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World Cup 2014

Van Gaal: I Expected Victory

Netherlands coach, Louis Van Gaal, has claimed he never doubted his team would beat Australia in their Group B clash on Wednesday night, despite falling behind.

With the teams drawn 2-2 early in the second half, Australia's Mathew Leckie missed a chance to put the Socceroos ahead in the 67th minute.

Memphis Depay immediately turned the tables down the other side of the pitch to score Netherlands' 3-2 winner.

"I'm not relieved, because I believe in the second half we played better than Australia," Van Gaal said afterwards.

"In the first half they played better, but in the second half we had five, six, seven chances.

"I expected us to win. When (Leckie) missed that chance, I said to Patrick Kluivert, 'We're going to win this match.'"

The Oranje now have maximum points in the group after also defeating Spain, 5-1, in their opening match of the tournament.

They top the group over Chile on goal difference and will face the South Americans on Monday, 24 June.

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