Australia 2-3 Netherlands

Mephis Depay guided Netherland’s third past Australian goalkeeper Ryan to confirm two wins in a row for the Group B giants.

The winner came in the 68th minute when Mephis picked up the ball towards the socceroo’s defence chancing it before he took a shot from 25 metres and the ball blasted through to the Aussie goal .

Arjen Robben had blown the lid off for the Dutch much earlier thanks to his pick on the halfway line, beating Wilkinson who tried to hack at him for a 20th minute drill from inside the box.

Australia looked rather impressive, brave and positive making runs into the Dutch half and a response was not any further for a level draw. Tim Cahill scored the goal of the world cup, a brilliant volley from the edge if the box in the 21st minute.

Mike Jedinak slotted in a penalty for Australia in the 54th minute before Holland got all over the show. It took only four minutes for the Dutch to celebrate the leveller this time as Robin Van Persie was played onside by defender Jason Davidson for an explosion that left the Aussie defence in shambles.

Chile 2-0 Spain

Meanwhile, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain was eliminated from the tournament with one group game still to play after the defending champions succumbed to a 2-0 loss against Chile.

Chile’s Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring in the 19th minute after Alexis Sanchez took advantage of a poor pass from Xabi Alonso before playing one-two with Arturo Vidal.

Midfielder Charles Aranguiz received the ball, squaring it to Vargus who calmly took it past Iker Casillas before finding the back of the net.

Aranguiz doubled Chile’s lead just before half time following Iker Casillas’ mistake of beating away Alexis Sanchez’s free kick. Aranguiz made no mistake as he punted another into the back of the net.

Spain’s Diego Costa squandered an excellent chance in the area when the ball got caught under his feet to scuff the shot wide. Busquets also wasted a great opportunity missing an open goal that looked easier to score.

Despite having created few clear cut chances and long spells of possession, Spain were eventually down to another defeat. The result meant they became the third reigning champion to be knocked out in the group stage in the last four world cups joining France in 2002 and Italy in 2010. Chile and Holland progress to the last 16 from this Group, B.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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