Tim Cahill made Australian football history by scoring the nation's first goal in a FIFA World Cup finals to launch a dramatic late comeback, in which the Socceroos beat Japan, 3-1. As early as the sixth-minute, captain Mark Viduka had his chances to score but was denied twice by Japan's goalkeeper, Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.

 

Japan took the lead on 26 minutes with a controversial goal by Shunsuke Nakamura. The dynamic midfielder chipped in a cross with his left-foot that looked to be a simple task for Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to deal with, but the ball sailed over his head as he collided with Naohiro Takahara. Schwarzer's claim that he was fouled by Takahara was waved away by the referee.

 

Earlier, Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink had pulled two big surprises, deciding to start the match with crowd-favourite Harry Kewell and a relative unknown, Luke Wilkshire. The temperature rose to 38°C on the pitch, conditions which inspired Japan's stop-start tactics. Hiddink made his first substitution in the second-half, with Tim Cahill replacing Mark Bresciano on 53 minutes.

 

Forwards Joshua Kennedy and John Aloisi followed on 61 and 75 minutes respectively. In a goalmouth scramble, after a long Lucas Neill throw-in, Cahill slipped the ball past Kawaguchi to put Australia level. It had only taken 84 minutes, but the Socceroos were on the score sheet. The drama had only just begun.

 

Four minutes later, Cahill gathered the ball 20-yards out, checked back and unleashed a powerful drive, which hit one post and bounced into the net off the other upright. Everyone in green and gold was spellbound. It was left to Aloisi to take apart an exhausted defence, and with his favoured left-foot, fire home the third goal in added-time. The Socceroos had sent a message to the world.

 

This design includes the starting line-up and substitutes used in the match, coach Guus Hiddink's tactical formation, and features the official typeface printed on the Socceroos' jerseys.

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