Australia Defeat Ten-Men Oranje

Netherlands 1-2 Australia

Ajax striker Huntelaar opened the score in the 6th minute, but a red card for Holland shot stopper Stekelenburg turned the match around. Harry Kewell converted a penalty and Josh Kennedy’s header gifted the Aussies the victory.

Australia boosted their confidence with a 2-1 victory over The Netherlands. Referee Atkinson turned the match around by sending Maarten Stekelenburg off the pitch after 45 minutes.

Kewell converted a spot kick to equalise after a quick opener by Huntelaar. The second half was far from entertaining and Kennedy scored the 2-1 with 15 minutes to go.

Despite the loss, Holland received good news today. Scotland lost 1-0 against Macedonia and Norway drew 2-2 against Iceland.


Bert van Marwijk surprisingly started with Liverpool winger Ryan Babel instead of Real Madrid attacker Arjen Robben, but no further surprises in the Holland formation.

For Australia, Pim Verbeek opted to play with David Carney as left back instead of the slightly injured Scott Chipperfield, who was rested for the upcoming match against Uzbekistan.

First Half

The Netherlands started the brighter side of the two and it took them only six minutes to open the score. Ryan Babel was quicker than his opponent after a long pass by Joris Mathijsen and his cross was met by Ajax skipper Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Australia goalie Schwarzer never had a chance to save his powerful left footed strike.

Oranje remained the dominating side, but the Socceroos were dangerous on the counter attack, too. Brett Holman was set up by Blackburn Rovers midfielder Brett Emerton, but Jason Culina’s header after the cross didn’t result in the equaliser.

The next chance was for the Dutch again, a quickly taken free kick by Rafael van der Vaart ended up in front of John Heitinga. The Atletico defender fired in the shot instead of passing to Huntelaar, but his shot didn’t cause any trouble for Mark Schwarzer.

Australia were close to equalising ten minutes before halftime, when Holman had a big chance after some sloppy defending by the Dutch. However, Holland goalie Stekelenburg prevented the AZ attacker from equalising with a fine save.

Australia managed to score the 1-1 in the dying seconds of the first half. A sloppy back pass by Heitinga was intercepted by Karlsruher striker Josh Kennedy, who was quicker than Stekelenburg. The shot stopper fouled Kennedy and referee Atkinson awarded a deserved penalty. Harry Kewell confidently placed the ball past substitute goalie Henk Timmer.

Furthermore, the referee handed Stekelenburg an unnecessary red card, meaning that Holland had to continue with ten men.

Second Half

With the advantage of having an extra man, Australia had more possession than the Dutch without creating any serious chances.

After 70 minutes however, Kennedy had the possibility to gift his side the lead. A beautiful pass by Carney handed the Karlsruhe player a chance, but Timmer saved his shot.

Both teams weren’t really interested in entertaining the public and were obviously taking it easy. Nevertheless, a Luke Wilkshire cross from the right was met by the head of Josh Kennedy in the 76th minute to give his side the lead from out of nowhere.

This seemed to have awakened the Dutch, because Ibrahim Afellay was immediately dangerous. His pass to Ryan Babel after a nice run on the right flank resulted in a chance, but Babel’s shot was blocked by a defender.

Substitute Jan Vennegoor was close to equalising directly after entering the pitch, but he mistimed his header and failed to trouble Schwarzer.

Again Vennegoor set up Dirk Kuyt in the last minutes of the match with a through header, but Schwarzer reacted alert to prevent the 2-2.


Netherlands: Stekelenburg (gk), Heitinga, Ooijer, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, Van Bommel, De Jong, Van Persie (Kuyt/46), Van der Vaart (Afellay/71), Babel (Vennegoor), Huntelaar (Timmer/45)

Australia: Schwarzer (gk), Wilkshire, Neill, Coyne (Beauchamp/71), Carney, Emerton (Bresciano/46), Culina (Burns/78), Holman (Djite/71), Valeri, Kewell (Sterjovski/46), Kennedy (Garcia/78)

Referee: Atkinson (England)

Yellow Cards: none

Red Cards: Stekelenburg (Netherlands/45)

Goals: 1-0 Huntelaar 6; Kewell 45+1, Kennedy, 76

5′ [1 - 0] K.J. Huntelaar

43′ M. Stekelenburg (red card)

46′ [1 - 1] H. Kewell (pen.)

76′ [1 - 2] J. Kennedy

Australia Defeat Ten-Men Oranje Reviewed by admin Ucop on 9:06 PM Rating: 5

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