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


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


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


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


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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