World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014

Tim Cahill urges teammates to make history against dethroned champions

Both sides are already out but under contrasting circumstances

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 June, 2014, 10:51pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 June, 2014, 10:51pm

Despite Australia already having been eliminated from the World Cup, the Socceroos' all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill believes Australian football can take a huge step forward with victory over dethroned world champions Spain today.

Both sides' hopes of progression to the last 16 have been ended by successive defeats to Chile and the Netherlands, but whilst Spain have endured a nightmare defence of their title in Brazil, Australia have taken huge heart from their performances.

Ange Postecoglou's men led the Dutch in the second half in their last outing thanks to a wonder strike from Cahill and Mile Jedinak's penalty before eventually losing 3-2.

We've got one more game to go and it is not about Tim Cahill. If we beat Spain that will be one of the biggest moments in Australian history
Tim Cahill

Cahill will miss the match in Curitiba having picked up his second yellow card of the tournament in that match, but backed his teammates to make history.

"We've got one more game to go and it is not about Tim Cahill," said the New York Red Bulls forward. "If we beat Spain that will be one of the biggest moments in Australian history."

The post-mortem into Spain's exit after winning three consecutive major tournaments has already begun, with doubts over whether coach Vicente del Bosque will remain in charge.

The former Real Madrid boss has insisted he will take no decision until he is back in Spain, but he is expected to make a raft of changes to the side that failed to match Chile in the South Americans' 2-0 win.

Captain Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso may all have played their final game for La Roja as they are likely to miss out with Pepe Reina, Koke and Santi Cazorla expected to be given their chance to shine.

Defender Raul Albiol said: "We are representing our country and these are the last 90 minutes. We will be going home afterwards, but the fact it is a World Cup is enough to motivate us."




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