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Commentators have dubbed it one of the best goals in World Cup history.
#AUS 1-1 #NED. So this game has burst to life, eh? A great goal by Robben, an all-time great goal by Cahill. Listen > 佛山桑拿网,佛山桑拿网,/5Y4Yhwwkr8
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) June 18, 2014
Quite simply the best thing I’ve ever seen live in sport. End the debate. The best Socceroo ever. #Cahill
— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) June 18, 2014
Wow! Tim Cahill has scored an absolute stonker!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 18, 2014
Immense performance by the Aussies today. And that @Tim_Cahill goal is sure to go down in World Cup folklore #AUSvsNED #WorldCup2014
— Adhir Kalyan (@adhirkalyan) June 18, 2014
When Tim Cahill scored a blinding volley for Australia against Netherlands in the second Group B match for the Socceroos, the world went into meltdown. It was a fine strike, and here is how Robbie Savage called it for the BBC:
— AS English (@English_AS) June 18, 2014
I’m calling it – best World Cup goal of all time. @Tim_Cahill #AUSvNED
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 18, 2014
Tim Cahill has now scored more World Cup goals (5) than Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined (4).
— Uber Football Fact (@UberFootFact) June 18, 2014
SBS football commentator David Basheer says the thumping volley has raised Cahill’s stature in the sport.
Is there a better Aust performer in any sport than @Tim_Cahill right now I think not #sbsworldcup #GoSocceroos pic.twitter佛山桑拿网,/QusyEmexWJ
— David Basheer (@Bash_TWG) June 18, 2014
Australia’s World Cup hopes are all but over after going down to the Netherlands 3-2 in Porto Alegre in what will be remembered as one of their gutsiest ever performances.
Tim Cahill equalised with arguably his best goal for Australia late in the first half after Arjen Robben had put the Dutch in front not long earlier. This tweet has now been retweeted more than 4000 times.
What dreams are made of 佛山桑拿,佛山桑拿网,/VgJS9nUZGg @FIFAWorldCup #CahillBrazil
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) June 18, 2014
Incredibly, Australia took the lead through a second-half penalty from skipper Mile Jedinak before van Persie levelled with a Memphis Depay missile securing victory and Holland’s passage to the next round.
[PIC] Here’s some of the #SBSWorldCup production team as Jedinak scored his pen #AUSNED #GoSocceroos pic.twitter佛山桑拿网,/lDsU8qczKy
— SBS – The World Game (@TheWorldGame) June 18, 2014
After the match Tim Cahill said he was proud of his contribution.
“It’s great moment. A crosser form the right. And the ball was sitting beautifully. I high-chested or headed back. But if you want a shot at the top you’ve got to have a go at those. And it just felt so right to hit it. And I hit it sweetly. That’s what it’s all about, defining moments. And another one in my career that I’m really proud of.”
The world’s media reacts
Here’s how Tim Cahill’s goal in the Australia vs Netherlands World Cup match was reported on television stations across Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus and the Netherlands today.