Australia v Holland: Dutch double act to give Socceroos no ‘R & R’
If revenge is a dish best served cold then Holland, beaten World Cup finalists of 2010, prepared a platter directly from the freezer for their conquerors of four years ago, by humiliating holders Spain 5-1 in their Group B opener.
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben did the vast majority of Spain’s degrading with a brace apiece on a memorable night for the Oranje.
It’s the Bayern Munich flyer who we pick out to notch against next opponents Australia as one of three potentially money-spinning picks to accompany the match.
For a 30-year-old, the pace that the former Chelsea winger showed to out-sprint Spain defender Sergio Ramos for Holland’s fifth and his second in the 80th minute was simply breathtaking.
Having already sounded out the in-form Bayern man to top the Dutch scoring charts pre-tournament this writer is sticking with that theory after witnessing his display against Spain.
He’s netted five goals in his last four competitive games for his country.
The other half of Holland’s twin terrors against the Spanish, RVP reminded Manchester United fans of his true class with two goals, while the first header was a thing of beauty.
Australia were all at sea dealing with Chile’s interchanging attack in the opening 15 minutes last time out and the Dutch master’s movement should see him get an early chance to stick one away.
The Socceroos were certainly more resolute in the second half against Chile, though those early blows were always going to be hard to recover any sort of result from.
Louis van Gaal will not wish to put any restraint on the momentum they have built with that opening win and by racking up another sizeable scoreline, winning Group B will become that much easier with Chile still to come.
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