PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Tim Cahill's stunning volley in the 21st minute made it two goals in two games at the World Cup for Australia's talisman.
His yellow card just before half time for a cluttering tackle on a Dutch defender ensured it was also more than likely his last. Australia lost 3-2 to the Netherlands, which had opened its campaign with a 5-1 rout of defending champion Spain.
Cahill picked up a yellow in Australia's opening 3-1 loss to Chile, and the booking against Netherlands automatically ruled him out of the Socceroos' last group game against Spain. Both Spain and Australia already are out of contention.
The 34-year-old Cahill said he had no regrets about the way he played in his third trip to football's marquee tournament, adding: "I'm very proud this is my last World Cup — As a nation we have earned the respect of the world today."
He is expected to play in the Asian Cup on home soil next January, but 2018 is probably too far off for the New York Red Bulls star to prolong his international career.
Cahill, who played for Millwall and Everton in a long career in the English leagues, has long had the knack of scoring just when his teammates needed a goal.
He did it against Japan in 2006 in his first World Cup game, and he did it again last week against Chile, becoming part of a select group of international footballers to score in three consecutive World Cups.
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