Tim Cahill, Australia advance to Asian Cup Final

IMAGE, FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA

Tim Cahill didn’t score — and didn’t have to.

Australia took an early 2-0 lead over the United Arab Emirates and never looked back, securing victory and clinching their spot in the Asian Cup Final where they face South Korea in Sydney.

Defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson put Australia up in the opening 14 minutes of the match.  Sainsbury opened the scoring with a header finish from a corner kick three minutes into the match.  Davidson put away the second goal of the evening after a frantic offensive display by the Socceroos.

Cahill played a small role in the match, coming off in the 67th minute for Tomi Juric.  He was double teamed on set piece situations, allowing his teammates space in front of the net.  In fact, Sainsbury’s header came as he was unmarked, with UAE defenders focused on the New York Red Bulls midfielder instead of the tall Australian defender.

Despite his lack of production over the past two matches, Cahill has been an integral part of the Socceroo’s program, notching three of Australia’s 12 goals this tournament. He is currently the subject of great transfer speculation as reports from the UAE have him connected to a move Al Wahda of the Pro-League.

The Asian Cup Final takes place at the Stadium Australia on January 31st.