Socceroos Beat Lebanon 3-0 But Tim Cahill's Ending Did Not Go To Plan
In the end, it wasn't quite the footballing finish Tim Cahill wanted.
Australia beat Lebanon 3-0, but when Cahill came on in the 81st minute, he couldn't quite capitalise on the best chance that came his way, while on one or two other occasions, the delivery from teammates was inadequate.
There was a header that went begging when Cahill lurked menacingly in the box as he'd done so many times before. But the Lebanese defender just got enough of a touch to deny him a clear chance at goal.
Then with a couple of minutes to go, Socceroos left back Aziz Behich -- who to be fair, had been one of his country's best all night -- had the chance to cross to Cahill, who again, lurked in that dangerous spot he's commanded over the years.
The cross was junk and sailed harmlessly out of reach. Cahill raised his arms as though to say "What the hell was that, mate?"
Competitive to the last. Nothing at stake, the game won, but competitive as hell. It was a little glimpse into why Tim Cahill had been so successful for so long.
And after the game, we had a little glimpse into why Tim Cahill has been so enduringly popular beyond his deeds on the field.
Cahill said some beautiful things in post-match interviews and the vibe was pitch perfect,
"It’s the first time I’ve cried on the football pitch and I’m proud of it," Cahill said, of the moments before he went on.
"I didn’t really want to cry inside because I’m so proud and happy, but this shirt means everything to me. It’s a bit surreal I still can't believe I’m fully retired as a Socceroo.
"I just want to thank everyone."
Australia scored twice in the first half, thanks to Scotsman-turned Socceroo Martin Boyle, who literally only set foot in the country for the first time last week but who is eligible for national duty thanks to his Sydney-born dad.
Matthew Leckie added a third in the second half.
Read our blog below to see how the night panned out.