Dutch Escape Aussie Scare, Croatia Beat Indomitable Cameroon

Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie scored for the Netherlands before Memphis Depay netted in the winner as Netherlands overcame a brilliant Australia to record a thrilling 3-2 victory. In the other match of the day, Croatia slammed four past Cameroon.

updated: June 19, 2014 10:21 IST
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Robin Van Persie (center) is seen celebrating a goal for Netherlands against Australia in their FIFA World Cup Group B match.

Porto Alegre: A second-half by strike by substitute Memphis Depay gave Netherlands a 3-2 comeback victory over Australia in an absorbing World Cup Group B match on Wednesday.

The result puts Netherlands into a strong position to advance to the last 16 with two wins, including the opening 5-1 rout of defending champion Spain. It almost surely puts Australia out of contention with two defeats.

The Dutch opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a Arjen Robben solo effort but Australia responded seconds later, with Tim Cahill's stunning volley making it 1-1 before the halftime break.

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