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Friday, Jun 20, 2014

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Can Soccceroos squash Oranje?

The New Paper | Lim Min Zhang | Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Schalke's Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar(Left) and Hertha's Tunisian forward Sami Allagui

Aussie actor Keagan Kang

What chance do the Socceroos have against a ruthless Dutch side?

Football is unpredictable. You can never tell - a single red card or injury can change the course of the match. It was quite a feat for the Dutch team to win 5-1 in their last match (against Spain). It will be a very hard match but I think we have a 35 per cent chance of winning.

Are the Socceroos the underdogs?

We are definitely underdogs against a strong Dutch side. But it will be a mistake to underestimate the Socceroos - we are a lot more bite than bark.

What do you think of the Socceroos?

They are not a team of household names, but that does not mean they are not good - they are still league players. We should not dismiss the diligence of the team that has worked hard to get to the World Cup.

Who will be the key player to make a difference?

(Tim) Cahill is a very key striker for us, given his past record in the tournament.

If you were the head coach, how would you approach the match?

I would say go on the offensive all the way, even in defence, by taking as much possession as possible and keeping up the pressure. We have nothing to lose playing against the odds and that's the advantage of being the underdogs.

How far can the Socceroos go in the tournament?

I think Australia have a chance of making it out of this tough group. The Socceroos embody the spirit of team pride and unison that I grew up learning about in Australia - and I think that spirit will shine through regardless of the result tomorrow.

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