18 Jun 2009

Cahill relives World Cup glory to down Japan

12:08 pm on 18 June 2009

The Socceroos star Tim Cahill relived his 2006 World Cup heroics with two second half goals against Japan to ensure Australia ended their qualifying campaign for the 2010 South Africa football world cup finals in triumph.

Australia, missing many first-choice players, won 2-1 in Melbourne to go through

eight games of their final phase of qualifying unbeaten and stay ahead of Japan at the top of their group.

Cahill scored the first two goals in Australia's World Cup history to spark a famous 3-1 comeback victory over Japan in Germany in 2006.

He scored a brilliant header in the 59th minute in Melbourne to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit, then scored the winner in the 76th.

Both sides had qualified already but the game still drew a crowd over 69,000 to the MCG.