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Australia pushes Netherlands all the way, but Dutch win again at World Cup to top Group B

Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

The Netherlands had to work much harder for victory over the World Cup's lowest-ranked team than it did against the defending world and European champion.

A goalkeeping blunder by Maty Ryan handed substitute Memphis Depay his first international goal and the Netherlands the winner Wednesday after a spirited Australia had brought the Dutch back down to earth with a bump following their 5-1 thrashing of Spain in their Group B opener.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring before Tim Cahill's stunning volley brought the sides level a minute later. Mile Jedinak then converted a 54th minute penalty and Robin van Persie equalized with his third goal of the tournament.

Depay's speculative long-range shot beat Ryan in the 68th to give the Dutch a 3-2 victory.