The Netherlands were supposed to coast past Australia for a stranglehold over the rest of Group B. Australia's Tim Cahill, however, had other plans.
Dutch forward Arjen Robben’s breakaway goal put the Netherlands up 1-0 in the 20th minute, following a header assist from emerging midfielder Daley Blind. The lead would be short lived.
One minute later, Cahill delivered a wonder goal.
Cahill's left-footed volley, perhaps the best goal of World Cup 2014, stunned the Dutch. After celebrating the Robben goal, the Netherlands' defense was unable to intercept a beautiful lob assist from defender Ryan McGowan. From the left side, Cahill used a gorgeous one-touch from distance, which hit the crossbar and then went down and into the goal past goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
The underdog Australians managed to keep the ball deep in Netherlands territory for portions of the match, but couldn't score until attacking from the air. For much of the first half, the Aussies have held their ground. They surprisingly have controlled possession for 55 percent of the match, and have out-shot the Dutch, 5-2.
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At halftime, the match is still 1-1.
There was some bad news for Australia. In the 44th minute, Cahill was given a yellow card. It was his second of the tournament, which means the New York Red Bulls star will sit out the next match against powerhouse Spain.
A victory or draw could put Group B back into play for Spain, who appeared in danger after their 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Netherlands. Australia lost to Chile in their opening match, 3-1.