On top: Australian defender Jason Davidson shaded Dutch superstar Arjen Robben.

On top: Australian defender Jason Davidson shaded Dutch superstar Arjen Robben. Photo: AFP

As the dust settles on what has been widely acclaimed as the best match of this year's World Cup, Dutch-based pair Tommy Oar and Jason Davidson are still wondering how the Socceroos let a famous victory slip through their grasp.

Australia looked on track for a miracle in Porto Alegre when they led 2-1 soon after half-time but strikes from Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay sealed a dramatic victory for the Netherlands.

Although roundly praised in the aftermath for their role in the entertainment, Australia’s players were left feeling as though it was a golden opportunity missed to keep their qualification chances alive.

“It was a great game by the boys but unfortunately in football it’s about results and we let it slip again,” Davidson said. “The boys are upset and disappointed, including myself. I think we performed well but we still didn’t get the win.

“I’m disappointed because I thought we had it in the bag. We played really well but couldn’t finish it off.”

Oar was most disheartened at how the side failed to convert the chances that piled up as the match wore on.

“I think everyone is disappointed because we know if we took our chances, it would have been a different game. We would have been celebrating a win,” he said. “We deserved more out of the game.”

But with the bulk of the squad in the early stages of their international careers, Davidson believes there’s plenty to look forward to in the years ahead.

“It’s great to be part of a team that has a bright future and a few of the young guys stepped up to the plate at the World Cup,” he said. “You’re playing against some world class players and I think we’re growing as a team in every game.

“It’s not easy, this is a world class stage and the best of the best are here. We got punished, but we moved forward because that’s football. We’ve got another game in the tournament and we’ve got to make sure and try to get a result there.”

Davidson’s duel with brilliant winger Arjen Robben was one of the match’s highlights, one the youngster reckons he shaded.

“As a footballer, you want to play against the best and test yourself against the best and Robben is one of the best players in that position,” he said. “Before the game, I just wanted to make sure defensively I was solid, that I won my one-on-one battle and I think I did that.”

Oar had a fine battle with Dutch wing-back Daryl Janmaat and occasionally snuck behind the Feyenoord defender before eventually being substituted in the second half.

However, before he went off, Oar had a dream opportunity to make the score 3-3 as he raced clear on goal from an acute angle. Yet he surprised all in the stadium by passing rather than shooting, leaving Mathew Leckie to chest the ball into the goalkeeper’s relieved arms.

“I think I made the right decision. He had a free [moment] and an open goal,” Oar said. “Maybe it was a result of my ball being too hard. To be honest, I’ll have to look at it again, but I think there was a number of opportunities like that during the game. At this level, if you don’t take them, you’re going to be on the end of a bad result.”

While the Socceroos were ripped apart by Chile in the opening 15 minutes in Cuiaba, Oar said they had a vastly different mentality going into their second match.

“We had no nerves going into this game because I think we got rid of them all in the first game,” he said. “We knew if we put them under pressure they would make mistakes and that’s the way it turned out. I think it was unlucky that we didn’t go on with it after we took the lead.”