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Netherlands downs Australia, earns ticket to World Cup round of 16
Netherlands downs Australia, earns ticket to World Cup round of 16

The Netherlands have become appointment viewing for soccer devotees who crave scoring at a rat-a-tat pace. The Dutch outgunned Australia, 3-2, giving them a whopping eight goals in two World Cup games. Some major league baseball teams would envy such output. The result brings certainty to the immediate Cup future of both sides. The Netherlands is the first team assured of promotion to the round of 16, while the Aussies will return to Down Under after their remaining group play match. The game could serve as a tutorial on the cruelty of some soccer rules. Forwards Robin van Persie (Netherlands) and Tim Cahill (Australia) were slapped with their second yellow cards of the tournament,...