He’s been called the country’s saviour and Tim Cahill has delivered once again after scoring twice to secure the Socceroos’ progression to the cross-continental play-off.
After going behind in the sixth minute, Cahill restored parity seven minutes later after a pinpoint cross from Matt Leckie saw the Socceroos all-time goal scorer run on to the effort to nod the equaliser.
An encapsulating tussle ensued, seeing the Aussies pushed all the way during extra time but it was Cahill once again who was called upon to save his nation, scoring his second headed goal for the night to put the tie beyond Syria’s reach.
Emotional after the contest, Cahill also notched his 50th goal for his country and said he had a feeling that Tuesday night was going to be his night.
“This is what football is about. You have to write your own script,” Cahill said.
“I knew I was going to score. It’s not something your over confident about but you put yourself in the right position, it’s like waiting for a bus.
“I didn’t touch the ball much but I did my job, I kept the defenders back, made rooms for our 10s and in the end delivered.
“That’s what I have done my whole life and I’ll continue to do it.”
With Central America opponents up next for the Socceroos, Cahill is confident he can fulfil his dream of playing at his fourth World Cup.
“It doesn’t matter who we play, now we have to take the next level as a group and to believe in ourselves,” Cahill said.
“This four year journey has been amazing. It’s all down to the boss’ belief.
“We won’t take a step backwards.”
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