Van Persie, Robben score again, Netherlands beat Australia, 3-2


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil ( — The Netherlands scored twice in the second half to pick up a 3-2 victory over Australia in an exciting World Cup Group B contest at Estadio Beira-Rio on Wednesday.

Holland, which defeated title holders Spain in the first game, took the lead through another brilliant run and a fine finish from Arjen Robben in the 21st minute.

However, that lead only lasted for 70-seconds, as Tim Cahill quickly cancelled that strike out with a stunning volley in the 21st.

Australia then went ahead after Mile Jedinak sent Jasper Cillessen the wrong way when he fired his team into a surprised early second half lead from the penalty spot in the 54th minute.

That goal woke the Dutchmen up and a fired up striker Robin van Persie beat the offside line and then kept his composure to even things up for the Netherlands with a super strike in the 58th minute,

Holland then sealed the win and moved to the top of Group B standings with six points when late first half substitute Memphis Depay scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the 68th for the Dutch to win 3-2.

Van Persie, who will miss the final group game because of back-to-back yellow card offenses, and Robben have now taken their 2014 FIFA World Cup tally to three goals each.