In the Socceroos’ 3-2 loss against the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, the Socceroos’ leading scorer, Tim Cahill, scored a goal that made Australian fans very proud.
In the 20th minute of the match, Dutch striker Arjen Robben slipped one past Socceroos’ goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.
Following a lively opening to the match, the goal could have easily drained the spirits of the Socceroos, who were clearly brimming with belief in the opening minutes.
Instead of letting the Dutch claim the early momentum, the Socceroos struck back immediately, Tim Cahill sending home the most stunning strike of the 2014 World Cup thus far.
Responding with such pace – Cahill’s goal falling in the 21st minute following Robben’s in the 20th – clearly rattled the Dutch.
For the rest of the first half, the star-studded Oranje were unable to control the game to the degree they would have expected pre-game.
Australia carried this unexpected momentum into the second half, during which they managed to sneak into the lead following a handball and subsequent penalty.
However, the class of the Dutch proved too much for the Socceroos when the match was in the balance.
So as the reality of another premature World Cup exit settles in the minds of Australians, we can find comfort in the knowledge that the Socceroos have left their mark in Brazil, and take immense pride in moments such as Cahill’s wonder-strike.
Will Cahill’s goal go down as the strike of the tournament? Only time will tell.
SBS commentator Craig Foster was confident that it was not just the goal of this World Cup, but of many to come before, stating: “That is the goal of this tournament, and many tournaments prior!”