Tim Cahill smashed Damian Mori's long-standing scoring record for the Socceroos today - but he insisted he was more proud of the way the new-look squad played in the 4-3 loss to Ecuador.
Cahill scored twice in the first half to help give Australia a 3-0 lead at the break but squandered the advantage in the second half and lost 4-3 after keeper Mitch Langerak was sent off for a wild tackle in the box.
Despite the scoreline, Australia looked impressive in the first half with a well-drilled performance despite very limited preparation after wet weather wrecked Australia's planned training sessions.
Cahill's goals - both from headers - took his tally in green and gold to 31, edging out Mori's record 29 and earning the former Millwall and Everton hero a place in the history books.
"I feel fantastic in the fact that it is a great moment in my career and something you strive for as a kid to achieve great moments like this," Cahill, 34, admitted after the game. "I'm proud of my moment, but I'm more proud of these youngsters and what they're achieving.
"Overall I feel happy for the team. There is nothing to be ashamed of tonight. We played some amazing football. A few decisions went against us and it's unfortunate that Langerak got sent off but I feel we weren't scared to play, I feel that we wanted to attack.
"It's just nice to be pat of a set up that's fresh. You know what? It's a really exciting time for us, being Australian at the moment."
The New York Red Bulls striker added: "The way we played and the way the boss changed the team - and we only had one training session, yesterday - I'm really proud of the team.
"But what I'm most proud of is the way we applied ourselves and the intent of what we were going to do and how we were going to do. We weren't going to change our game for anyone.
"It's good times for Australian football."
Coach Ange Postecoglou also paid tribute to Cahill at full-time - and hailed his value to Australia.
"He was fantastic tonight," he said. "There couldn't be a more worthy person for that record because he's been an outstanding contributor to the national team.
"He did his job really well, he was really disciplined in his role, we asked him to do certain things defensively and when we got the ball, to get in the box.
"We probably could have got another one. I thought we were unlucky not to get another couple of penalties to be honest."
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