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Holland will look to put one foot in the knock out stages when they face Australia on Wednesday at the Estadio Beira-Rio.
The Dutch put in a footballing master class in their 5-1 win Spain in the opening round and depending on results elsewhere can secure their place in the last 16 with a win over the Australians.
Trailing 1-0 after 27 minutes, Louis Van Gaal’s men scored five unanswered goals to destroy the current world cup holders and avenge their own 2010 final defeat.
Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie both scored a brace as the Dutch 5-3-2 system stunned the Spanish. Van Gaal is likely to revert to a 4-4-2 system against the Australian’s with Daley Blind, so effective in setting up two goals from left back likely to move into midfield, his place in the defence is set to go to Bruno Martins Indi
Australia meanwhile will rue their poor opening quarter in the game with Chile. Goals in the 12th and 14th minute effectively sealed their faith and ensured that already difficult task was made even harder.
Ryan McGowan looks set to get his first start in the tournament following an injury to regular right back Ivan Franjic while winger Mathew Leckie will look to build on his impressive outing against the Chileans.
The 23 year old along with Tommy Oar and veteran Tim Cahill, scorer of Australian’s consolation goal in their opening defeat, will be responsible for providing the impetus in attack for the Socceroo’s.
This will be fourth meeting between the two sides and given their respective standing in the game most people will be surprised to learn that Holland have never beaten Australia. The teams first met in June 2006 when they drew 1-1 and 2 years later Australia won 2-1.
The most meeting between the two came in 2009 when never side could find a breakthrough. This will be the first time the teams have met at an International tournament however and given the respective form, Holland will fancy their chances of recording that elusive first win.
The two sides have met in a final on the world stage before with Australia winning 6-1 however the sport on that occasion was hockey something which won’t worry Van Gaal and his Australian counterpart Ange Postecoglou too much.