Cahill vows more goals as Caltex Socceroos march on to November WC playoff

Caltex Socceroos match-winner Tim Cahill says he knew he would score the goal that has kept Australia’s FIFA 2018 World Cup dream alive.

Cahill scored both of Australia’s goals in the nail-biting 2-1 extra-time win over Syria in Sydney on Tuesday night, with the crucial winner coming after 110 minutes.

His incredible brace has taken his international tally to 50 goals and means Australia move into the final round of qualifying next month.

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“This is what football is about. You have to write your own script,” a delighted Cahill told Fox Sports.

“I knew I was going to score. It’s not something your over confident about but you put yourself in the right position, it’s like waiting for a bus.

“I didn’t touch the ball much but I did my job, I kept the defenders back, made rooms for our 10s and in the end delivered.

“That’s what I have done my whole life and I’ll continue to do it.”

Syria caused an early scare when Omar Al Soma scored inside six minutes before Cahill drew the home side level seven minutes later.

Despite a creating a host of opportunities and dominating the rest of the match, Australia couldn’t breah Syria’s defence until Cahill popped up in the second half of extra-time to nod home Robbie Kruse’s cross.

“We knew we would tire them out and wait for our chances and in the end we got the goals,” Cahill said.

“It’s great to get the result not only for the players but for the manager as well. We’ve been working hard.

“We’re doing it the hard way but its feeling pretty good at the moment.”

The Caltex Socceroos next face a final continental playoff in November against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF, likely to be either Panama or Honduras but it also could be USA.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, now we have to take the next level as a group and to believe in ourselves,” Cahill said.

“This four year journey has been amazing. It’s all down to the boss’ belief.

“We won’t take a step backwards.”

 

Source  :  Football Federation  Australia Website

Tim Cahill scores twice as Caltex Socceroos defeat Syria after extra time epic!

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The Caltex Socceroos’ World Cup qualification quest continues after they defeated a brave Syria 2-1 in extra time of their second leg Asian Qualifier Playoff on Tuesday night in Sydney. 

After drawing their first leg match in Malaysia 1-1 Australia ensured they’d progress 3-2 on aggregate and now must wait and see who they face in their final qualification hurdle in November, when they’ll face the fourth-placed nation from the CONCACAF region in an inter-continental playoff.

STORY OF THE GAME

Australia began with Aaron Mooy on the bench, Tom Rogic in behind Tim Cahill who played in the centre forward role.

Syria stunned the Aussies with a classic counter attack goal in the opening five minutes before Australia hit back within minutes.

Mooy came on for the injured Brad Smith inside the first 10 minutes

The sides went to the break 1-1.

Syria brought on the mesmeric playmaker  Firas Mohamad Al Khatib on the hour mark, and he immediately had an impact but it was the Aussies who finished strongest in the final 20 minutes as Syria visibly fatigued.

Tom Rogic had three good chances for Australia but the Celtic star couldn’t quite find his range.

The tired visitors held on to push the game into extra time after regulation time ended 1-1.

Sub Nikita Rukavytsya had a golden chance to win the game in extra time first half but his close range effort was denied by keeper  Ibrahim Almeh.

Syria went down to 10 men after Mahmoud Al Maowas was red-carded as Syria tried to slow proceedings in an effort to hold out till the lottery of the shootout.

But with 10 minutes to go in extra time, Cahill scored his second to head home in trademark fashion.

But Syria could’ve gone through had Al Soma’s power free kick hit the base of the post two mins from time.

GOALS

Omar Al Soma, Syria 5’: 0-1

Syria made Australia pay for a cheap turnover in the centre of the park, driving forward drawing Sainsbury to the ball before releasing Al Soma and he stuck the ball high and past Ryan. Cue mayhem from the Syrian fans.

Tim Cahill, Australia 12’: 1-1

Leckie broke free down the Syrian left and his superb early cross found the head of Cahill in between the two central defenders and he did what he does. Score with his head.

Tim Cahill, Australia 109’: 2-1

Mooy with the clever ball to release Kruse down the right and his perfect cross found a leaping Cahill to power home for goal number 50 for Australia.

Tim Cahill

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos fans pick their 23-man squad for Japan and Thailand

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou will pick his 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

With these fixtures to decide Australia’s fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we asked fans who they thought should be chosen in the Socceroos’ final squad.

And the votes are in! Here’s the 23-man Socceroos squad as chosen by the fans.

GOALKEEPERS

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak and Danny Vukovic.

*Ryan was clearly the most popular choice with almost 38% of the vote with Langerak and Vukovic the next two most preferred between the sticks.

Mat Ryan pulled off some big saves in Brighton's clash with Manchester City.

DEFENDERS

Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman.

*Sainsbury was clearly first choice in the heart of the Socceroos defence ahead of the dependable Bailey Wright and the returning Matthew Spiranovic. Milos Degenek earned a call-up as did former Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury clears the danger in the opening group game against Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

 

Central midfielders – Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Mustafa Amini.

Wing-backs – Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach.

*Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy was the popular choice amongst the fans just ahead of teammates Mat Leckie and Mark Milligan.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.

ATTACKERS

Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

*Celtic ace Tom Rogic was the overwhelming choice of the Socceroos faithful ahead of the improving Tomi Juric and all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill.

Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD (as chosen by fans)

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Mustafa Amini, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Arsenal star’s compliment to Aussie trailblazers

Arsenal's star goalkeeper Petr Cech and Socceroo legend Tim Cahill during his days with Everton.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has paid tribute to a trio of Caltex Socceroo greats for setting the path for Australian players to forge careers in Europe.

Ahead of his trip to Australia next week as part of Arsenal’s tour Down Under, Cech spoke to the Gunners website about the impact of Aussies in the EPL.

AUSSIE TRAILBLAZERS IN THE EPL

“We played against Tim Cahill when he was at Everton and I think it’s an interesting one because you are miles away [from home],” Cech told Arsenal Player.

Tim Cahill and David Moyes in their Everton days.

“Australia is very far and Mark Schwarzer was going 20 years to play with the national team so you can imagine you go all the way, just before the game you played in the Premier League.  It’s not easy but I think it just shows how committed they were to the national team, going back and forth.

“Once they have success it obviously opens the door for everybody and I thought Mark, having played so many games at Middlesbrough and then Fulham, left a huge mark on the Premier League.

Mark Schwarzer in goals for during during last season's UEFA Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

“Then with [Mile] Jedinak, Cahill, when you have players like this coming in and doing really well it obviously opens gates and opens the doors for the other players as well.

“If they qualify for big tournaments and then the players do well, they can end up in the Premier League or Bundesliga or the European top leagues.”

Mile Jedinak helped Aston Villa to a narrow win in the Championship overnight.

ARSENAL IN AUSTRALIA

The Gunners will touch down in Australia on Monday and spend a more than a week in Sydney as part of their preparations for the new English Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s side will play two friendlies against Hyundai A-League clubs, starting with a clash against champions Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Thursday, July 13.

 

They’ll then take on Western Sydney Wanderers at the same venue two days later.

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League’s impact on Confederations Cup – Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill (Melbourne City) – The Caltex Socceroos legend brought up 100 games in the Green and Gold as he appeared in all three of Australia’s Confederations Cup games. Started and played a huge role in the Socceroos’ impressive 1-1 draw with Chile in the final group game.

Source :  Football Federation Australia