Goal of 2014 World Cup Contender! Tim Cahill (Australia) vs Netherlands | inside World Soccer

Tim Cahill scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history as Australia bowed out of the 2014 World Cup with 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.


Arjen Robben opened the scoring for the heavily favored Dutch with a fantastic solo run and goal in the 20th minute.

Less than 60 seconds later, though, the Socceroos hit back with a goal of the highest quality that will live long in the memory.

Ryan McGowan pinged a superb cross-field pass towards Cahill and the New York Red Bulls star lashed an unstoppable left-foot volley that crashed past the helpless Jasper Cillessen.

Robin van Persie swiftly cancelled out Mile Jedinak's 54th-minute penalty before substitute Memphis Depay put the Dutch ahead on 68 minutes with his first international goal.

"It's a great moment," Cahill told reporters after the match. "The ball was sitting beautifully for me to either chest it or head it back.

"But if you want a shot at the title you've got to have a go at those. It just felt so right to hit it and I hit it sweetly.

"That's what it's all about - defining moments, another one in my career that I'm really proud of.

"Everyone dreams of playing on this stage and I want to leave a mark for all the kids back in Australia and around the world to be inspired by this today."


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