Tim Cahill scored arguably one of the greatest goals ever scored by an Australian, evening the match almost a minute after Arjen Robben scored for the Netherlands in the first half.
Then it was over to Mile Jedinak who put the Aussies in front with a triumphant penalty, making the score 2-1 – Socceroos way.
A Tim Cahill wonder goal – arguably the greatest goal ever scored by an Australian – levelled the match barely a minute after Arjen Robben put the Netherlands in front in the first half.
But the Netherlands’ Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay’s finally secured a 3-2 win for the Dutch, in an agonising result for an excellent Socceroos side, seeing the Aussies eliminating from the World Cup after losing to Chile, who went on to beat Spain 2-0.
The Socceroos had a fight on their hands from the onset, the formidable Dutch side having previously smashed Spain 5-1.
Regardless of the match outcome, the Socceroos have put themselves on the map, impressing the world as they fought past their status as the tournament’s lowest-ranked team.
Tim Cahill’s “wonder goal” has placed him as a lead contender for goal of the tournament, despite now being suspended from the Socceroos next match against Spain after picking up a yellow card in the first half, his second of the tournament, making it his last World Cup match ever. Cahill told reporters he has no regrets, and that he plays for “today, not tomorrow.”
Regardless, the extraordinary volley goal has placed the Socceroos on the world stage, with social media erupting shortly after the ball bounced in off the crossbar/
Go The Socceroos!