Hyundai Fan Park erupts as Cahill sinks wonder goal

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Tim Cahill's stunning goal against the Netherlands drew cheering and craziness, but not only in Porto Alegre.

Rather, that was the reaction of close to 4,000 fans packed into the Hyundai Fan Park at The Star in Sydney.

Cahill's spectacular volley to draw the Socceroos level before they suffered a 3-2 loss to the Netherlands on Thursday morning led to an explosion of noise.

Luke Zammit and best friends Liam, Mitchell and Oliver enjoyed the goal from the VIP seats won by the former.

"The whole place was shaking," the 18-year-old from Victoria said.

"Everyone got up, there was beer flying everywhere, people were shouting, it was just crazy.

"I couldn't really believe it when it first went in because it was such a good goal."

Zammit won the Hyundai Fan Park competition, earning flights to Sydney and transfers, two nights at The Star and VIP seats at the event hosted by Robbie Slater.

Close to 6,000 fans crammed into the whole complex.

And the emotions were a rollercoaster, particularly for those watching on the huge hi-res screen in the Fan Park.

There were tame boos for the Netherlands' attacking trio of Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.

It had been that three, of course, who had helped demolish Spain 5-1 just the game prior.

Pockets of Dutch fans celebrated Robben's opener, but those noises were merely whispers compared to the party for Cahill's equaliser.

If coach Ange Postecoglou wanted Australians to be excited, his wish has certainly been granted as even the Socceroos' best pressing efforts were applauded.

That applause was minor compared to pleas for Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi to award a penalty for a Daryl Janmaat handball.

Haimoudi obliged, as did Mile Jedinak from the penalty spot.

Goals from van Persie and the impressive Memphis Depay silenced the Sydney crowd for the final 20 minutes.

It was largely nervous tension combined with disappointment, knowing the Socceroos had come so close and deserved more.

Moments of excitement followed when Postecoglou's men tried to hit on the counter-attack, but without success.

"Australia should've got a point out of it, to be honest, they really deserved it," Zammit said.

"They showed a lot of fight … I was very impressed by how they played."

As for the experience, Zammit said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"It was an amazing experience,” he added. “It'll never happen again.”

Even outside the Fan Park, green and gold was a major part of a huge crowd, who were all happy to be part of the atmosphere for a 2am kick-off on a Thursday.

Inside, the crowd dispersed quickly after the final whistle and as the clock neared 4am.

Left posing for photos was a group of Chile fans, awaiting the start of their clash against Spain at 5am (AEST).

Most would ideally be in Brazil, but being with a huge number of other fans may be the next best thing.

And they celebrated Cahill's special goal in such a style.