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Robben Scores Again in Netherlands' 3-2 Shoot-Out with Australia

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His opening goal causes Australia to clamp down on him for the rest of the match

Paul Gilham

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Looking to assure his country's advancement into the Round of 16, Arjen Robben opened the scoring for the Netherlands in their 3-2 victory over Australia.

He did what he does best, finishing far post with his left foot on a short angle for his third goal of the Tournament. His jubilation was short-lived as Tim Cahill equalized for Australia less than a minute later.

Robben's break forward was the last time he broke free in a very open match. The Australian defense did their best to contain the quick Robben, heading away balls over the top in his direction and converging on him when he had the ball.

Robben once again played as a second forward, Robin van Persie his strike partner on the right. The two did not have the same number of breathtaking counterattacks like the Spain match, Australia forcing the Dutch to control the possession, but they both were able to find enough space behind to allow their superhuman finishing ability to take over. The Dutch duo are now tied with Germany's Thomas Müller with three goals in the tournament.

With the victory, Robben and the Netherlands are in the best position in Group B to advance through to the Round of 16. A result against Chile on June 23 would award the Dutch with the group victory, and Robben will be the centerpiece with van Persie picking up a yellow card suspension.