Australia up for tough Netherlands test

Australia up for tough Netherlands test
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal and Robin Van Persie

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014. 11:18

Australia will aim to avoid a second successive defeat when they take on the Netherlands in their second Group B encounter at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on Wednesday night.

The Socceroos got their campaign off to a losing start when they went down 3-1 to Chile and are currently placed third on the group table with zero points.

Assistant coach Aurelio Vidmar is aware of the tough challenges they will face against the 2010 runners-up but is hopeful that his side will maintain their unbeaten record against the Dutch.

"They (Netherlands) are going to be a very tough proposition,” said Vidmar. “You can never take any team for granted. We've got an enormous amount of respect for them because they were the last World Cup's finalists.

"They've got a lot of experience around them. There are a few that haven't played a lot of internationals, but they've got a lot of tough experience from domestic competition, which will also put them in good stead.

"They'll be very, very motivated as well to do very well.”

Netherlands on the other hand will be looking to edge closer to securing their spot in the round of 16 following the convincing 5-1 win over defending champions Spain.

However, captain and brace-hero Robin Van Persie says his side should not get too far ahead of themselves and focus on putting on another strong performance against Australia.

"It was an amazing start for our World Cup, and I think we've made a lot of people very happy,” he said. However, those were only the first three points.

“Now the focus is on Australia, and I think that will be completely different to the game against Spain.

"Australia have a very different style and I think we are going to have to adjust our own game to beat them. It’s an interesting process, having to adjust your game every time.

“However, we have a fantastic technical staff who know exactly how to prepare us for matches, so I’m not worried."

The two sides have met on three occasions with Australia winning one match, while the other two games have ended in draws.

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