2015 AFC Asian Cup: Cahill leads Australia past China, South Korea defeats Uzbekistan
Santino Honasan on Jan 22, 2015 11:22 PM
(Photo Courtesy of www.afcasiancup.com) Tim Cahill scored a brace to send host-nation Australia into the Asian Cup Semis
Aussie midfielder Tim Cahill played the hero in front of a home country crowd in Brisbane as he powered host-nation Australia into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals last Thursday with a 2-0 win over China.
After a scoreless first half, the 35-year old Cahill gave the Socceroos a bit of breathing room as he connected on an overhead kick inside the penalty box to give Australia the lead in the 49th minute. After two more close attempts from the gold-shirts, Cahill caught a well-placed cross from Jason Davidson and headed it into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead in the 65th minute, securing the Australia win.
The Cahill brace marks his 38th and 39th international goals, and his third in the 2015 Asian Cup tournament. The Socceroos secure a second straight trip to the semifinals and now await the winner of the quarterfinals match between defending champions Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
In other quarterfinals action last Thursday, South Korea extended their winning streak to four straight after defeating Uzbekistan, 2-0 to advance in to the semis.
90 minutes of regulation was not enough to decide a winner, calling for the match to go into added extra time. Winger Son Heung-min took over in the extension, putting the Taegeuk Warriors up in the 104th minute, and then closing the door on the Uzbek squad in the 119th minute to seal the win.
South Korea advances into the semis for the third straight time, and now await the winner of the quarterfinals matchup between Iran and Iraq.
The 2015 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals begin on Monday, January 26.
Catch the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals match between Japan and the United Arab Emirates this Friday, January 23, 10:30 pm on ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel 23!