Jun 18, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
AustraliaAustralia
2-3
Netherlands
Cahill (20'), Jedinak (53' pen.)
Cahill (43')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Robben (19'), van Persie (56'), Depay (67')
van Persie (46')

Half-Time Report: Netherlands being held by dogged Australia

Australia and the Netherlands play out a 1-1 draw in the first half of their World Cup encounter in Porto Alegre.

Australia and the Netherlands have finished the first half tied at 1-1 in this evening's World Cup encounter in Porto Alegre.

The Aussies started well by frustrating the Dutch, and they nearly took the lead on 17 minutes when Mark Bresciano's effort from the edge of the box was deflected wide.

The Netherlands threatened at the other end moments later, but Robin van Persie's tame header was easily saved by Mathew Ryan.

Louis van Gaal's side finally made the breakthrough with 19 minutes played as Arjen Robben made a bursting run from inside his own half before calmly firing home.

Australia forward Tim Cahill volleys home the equaliser against the Netherlands during their World Cup Group B game in Porto Alegre on June 18, 2014© Getty Images

However, Australia responded just a minute later as Tim Cahill smashed an incredible volley on the angle past Jasper Cillessen following a long ball over the top of the Dutch defence.

The Aussies showed plenty of attacking intent after levelling the match, and they could have gone ahead had Bresciano not blasted the ball over the crossbar after arriving late in the box.

A solid opening 45 minutes for Australia was tainted towards the end of the half when Cahill was booked for a late challenge, meaning that he will be suspended for the team's final group game against Spain.

Members of the Netherlands national team pose prior to a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014
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