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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- The Netherlands is on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup knockout rounds after fending off a belligerent Australia 3-2 on Wednesday to follow up its opening 5-1 rout of defending champion Spain. Cheap Jordans Shoes Wholesale . Memphis Depay scored the clincher in the 68th minute, seconds after Australia missed a chance to go ahead again. Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, who each scored twice against Spain, added to their tournament tallies before and after Australias goals, which included a stunning volley from Cahill that levelled the score at 1-1 in the 21st. Australia is almost certainly out of contention following consecutive defeats, and Cahill will be missing in its last match against Spain after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament. Van Persie will miss the Netherlands last group match against Chile for the same reason. "They just kept running. They actually scored well. The second half we went to our own system, what were used to," Van Persie said. "But everyone did well. Im really happy with the result." After a quiet start, the game burst into life in 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. Another rout seemed in the works, but only for only a matter seconds. Australia equalized with Ryan McGowan sending a long, looping pass from the midfield to Cahill, who volleyed over Jasper Cillessen onto the underside of the bar in one of the best goals of the tournament so far. Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, kept pressuring Netherlands, with Mark Bresciano and Matthew Spiranovic missing chances that could have given the Socceroos a halftime lead. Just before the interval, Cahill needlessly clattered into the back of Bruno Martins Indi and was given a yellow card. He was also booked in Australias opening 3-1 loss to Chile, meaning the veteran Socceroos star may have played his last World Cup game. Martins Indi was helped off the field, replaced by Depay to start the second half, and later taken to a hospital with a suspected concussion. At the start of the second half, Netherlands changed 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 levelled again four minutes later, collecting the ball in space on the edge of the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net. In the 68th minute, Tommy Oar had a shooting opportunity down on the left hand side of goal but chose to cross to Mathew Leckie, who couldnt beat the keeper. It proved costly on the next attacking play when Depay fired a swerving low shot from around 25 yards that beat the keepers outstretched right hand,. Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said he was "heartbroken" by the loss. "Bitterly disappointing," he said. "Just for the players, they were magnificent. They took it to a world-class team. Full credit to them, but I just feel bitterly disappointed they werent able to get some reward out of it today." Postecoglou said his team had proved some critics wrong with two gallant games. "We came to this World Cup and were playing against three of the best nations in the world," he said. "People were saying we wouldnt score a goal. In both games weve taken it to the opposition." Cheap Authentic Jordans From China . It led to his downfall on Tuesday. The Major League Soccer club fired Rennie after a second straight up-and-down season that saw the Whitecaps start strong before limping across the finish line. Cheap Jordans Online Usa . Ronaldo netted his 14th goal of the season in Europes top competition to give Madrid a clear advantage ahead of next weeks quarterfinal return leg in Germany. But it came at a price as the Portugal forward, who came into the first-leg nursing a sore left knee, came off in the 80th minute.Rory Best has insisted Ireland must pull off their best ever Test match performance to claim a second win over New Zealand in as many weeks. Ireland ended their 111-year wait for a maiden victory over the All Blacks with the 40-29 win in Chicago on November 5, and are now primed for a furious backlash in Dublin on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 4.45pm.Ireland captain Best knows full well the anger the back-to-back world champions will throw into their Dublin revenge mission - and has challenged his side to scale new heights in their performance to pull off another victory. This week well need a performance thats up there with the best weve ever produced in an Ireland shirt, said Best, who will win his 99th Test cap this weekend.Its about us being consistent with our performance levels, thats the most important element.Big one-off performances and then a drop-off isnt acceptable any more with this group of players. Joe Schmidt rejected Steve Hansens suggestion that Ireland are favourites on Saturday All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has branded New Zealand as underdogs for Saturdays Dublin rematch, and ever since Ireland have desperately battled to fend off any intimation they enter the contest as favourites.Ulster hooker Best has continued that theme, claiming Ireland will not even discuss Hansens pre-match assertions when preparing to face the record-breaking All Blacks for the second time in 14 days. Ireland vs New Zealand November 19, 2016, 4:45pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass That tag is something for the media, for press conferences, said Best of Hansen installing Ireland as favourites.They are the number one team in the world for a reason.There wont be any talk about favourites or underdogs in the changing room before the game.Its about knowing we will really have to perform in order to beat a very, very good All Blacks team. QUIZ: Irelands win over NZ Ireland famously beat the All Blacks in Chicago, but do you remember how they did it? Weve put the pressure on our group of players through the coaches to make sure that the preparation we did two weeks ago wont be enough.Its got to be more, so we put that pressure on ourselves internally and weve made sure that everything we covered two weeks ago, weve covered that and more. Thats how we deal with it.Like I said, that tag of favourites and underdogs doesnt really mean a whole lot to us, because were all about preparing us for this weekend, getting ready mentally for what will be an unbelievably tough challenge. Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock return to the New Zealand second row New Zealand have been able to suummon fit-again lock duo Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock for the Dublin showdown. Wholesale Authentic Jordans. Retallick has recovered from concussion while Whitelock has finally beaten ankle trouble to allow the All Blacks to restore one of the games most potent double acts.Best accepts that Ireland must raise their set-piece work even higher than in Chicago in order to counter the influence of New Zealands all-new second row pairing. The Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust, in partnership with Dove Men+Care pay tribute and remember the late, great Jonah Lomu. Credit: Dove Men+Care They are going to be hurting a little bit and they will come after us there, in the set-piece, said Best.We looked back on Chicago and we were fairly hard on the defensive elements in our performance.[Defence coach] Andy Farrell expects us to go out and deliver. Hes focused on our systems and how we stop these tries. Liam Neeson narrates Irelands 2023 Rugby World Cup bid promo. Watch it here... Credit: Irish Rugby For us we looked back at some of the scores, some of the breaks, theres a lot of improvements we can make in our systems.Weve had three weeks together now so we should be better than we were in Chicago.Defensively we should be better and we need to be better. 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