Socceroos legend Tim Cahill bids emotional farewell as Martin Boyle scores brace in Australia’s 3-Zero win in opposition to Lebanon


Sydney: Veteran Tim Cahill bid an emotional farewell on Tuesday on his 108th and remaining look for Australia as Scottish striker Martin Boyle scored twice for his newly-adopted nation.

Australia’s Tim Cahill speaks after his retirement from soccer following his group’s worldwide pleasant in opposition to Lebanon. AFP

Cahill, the Socceroos all-time high scorer with 50 targets, got here out of worldwide retirement to play the ultimate 9 minutes of Australia’s 3-Zero win in opposition to Lebanon of their final match earlier than defending the Asian Cup crown in January.

Coach Graham Arnold made sweeping adjustments from the line-up that drew 1-1 with South Korea on Saturday with Hibernian marksman Boyle, who lately secured an Australian passport, beginning up entrance.

He performed alongside South Sudanese refugee Awer Mabil and added a spark that the Socceroos have been lacking since Cahill introduced his retirement on the finish of the World Cup in Russia.

Boyle, who performed for the Scotland under-16s however certified for Australia because of his Sydney-born father, scored on his beginning debut within the 19th minute when his highly effective long-range strike took a deflection.

He made it 2-Zero on 41 minutes after toe-poking residence the rebound after Milos Degenek’s header hit the bar.

Substitute Matthew Leckie buried the third quickly after approaching within the second half, from a Boyle help.

With the consequence safe, it was all about Cahill as he got here on in a pre-arranged farewell in entrance of his residence followers in Sydney.

Extensively thought-about because the “Best Socceroo”, he could not add to his goal-scoring tally however was given an enormous ovation and handed the captain’s armband.

“It is the primary time I’ve cried on a soccer subject and I am happy with it,” he stated after the ultimate whistle, wiping away tears.

“Each time I’ve pulled on the inexperienced and gold, I’ve performed with my coronary heart. Thanks, Australia.

“To all my teammates and the employees I’ve labored with, I might be nothing with out you.”

The 38-year-old, whose profession was characterised by an indefatigable work charge and big dedication, final performed for the Socceroos when he got here off the bench for his or her remaining group sport in opposition to Peru on the World Cup.

His return to say goodbye was just like fellow worldwide retiree and former Everton star Wayne Rooney’s considerably controversial farewell final week.

Whereas Rooney performed greater than half an hour for his 120th and final England cap in a pleasant in opposition to the USA, Cahill was restricted to a bit half by Arnold, aware that it was Australia’s final tune-up earlier than the Asian Cup within the United Arab Emirates.

Born in Sydney to a Samoan mom, Cahill began his worldwide profession taking part in for the Western Samoa under-20s and solely turned a Socceroo in 2004 after an intense lobbying marketing campaign to world physique FIFA.

Two years later in Germany, he turned the primary Australian to web a purpose on the World Cup, happening to attain within the 2010 and 2014 tournaments as effectively.

Cahill spent 14 years in England with Millwall and Premier League outfit Everton, scoring greater than 100 targets, earlier than stints in the USA and China. He now plies his commerce within the Indian Premier League.

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