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Neil Humphreys
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

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Magical goal, magical game

The New Paper | Neil Humphreys | Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

GROUP B

Australia 2 (Tim Cahill 21, Mile Jedinak 54-pen)

Holland 3 (Arjen Robben 20, Robin van Persie 58, Memphis Depay 68)

The so-called World Cup lull is over. Tim Cahill scored the goal of the tournament in the game of the tournament.

The underdogs from Down Under were inspired.

The over-achieving Dutch were mostly insipid. They combined to produce the most thrilling, intoxicating, spellbinding game Brazil has witnessed to date.

The final 3-2 scoreline in Holland's favour seems almost a vulgar afterthought.

Proceedings at Porto Alegre transcended the mere mundane of scores and points to reach sporting nirvana.

If Brazil stopped to watch the hosts, the world stopped to watch this one.

The Aussies were men possessed, defying the statistics and revelling in their Cinderella status. The Dutch didn't know what hit them.

They started the game in a fitful daze, seemingly hung over after their hedonistic night out against the Spaniards.

Arjen Robben woke them up in the 20th minute.

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