Netherlands edges Australia 3-2 in World Cup

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PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Mile Jedinak of Australia shoots and scores his team's second goal on a penalty kick past Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: The Netherlands fans applaud their team at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Australia fans applaud their team at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands waves during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Australia's defender Jason Davidson reacts at the end of a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. Netherlands won 3-2. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Oliver Bozanic of Australia and Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands compete for the bal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Australia's goalkeeper Mat Ryan fails to stop a shot by Netherlands' Robin van Persie to score his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australia's Tim Cahill, left, watches as Netherlands' Ron Vlaar clears the ball during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Australia's Tim Cahill, right, scores his side's first goal past Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands celebrate with coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Daryl Janmaat of the Netherlands and Mathew Leckie of Australia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
(L-R) Memphis Depay of Holland, Robin van Persie of Holland during the FIFA World Cup match between Australia and The Netherlands on June 18, 2014 at Estadio Beira Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) king Willem Alexander of Holland, queen Maxima of Holland during the FIFA World Cup match between Australia and The Netherlands on June 18, 2014 at Estadio Beira Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Mark Bresciano of Australia makes his way to the mixed zone after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Mathew Ryan of Australia makes his way to the mixed zone after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Australia fans applaud their team at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrate their team's victory with fans after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Australia's forward Tim Cahill (L) and Netherlands' defender Ron Vlaar vie for the ball during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Ryan McGowan of Australia and Memphis Depay of the Netherlands compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Daley Blind of the Netherlands and Mathew Leckie of Australia compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Ryan McGowan of Australia and Memphis Depay of the Netherlands compete for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
(L-R) Ryan McGowan of Australia, Jonathan de Guzman of Holland, Memphis Depay of Holland, Robin van Persie of Holland during the FIFA World Cup match between Australia and The Netherlands on June 18, 2014 at Estadio Beira Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 19: Chinese football fans watch Australia vs Holland 2014 FIFA World Cup Game at Beijing Sanlitun Bar Street on June 19, 2014 in Beijing, China. Sanlitun Bar Street is a famous bar street in Beijing, people from different countries watch the FIFA World Cup Game TV Live here all night. (Photo by Xiao Lu Chu/Getty Images)
Australia's forward Mathew Leckie (top) vies for the ball against Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Mathew Leckie of Australia lies on the pitch after his teams 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 19: Chinese football fans watch Australia vs Holland 2014 FIFA World Cup Game at Beijing Sanlitun Bar Street on June 19, 2014 in Beijing, China. Sanlitun Bar Street is a famous bar street in Beijing, people from different countries watch the FIFA World Cup Game TV Live here all night. (Photo by Xiao Lu Chu/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands controls the ball as Oliver Bozanic of Australia gives chase during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Netherlands' forward and captain Robin van Persie reacts during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. Netherlands won 3-2. AFP PHOTO/ DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Netherlands' midfielder Nigel de Jong celebrates their victory at the end of a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. Netherlands won 3-2. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: A dejected Mark Bresciano and Adam Taggart of Australia look on after being defeated by the Netherlands 3-2 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Australia's defender Alex Wilkinson (L) vies with Netherlands' forward Jeremain Lens during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Mile Jedinak of Australia scores the team's second goal from the penalty spot during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Australia's midfielder Oliver Bozanic (2ndR) kicks the ball during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Netherlands' forward and captain Robin van Persie (R) heads the ball as Australia's defender Alex Wilkinson looks on during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia's midfielder and captain Mile Jedinak (15) scores on a penalty kick during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Netherlands' defender Bruno Martins Indi reacts after being tackled during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Netherlands' Arjen Robben waves to fans following the team's 3-2 loss to the Netherlands during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Australia's Mile Jedinak, right, comforts Jason Davidson after losing 2-3 in the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Australia's Matthew Spiranovic reacts after Netherlands' Robin van Persie scored his side's second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Dutch supporters react before the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
An Australian fan takes photos before the start of during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
An Australian fan holds a blow-up kangaroo before the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Australian fans interview one another while waiting for the start the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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By CHRIS BRUMMITT
Associated Press

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- Memphis Depay scored a late clincher as Netherlands withstood Australia's unsettling challenge in a 3-2 comeback win Wednesday to move to the verge of qualifying for the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Netherlands followed up its 5-1 rout of defending champion Spain with a closer-than-expected win against Australia, which is almost surely out of contention after two straight defeats.

Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, who each scored twice against Spain, added to their tallies before and after Australia's goals. Substitute Depay scored in the winner in the 68th.

After a quiet start the game burst into life on the 20th minute when Robben collected the ball near halfway, sped through a gaping hole in the Australian midfield and shot powerfully past the outstretched left foot of Maty Ryan.

But Australia equalized almost immediately, with Ryan McGowan sending a long, looping pass from the midfield to Tim Cahill, who volleyed over Jasper Cillessen onto the underside of the bar in one of the best goals of the tournament so far.

Cahill, Australia's all-time leading scorer, ran to the corner and punched the flag in celebration.

Mark Bresciano and Matthew Spiranovic missed chances that could have given Australia a halftime lead.

Just before the interval, Cahill needlessly clattered into the back of Bruno Martins Indi deep within the Dutch half. He got a yellow card, ensuring he can't play against Spain after also being booked in Australia's opening 3-1 loss to Chile. Martins Indi was helped off the field, and was replaced by Depay to start the second half.

After the break, Netherlands changed its formation from a 5-3-2 system that worked so well against Spain to a more traditional Dutch 4-3-3 style to incorporate Depay, but it was Australia which took the surprise lead with a penalty after Daryl Janmaat handled the ball in the area.

Mile Jedinak converted from the spot in the 54th to make it 2-1 but Van Persie leveled again four minutes later, collecting the ball in space on the edge of the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net.

Cahill came achingly close to giving Australia the lead when he met a cross from Mathew Leckie in the 68th, but could only chest it to the keeper.

It only took a matter of seconds before Depay fired a swerving low shot to the right of Ryan from around 25 yards to secure the three points. Netherlands leads the Group B with six points ahead of Chile's match later Wednesday against Spain.

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