Five Years Ago Today, Tim Cahill Scored One Of The Best Goals In World Cup History
Tim Cahill stunned the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup when he produced an outstanding volley to equalise for Australia.
Arjen Robben might have opened the scoring in the 20th minute, but the former Everton star produced a moment of World Cup magic a minute later.
Ryan McGowan floated in a delightful ball to Cahill, who arrived in the box in time to smash home a thunderous volley past a helpless Jasper Cillessen.
Australia might have lost 3-2, but the 39-year-old made the moment even more complete when he ran down and boxed the corner flag for his celebration.
Tim Cahill. Spotting a long ball into the Netherlands' box. Shaping for a first-time volley. Catching it clean as you like. Rattling in off the bar. Five years ago today. Time flies, doesn't it?pic.twitter.com/ao3SKP77je
- MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) 18 June 2019
Five years ago today... @Tim_Cahill! pic.twitter.com/zwU5W8AHZW
- Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) 18 June 2019
And Cahill's outrageous volley even earned the highest of praises from Thierry Henry, who featured as a pundit for BBC during the World Cup coverage.
"In terms of beauty, the goal scored by Tim Cahill against the Dutch was the best so far," he said.
"But my kind of goal was the Chile team goal with all the interchange between the players."
The Arsenal legend wasn't alone in his praise and a number of sports stars, both past and present, showered Cahill with praise on social media.
What a goal by @Tim_Cahill there! Didn't half catch that one well lad
- Ross Barkley (@RBarkley8) 18 June 2014
Wow! Tim Cahill has scored an absolute stonker!
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 18 June 2014
Cahill's technique for the goal was exceptional. Never tried to smash it. Relaxed and let his technical skills guide the ball to the target.
- Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) 18 June 2014
Good game & great goal by my team mate @Tim_Cahill. Now for Spain v Chile. @GaryLineker, @rioferdy5, and Clarence Seedorf. Who's joining me?
- Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) 18 June 2014
.@Tim_Cahill You little ripper.... #boom What a goal !!!!!! :thumbsup:
- Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 18 June 2014
If there's a testament to Cahill's celebration, then look no further than Sam Kerr paying tribute to it after she scored against Italy in the Women's World Cup.
And the man himself loved every minute of it as he sent out a tweet to show his support for the women's team and his approval of the celebration.
Great start and loving the celebration. Let's see if we can build on this and add another. :green_heart::yellow_heart::soccer: pic.twitter.com/B8sYV6fxuQ
- TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) 9 June 2019
:flag_au: @samkerr1 with the @Tim_Cahill celebration :punch::triangular_flag_on_post: #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/YIeVTJ8J1p
- B/R Football (@brfootball) 9 June 2019
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