The Netherlands v Australia - Live Match Update
Australia has produced a terrific battling display to draw 1-1 with The Netherlands aat the De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, after being reduced to ten-men following Luke Wilkshire's send off in the 60th minute.
Full-time - 1-1 draw.
90'+ Thompson wins a corner... comes to nothing.
89' Netherlands get a free kick in great position after Landzaat brought down... van Persie smashes shot against post.
87' van Persie greta faint and shot again brilliantly saved by Schwarzer for a corner.
83' Aloisi flick on header for Thompson who is crowded out by two defenders.
80' Australia battling away, Neill is injured.
79' van Persie not far away with low drive... just wide of post
78' Grella YC bringing down Robben on left edge of penalty area.
76' Australia hit quickly on break through Aloisi tried to square for unmarked Cahill, but just cut out and cleared.
74' van Nistlerooy shot is partially blocked and Schwarzer saves comfortably.
71' Aloisi fouled 25 out... Netherlands catch Australia offside after a bit of niggle in the area.
69' Kuyt sshot goes out for a corner.
68' Netherlands corner... cleared
66' Australia sub - Bresciano off - Thompson on
65' Australia sub - Viduka off - Aloisi on
63' Netherlands sub - van Bronckhorst off - Kuyt on
Wilkshire given red after tackle near the corner flag on van Bronckhorst, although referee Mike Dean showed a yellow card then a red, but it was his first yellow.
61' The match has taken a dramatic turn with Wilkshire given a red card.
59' Australia a corner from Dutch mistake... van der Sar punches clear.
57' Schwarzer another great save to deny van Nistlerooy. The game is certainly livening up now.
Mike Dean great decision for penalty even though he allowed slight advantage for Viduka who in the process of being dragged down still managed shot which hit the top of the bar.
55' Schwarzer again makes brilliant save to deny Robben, the ball again bobbling up over bar.
53' Goal - Cahill - Viduka's hits underside of bar, hits van der Sar and then onto post, attempted clearance rebounds to Cahill who slams home. 1-1
52' Australia penalty - Viduka hauled down after put through by Wilkshire...
50' Australia sub - Sterjovski off - Cahill on
49' Netherlands sub - Sneijder off - Landzaat on
47' from the corner, Sneijder falls heavily in the box.
47' Schwarzer somehow keeps out a close range shot by one of three Dutch players, the ball bobbling over the bar.
46' Sneijder first shot of second half, straight at Schwarzer
46' Netherlands sub - Kronkamp off - Heitinga on
Shaky first half, although looked better towards the end of the half. The Netherlands much the better of the chances and took the lead in 10th minute. Viduka should have equalised in 41st minute but headed weakly, allowing van der Sar. Notably it was the first real run by Chipperfield down the left flank that led to the chance.
Half time - Netherlands 1-0
45'+ Australia try to make Netherlands for slowing down game, Culina long rage shot that van der Sar has to move quickly to.
42' van Nistlerooy should have made it 2-0 when he had a free header at far post but headed wide.
41' Oh great save by van der Sar to deny Viduka, who received a great cross from Chipperfield. Should have scored with free header from six yards out.
40' Sterjovski forces a corner
39' Bresciano tries a shot from 25 yards, but easy for van der Sar
36' Netherlands sub - Cocu off - Maduro on
34' van Bommel runs onto long ball in box, from acute angle forces Schwarzer to save and corner... from corner Sneijder curling effort, brings out a magnificent finger-tip save from Schwarzer.
33' Neill for Bresciano, but ruled offside.
31' van Persie beats Chipperfield on right... Emerton clears for a corner
29' dangerous cross by Sterjovski is missed by everybody
26' The Netherlands lucky not to get a penalty when ball comes off Grella's arm trying to clear a long ball... from corner Moore clears.
25' Grella blocks Cocu as he tries to storm through.
21' Viduka gets a head to ball from corner... Neill puts back in Culina from edge of the box heads wide of goal.
18' van der Sar has to clear away with Viduka bearing down on him after bad backpass by Kronkamp.
18' Neill great little ball in for Viduka, but just out of his reach.
17' Robben good turn of pace to get past Emerton, cross dangerous but Grella clearance goes up in the air, but van Nistlerooy impedes Schwarzer.
15' long throw.. Viduka nods on but out for a goal kick
10' Goal - The Netherlands - shot by Ooijer is saved by Schwarzer, but rebound fell for van Nistlerooy on acute angle who shot home truly.
9' Corner - Netherlands... cleared
8' first real chance of game, van Nistlerooy flick on for Cocu, Schwarzer out well to punch clear.
5' free kick to Netherlands, whipped in dangeorusly, but cleared away.
Australia not looking intimidated.
3' 1st corner to Australia... Cocu clears but is injured in process... gets up gingerly.
2' The sun has come out... first foul of the match van Persie on Grella, Dutch fans not happy
1' first corner, Cocu tries volley but well wide.
We are off.
The Netherlands to kick-off.
The national anthems have been sung and we are now just minutes from kick-off.
The Mexican Wave is doing the rounds... the Dutch just know how to party.
It's a sea of orange here at the De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam. It's got to be said the Dutch certainly know how to support their team and the atmosphere is absolutely brilliant and the game hasn't even kicked off yet.
Mark Schwarzer has won the goalkeeping spot ahead of Zeljko Kalac, although this is in line with giving both keepers game time in the lead up to the finals. Wilkshire, as expected, has won a midfield berth.
Dutch coach Marco van Basten has named his strongest possible line-up, with Rafael fVan der vaart still injured
Australian line-up: Mark Schwarzer (gk); Lucas Neill, Craig Moore, Jason Culina, Brett Emerton, Mark Viduka (c), Vince Grella, Scott Chipperfield, Mile Sterjovski, Luke Wilkshire, Marco Bresciano Subs from: Zeljko Kalac (gk); Ante Covic (gk); Tim Cahill, Tony Popovic, Josip Skoko, Harry Kewell, Stan Lazaridis, John Aloisi, Michael Beauchamp, Archie Thompson, Josh Kennedy, Mark Milligan, Kristian Sarkies
Holland line-up: Edwin van der Sar (c &gk); Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Phillip Cocu, Ruud Van Nistlerooy, Arjen Robben, Jan Kromkamp, Andre Ooijer, Robin van Persie, Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder Subs from: Henk Timmer (gk); Maarten Stekelenburg (gk); Khalid Boulahrouz, Denny Landzaat, Dirk Kuyt, John Heitinga, Tim de Cler, Hedwiges Maduro, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Ryan Babel
Referee: Mike Dean (England)
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