Tim Cahill’s wonderful goal in Australia 2-3 Netherlands

Over the years the FIFA World Cup has seen some incredible goals scored. The 2014 World Cup saw Australian legend Tim Cahill put his name in the history books for his incredible strike against the Netherlands.

Group B provided one of the biggest shocks of the 2014 World Cup. Matchday one saw a clash between 2010 finalists Spain and the Netherlands, where Louis Van Gaal’s side got revenge on the defending champions by crushing them 5-1 at the Arena Fonte Nova.

Group B also scored several goals from tournament contenders, such as Robin Van Persie’s header against Spain and Cahill’s thunderbolt against the Netherlands.

Australia 2-3 Netherlands

Australia and the Netherlands faced off on Matchday 2 of Group B at the Estadio Beira-Rio in what turned out to be a five-goal thriller.

The Netherlands took an unsurprising lead in the 20th minute after Arjen Robben carried the ball past the Australian defense and midfield before slotting it into the bottom right corner.

However, Australia immediately responded in incredible fashion when Cahill grabbed the headlines after an incredible effort that beat Jasper Cilessen into the Netherlands net.

Australia striker Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring during a Group B soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP via Getty Images)

Tim Cahill’s love at first sight

The goal came after a sublime floating cross from Ryan McGowan on the right wing towards the Dutch penalty area. The Everton icon unleashed a vicious volley that flew over Cilessen, ricocheting off the crossbar and into the back of the net.

Australia striker Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring during a Group B soccer match between Australia and the Netherlands at Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18 2014. AFP PHOTO/ DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images)

Cahill’s goal saw a new confidence creep into the Australian side, and in the 54th minute they took the lead for the first time in the match as a handball from Daryl Janmaat saw Mike Jedinak convert the kick of foot.

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However, Australia’s lead did not last long as Van Persie leveled the game three minutes later with a left-footed shot that flew past Australia goalkeeper Matthew Ryan.

The Netherlands would win the game 3-2 after a goal from Memphis Depay.

What happened next ?

Van Gaal’s side topped Group B with maximum points and ended up finishing third in the competition, while Australia were knocked out of the competition in the group stages.

However, Cahill’s goal will always be an incredible moment in Australian rules football history, as well as World Cup history.

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