Socceroo veteran Mark Bresciano kept the mood light at training today - but insisted: "We are here to make history."
Australia face a mountain to climb in their final two matches of Group B, with clashes against 2010 finalists Netherlands and reigning world champions Spain.
But the Socceroos are undaunted by the size of the task ahead of them.
"We are going to play two of the best teams in the world and this is a good opportunity to make a statement," said Bresciano, who was relaxed and joking with the press.
"Of course we are confident. Without confidence, it's pointless going on the park. We do believe we have a chance to do something. We are trying to prepare ourselves the best way we can."
He said the squad - who were back in full training for the first time today after two rest days following the Chile match - were aware it was all or nothing against the Netherlands.
"This is our last chance to survive, stay in and get through the group," he said. "We all know how important this next game is for us."
Lessons have been learnt from the Chile match, he said with a focus on being more lethal in their finish and tightening up defence - but said essentially not much will change in their approach.
"We're not sure what formation we will come up against Holland," he said. "Hopefully they will not be in their best for on the day and we can take advantage of that and stay solid as a team.
"Having someone like Tim Cahill up front is very important for the team. If we can give him good service, he can do damage.
"The Chile game was the first World Cup experience for many players and we did lose that match in the first 20 minutes. I think this time round, we will be focused from the first minute."
He added: "The confidence is building. With every training match, with the things we learned in the Chile match, the team is more confident and we're ready for the next game.
"It is a team in transition, there a lot of new players- but in saying that, it's been positive, just the ways they've been conducting themselves and the way they've been playing.
"Things are looking good and things are looking good for the future."