2014 FIFA World Cup

Australia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Josh Kennedy – Australia qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Going into the 80th minute against Iraq at 0-0, a well-timed cross into the box by Mark Bresciano found its way onto the head of Josh Kennedy who headed the ball home to seal Australia’s position at Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

2014 FIFA World Cup Moment.

Heading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Australia faced its toughest challenge yet when it was grouped with the South American might of Chile, 2010 finalist Netherlands, and reigning champions Spain.
But the Socceroos had no intention of playing defensive football. Instead, then coach Ange Postecoglou set up the Socceroos to play an aggressive attacking style of football with the aim of making Australia fall in love with the team again after some previous dour performances.
However, in the first group game a rampant Chile were up 2-0 after less than 15 minutes of play. But after some early match nerves, Australia bounced back through previous FIFA World Cup hero Tim Cahill who scored 10 minutes from half-time.
But as the Socceroos searched for an equaliser in the second half the South Americans scored a late goal and while Australia suffered a 3-1 loss the final score did not reflect the gritty performance.
On to the next match and Australia needed to win against Netherlands in the second group game if they wanted to keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive.
Again, the Socceroos made a slow start, and on 20 minutes the Netherlands went ahead through Bayern Munich superstar Arjen Robben. However, Australia immediately fought back and a minute later Socceroos star Tim Cahill scored an extraordinary volley that equalised the game. The goal was so good it ranked 6th in the FIFA list of Top Ten goals.

Tim Cahill – Australia V Netherlands at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

After going down 1-0 in the 20th minute thanks to Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben, Australia immediately fought back through an incredibly well-timed volley by none other than the Socceroos star that is Tim Cahill.

It got even better for Australia when just six minutes after half-time Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak scored a penalty to make the score 2-1. The game was a roller coaster of emotions and Australia was in heaven as it led one of the world’s top football nations. But the high was short lived, as just four minutes later Dutch striker Robin van Persie equalised to make it 2-2.
Again, the Socceroos did not give up and midway through the second half Socceroos winger Tommy Oar found himself in the Dutch box with time and space. But instead of shooting he crossed to Mathew Leckie who was unable to control a difficult ball and Australia missed the chance to go ahead.
Cruelly for the Socceroos Manchester United bound Memphis Depay scored a long-range screamer from outside the box and Netherlands won the game 3-2.
In the final match against Spain, Australia was out of puff and suffered a 3-0 loss. But what Socceroos fans remember most about Brazil is that for one glorious moment Australia were on the cusp of achieving one of the greatest upsets in FIFA World Cup history.

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