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

Louis van Gaal hails talisman Robin van Persie

Louis van Gaal admits that it is "great" to have a striker as prolific as Robin van Persie in his Netherlands team.

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has hailed the talismanic qualities of striker Robin van Persie for his World Cup campaign thus far.

The Dutchman bagged a brace in the 5-1 rout of Spain on Friday, before grabbing an equaliser in the thrilling 3-2 win over Australia this afternoon.

Consequently, the Manchester United hitman is level with Germany's Thomas Muller and compatriot Arjen Robben in the race for the golden boot, and Van Gaal says that it is "great" to have the 31-year-old in his ranks.

"Is great to have a striker like Van Persie, he's on three goals already," he told reporters at full time this evening.

"That is a fantastic tally after two games, and he scores very attractive goals which is good for the fans."

Spain's 2-0 defeat to Chile tonight has meant that the Netherlands have already secured their last-16 place with a group game to spare.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben scores the first goal of the World Cup Group B match against Australia in Porto Alegre on June 18, 2014
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