List of Tim Cahill's international goals
October 28, 2021
Tim Cahill is an Australian professional footballer who played as a midfielder for the Australian national football team between 2004 and 2018. During his international career, he scored 50 international goals in 108 matches, making him the top scorer in the country's history. He played his last match for Australia in the 2018 World Cup against Peru, and announced his retirement at the end of the tournament. Cahill was famous for his trademark goal celebration, running into the corner of the field and throwing the corner flag. Cahill made his debut for Australia in a friendly match against South Africa in March 2004. He scored his team's first two goals in the victory over Tahiti in the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup. In The next match of the tournament, he scored his first international hat-trick against Fiji. His 12th international goal, and Australia's first in the AFC Asian Cup, was against Oman on July 8 in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. On November 19, 2013, he equalized the record of his colleague Damien Morey after he scored his 29th international goal against Costa Rica, and overtook it on March 5, 2014 with two goals in a match Friendly against Ecuador. During his 4-0 victory over Bangladesh on November 17, 2015 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, he scored the first three goals of the match, marking the last international hat-trick. Except for the two hat-tricks he scored, Cahill scored two goals in one international match on ten different occasions. During his international career, Cahill scored five more goals against Japan than against any other team. Two of those goals were in the 2006 World Cup, which was also the first goal scored by Australia in World Cup history. He also scored against Serbia in the 2010 World Cup, and against both Chile and the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup. His flying goal against the Netherlands was subsequently nominated for the 2014 Puskas Award for Best Goal of the Year, an award given to the player who scored the "best" goal of the year. On 10 October 2017 Cahill scored the two goals of the match in a 2-1 win over Syria during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The second was Cahill's 50th and final international goal of his international career, making him the 59th man to score 50 international goals. During his career, Cahill scored six goals in three Asian Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and six goals in one Oceania Cup of Nations (2004), and scored thirteen of Cahill's 50 international goals in friendlies, all against the nations of of the six continental confederations.