favelas that  rest precariously under highway overpasses, to the start of a month-long  festival.

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It is a festival many do not want, but most of Brazil still desperately wants  to win.

FIFA can go home - but we'll keep that gold trophy, thanks very much.

 

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Many of the people in brazil don't want to host the FIFA World Cup because they don't even  get enough money from the government to pay for their families but somehow the government can afford over 40 million to prepare for the soccer cup. They are very annoyed at this and in some areas they have started riots and like you can see in the picture above others have graffitied a lot of the city. this article probably isn't very good for the publicity of the comp because people are starting to get scared and anxious of being in the country with many angry brazilians.

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