Cahill: It was pure instinct

BY JOHN DAVIDSON: Socceroo Tim Cahill has described his overhead strike against China as one of the best goals of his 18-year career.

Cahill provided both goals in Australia’s 2-0 quarter-final win - the first an amazing overhead effort to break the deadlock.


The Socceroos are now through to the Asian Cup semi-finals.

“I said straight away there was nothing else I could do,” Cahill told the media after the game.

“The thing is it’s all instinct. When I struck it I knew that it was good contact and I turned around and it hit the net and that was it. It was definitely something that if you don’t take your opportunities you’ll never know.

“Someone asked me before if I’d scored from a scissor kick before and I said yes, Chelsea away. That was pretty special for Everton. If you don’t have a shot at the title then you aren’t going to win.

“Nine times out of 10 I win. I always say I’m fearless when I go out on the pitch. When I play for my country I play for the shirt, it’s not about Tim Cahill. It’s been the drive, not only that the boss has believed in me but the team and the fans, and you reward good play.

“It’s definitely up there (the goal) because it’s a big tournament.”

Cahill complimented China who kept the Socceroos scoreless in the first half.

“You have to give credit to China,” the 35-year old said.

“They weren’t there because it was a fluke, they were there because they play good football and they were very physical. The way they’ve built their team, the players are big, they’re strong, they’re technical.

“We knew we had to wear them out moving the ball and we knew they’d tire. And when they tired I took my chances. I probably had four chances tonight and scored two. I’ve said time and time again I write my own scripts.

“If, given the opportunity with the faith the boss has in me, I’ll reward the players and the team. It’s such a special night for all of us.”

The New York Red Bulls forward said the Socceroos were confident going into the match with China. Cahill recorded his 40th and 41st goals for Australia in a 17-minute spell.

“I believed that we were going to win and that I was going to score,” he said.

“It’s not cockiness, you have to believe in yourself. Every goal I score for Australia, you see the way that I celebrate like it’s my last ever goal.”