So here we are again folks, another day, another game.
The Dutch are unbeaten in their last eleven World Cup group games, Robin van Persie has scored ten in the last nine games he’s played in BUT they’ve never beaten the lowest ranked team in the competition.
You’ve got Jenni and Rob to keep you company during the game.
*technically they’ve only played friendlies.
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You can rule out a leveller now. A cracking match. Best of the competition? A draw between Spain and Chile eliminates Oz. Which would be ridiculous, given how they’ve played.
Will be v interesting to see how they fare against the current holders…
Decent effort by Australia, putting up more of a fight than Spain.
Oz steadfastly refusing to enter “plucky territory.” Still can’t rule out a leveller here…
Without Cahill the Aussies do look a bit lost
He can’t be that fresh, the A League finished ages ago
Oz sub Adam Taggart is “fresh” from a season playing alongside Emile Heskey. How many steps up in class is THIS, then?
Who’s kidnapped Wesley Sneijder and replaced him with some bloke from the crowd??
The game’s pivotal moment right there. Leckie misses one chance and before I could finish typing that, let alone Jenni getting the gin out ;-), Memphis “Tennessee” Depay spots a gap in Oz keeper Mat Ryan’s left glove, and its 3-2. Cahill is subbed, his World Cup very possibly over.
These goals keep happening too quickly, I look down to get a drink and the Dutch score again…
De Jong also loves a moan
Oz’s Ryan McGowan “scored against Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final back in 2012.” Didn’t everybody???
Cat leaves pigeons. For now.
RvP wasn’t having any of that – 11 international goals in 10 games
And Australia take the lead – who saw this coming indeed?
Rubbish decision. Oz players celebrating like its a goal. Janmaat, tho, not protesting..
Bloody hell, again. Australia penalty
Also possibly “missing next match,” Ronaldo will only face the States against medical advice. Woooh…
“Debatable decision” says Carlisle, over footage of Matt Leckie pushing a Dutch defender over. Controversy, my days. Meanwhile, RVP is out for the Chile game. The “misses next match” caption is moving into overdrive.
For now, he’ll rip off his Martin O’Neill mask after the game
You will note Keane’s absence from the studio, however.
Good Keane trolling by Viera
Ah, Matt Smith. You are…my age…
Slow motion replay confirms that Cahill didn’t shin his goal. Didn’t shin that challenge on Bruno Martins Indl, either. And after that booking, somewhere in Brazil, Sergio Ramos is breathing a little easier…
Oh dear, talisman Tim will miss the next game
Bresciano, suspended for 4 months for breaking a Dubai club contract to go to Qatar. What’s his motivation then???
There’s only one time that a co-commentator has ever actually added ANYTHING to a game. It was Jimmy Hill, for England vs. Poland at Mexico 86. When Gary Lineker scored his first goal.
However, this is not to say that I consider co-commentators to be in any way necessary.
Clarke Carlisle as a co-commentator isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I’d rather listen to someone who sounds legitimately excited to be at the World Cup, let alone being PAID to be there, than Mark “Droopy” Lawrenson.
Actually missed Cahill’s goal live. But have already seen it from seven different angles across four different media outlets. “This is the Modern World” (Paul Weller)
I guess Messi’s goal isn’t the best of the tournament anymore…
In my day it was Van Der Valk
Carlisle on Robben: “Utterly dispatched.” On Cahill: “Oh my days.” He’s seen that Paul Whitehouse advert. And how short are memories? That was a “Van Persie”? In my day it was a “Van Basten.”
I get the feeling that this Dutch side are actually not all that, they just have some strategically-placed genuinely world class players. This does not bode well for Spain later.
Tim Cahill, on the other hand, is Australia’s ONLY top player and he’s been holding his end up in this tournament.
That’s the sort of goal you’d expect from Van Persie.
What a goal!
What a response from Tim Cahill…. not just good with his head.
Great solo effort, waltzing through the Aussies
I actually thought Sneijder had a semi-stinker against Spain…even in the second half. He’s off again. But, oh, so is Robben………..
Bloody hell (told you Robben would score)
There have been a few weak calls for the Dutch so far.
He’d probably argue with that
Tim Cahill loves a moan doesn’t he
First corner goes to Australia…
Sometimes when underdogs say they will take the game to their “superior opposition,” that means eight at the back instead of nine. Not here. Oz pressing hard at the start.
How long before Carlisle wonders aloud at how “good this Dutch side must be if Jan Vertonghen can’t get in it.”
That smile says “don’t you worry lads! I’ve scored in my last seven games! there’s time yet”
Cahill more clumsy than anything else there, bundling over his man
Newcomers to football must be wondering why the Dutch fans spend all that money on orange stuff when their team wear blue all the time…
I will admit this now – I am a fan of the Aussies, even if Big Ange left Matty Smith out of the squad
In the nick of time….here we go