Australia 2 Netherlands 3: Player ratings as Man Utd star scores again

Australia 2 Netherlands 3: Player ratings as Robin van Persie helps fire the Dutch into the last 16 of the World Cup

Trevor Murray
By Trevor Murray
Australia
2
Netherlands
3

Australia

Mathew Ryan Was more than equal to Holland’s attacks in the opening half – saved Robin Van Persie’s glancing header well in the 18th minute. Was worth more than the three goals he conceded. 7/10

Ryan McGowan Will have been disappointed to concede a trio of strikes and in truth should still be proud of his efforts. 7

Alex Wilkinson Tidied things up well at the back – was conservative and smart in his clearances and interceptions. 7

Matthew Spiranovic Did his best to come forth as cavalry for the free-kicks they won. Almost got on the end of one in the opening 45, but was just narrowly away from connecting with what could have been a crucial goal. 8

Jason Davidson Kept a close eye on Robben throughout. Showed a bit of his own trickery and pace to cause a few headaches and livened the crowd up more than once. 7

Mile Jedinak Was composed in the middle of the park. Most importantly off all, of course, he showed nerves of reinforced steel to stick a penalty away in the 55th minute to give them a brief lead. 8

Matt McKay Never relented in piling the pressure on the Dutch. 7

Mathew Leckie Had the crowd on their feet after 16 minutes with a nice jinking run coming in off the right flank that Bresciano eventually won a corner from. His opportunistic, yet enthusiastic, cross to find Cahill for their first goal underlined his heart and determination. He was a true inspiration; he never gave up. 9

Mark Bresciano Kept a cool head under pressure on the left and looked more than capable of beating De Vrij. Almost had a goal after 30 minutes when Leckie cut back a cross into his path. Was replaced six minutes into the second half. 7

Tommy Oar More than open to receiving the ball on the left flank, Oar provided an excellent outlet for the Aussies – he had a great game, indeed. Was subbed with 15 minutes left on the clock. 7

Tim Cahill (man of the match) It took Australia slightly over a minute to respond to Arjen Robben’s strike as Cahill once more rose to the occasion. One of the best strikes you’re likely to see in a World Cup game; absolutely superb stuff from the former Everton star. Was booked for a foul on Bruno Martins Indi and came off with 20 minutes to go. 9

Substitutes

Oliver Bozanic Came on for Mark Bresciano in the 51st minute. Didn’t delay in getting stuck in as he duly won a penalty immediately. 7

Ben Halloran Replaced Tim Cahill in the 70th minute. 6

Adam Taggart Was introduced for Tommy Oar with 15 minutes to go. 6

Netherlands

Jasper Cillesen Could do absolutely nothing about the undisputed goal of the tournament so far. Was on tenderhooks for much fo the first half. 6

Ron Vlaar Got forward for set-pieces with enthusiasm. Nearly had a goal in the first half with a decent header across goal. 6

Stefan De Vrij Got down the left-hand side a bit more after their second goal, and floated in a couple of inviting crosses. 7

Bruno Martins Indi Went down early on after a slight challenge from Cahill and again later on. Was soon stretchered off. 5

Daley Blind The 2014 Dutch Player of the Year clearly possessed the technique to unlock the Australian cover, and perhaps on another day he would have had more influence – but Australia’s mentality made it that bit more difficult. 5

Daryl Janmaat Out on the right, he was present to try and stretch the Australians, but never really got going. 5

Jonathan de Guzman Didn’t instigate many forward-pushing moves as he was hassled and harried quite a bit. Played more passes towards his own goal as the game dragged on. Came off late in the second half. 5

Wesley Sneijder Fancied his chances with a 50th minute, right-footed effort, but the ‘keeper palmed it away well around the post for a corner. Wasn’t at all as dangerous as many imagined he would, or indeed should, have been. 5

Nigel De Jong Was his usual boisterous self, throwing in a few hefty challenges along the way. Aside from that, he was lacking in threat. 5

Robin van Persie Squandered a few chances early on. Didn’t get a lot of service. Nonetheless, whenever he did, he looked dangerous. His goal just before the hour mark was a terrible blow to Australia’s confidence. He tried to inject some magic, but the work-rate of Ange Postecoglou’s men paid dividends to keep him at bay. 7

Arjen Robben Delivered in a number of decent balls from set-pieces. Was quite anonymous as Australia rose into the ascendancy, but when they took the lead his confidence grew considerably. His first goal, although ruled out rapidly, was a reminder of his quality. 6

Substitutes

Mephis Depay Was introduced right on the stroke of half-time to replace Martins Indi. His opportunistic strike from distance to beat Ryan swung the tie back in Holland’s favour. 7

Georginio Wihnaldum N/A

Jeremain Lens N/A

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