It was an exciting day for Australian soccer as the national team led one of the top teams in the world in a World Cup match - but only for a few minutes. Australia was defeated by the Netherlands 3-2 after a penalty kick goal that put Australia ahead 2-1 was followed by two quick strikes by the powerhouse Dutch.
Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the match for the Netherlands in the 20th minute:
Just a minute later, Tim Cahill of Australia tied the game with an absolutely fantastic, beautiful goal:
In the 54th minute, the Australians were awarded a penalty kick after the Dutch committed a handball foul inside the box.
Mile Jedinak converted on the free kick to put the Australians up 2-1 over the Dutch - something that the announcers on ESPN described as "uncharted territory".
The lead did not last long. In the 58th minute, Robin van Persie tied the game:
Ten minutes later, in the 68th minute, Holland's Memphis Depay gave his team the 3-2 lead.
Although the loss was disappointing after having a temporary lead, the ability to keep pace with the powerhouse Dutch was seen as a victory for Australian soccer. Unfortunately, Tim Cahill (seen below celebrating his goal) will be suspended for Australia's next match - which is against Spain - as he received a yellow card in the match. It was his second yellow card of the tournament, which equals an automatic suspension for the next game.
All in all, it was a very entertaining match.