MATCH PREVIEW: Australia vs. Netherlands

Cahill and the Socceroos look to rebound vs. Netherlands

Tim Cahill and the Socceroos face their toughest test on Wednesday, entering an essential must-win game against the Netherlands. After falling to Chile in their opening game last Friday, Australia needs three points to realistically keep their dreams of advancing out of the group alive.

In Australia’s first game, the Red Bull star scored in vintage-Cahill style, powering home a header that cut his team’s deficit to 2-1 late in the first half. Despite turning the momentum in their favor, Australia couldn’t find an equalizer and eventually fell 3-1.

Watch Tim Cahill's goal below:

The Netherlands are coming off arguably the most impressive performance in the 2014 World Cup so far, dismantling defending World Cup champion Spain 5-1 in their first game in group stage.

Powered by goals from Robin van Persie (2), Arjen Robben (2) and Stefan de Vrij, the Netherlands jumped to the top of Group B.

Australia currently sits in third in the group, one spot above last place Spain based on goal differential. Kickoff for Wednesday’s match between Australia and the Netherlands is set for 12 p.m. ET.

You can watch the game live on ESPN. Check back in at newyorkredbulls.com/worldcup for reaction following Wednesday’s tilt.

For more on Wednesday’s game, check out ESPN FC’s match preview here.