New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill’s World Cup career is almost certainly over, but he went out in style.
Cahill, the 34 year old native of Sydney, Australia, made his eighth career appearance in the World Cup today for Australia and netted his fifth career World Cup goal.
And what a goal it was. (Unfortunately, at the time I’m posting there is no accompanying video I can embed here, but I fully recommend leaving this post and having a look at it).
In the 21st minute, just moments after the Netherlands opened the scoring in both teams second match in Group B play Cahill unleashed a a left footed volley that is the goal of the tournament so far. Cahill charged down the left side of the Aussie attack and, with a defender to his right, managed to put his laces through a cross field pass and deliver a perfect strike off the Dutch crossbar and in to bring the game level.
The Aussies have one more match to go in Group play against the defending World Cup champions, Spain, but Cahill will not be eligible for that match. He received a yellow card in the 43rd minute after committing a hard tackle.
This was his second yellow of the group stage, which garners an automatic one game ban. With Australia losing both of their first two matches they have been eliminated from contention for the knockout stage, so Cahill will not appear again this World Cup, and at 34, it is highly unlikely that he will be considered for the World Cup in 2018 if the Aussies were to qualify.