Tim Cahill scored a stunning overhead kick in Australia’s 2-0 Asian Cup quarter-final win over China. The talismanic midfielder inspired the Socceroos after a cagey first half to take the host nation through to the semi final of the Asian Cup.
Taking a cheeky glance over his shoulder to check the keeper’s position Timmy Cahill took an acrobatic effort that he had no right to. After a corner was initially cleared the ball was lofted back into the area and the 35-year-old took advantage of all the space afforded to him. With plenty of imagination and arrogance Cahill has breathed new life into the tournament and rightfully earned a standing ovation from the 46.067-strong Brisbane crowd.
Although helped by really poor Chinese defending - one defender was grounded after an aerial duel, while another pulled out of a challenge - the ex-Everton player still had plenty to do, converting from a tight angle passed a goalkeeper flat on his heels.
Tim Cahill, who is Australia’s leading scorer with a tally of 39 goals in 80 appearances ahead of greats like Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell, has made a habit of scoring stunning goals for his country.
This latest one adds to a fine list of goals which includes the Puskas award nominee scored against Netherlands in last years World Cup, and will be remembered as one of the best goals of the Asian Cup for some time to come.
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In typical fashion Cahill headed home a second sixteen minutes later to bag a brace and secure Australia’s place in next weeks Semi-Finals, where they will face Japan or the United Arab Emirates.