Tim Cahill bid farewell on his 108th and final appearance for Australia as Martin Boyle scored twice in 3-0 win against Lebanon at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The 38-year-old former Everton midfielder was emotional on the pitch as he received warm farewell from fans and colleagues.
Cahill, the all-time top scorer for Australia with 50 goals, was introduced in the 82nd minute, replacing Aaron Mooy. Although the veteran couldn’t score his 51st goal, the green and gold squad braced their emerging hero Boyle who stole the hearts of the night.
Boyle, the former Scottish professional who joined Australia just a few weeks ago, scored his first ever goal for the Socceroos in 19 minutes, dribbling the ball straight into the net. The right winger notched his second goal in the 41 minutes after Milos Degenek’s header from Aaron Mooy corner ricocheted off the crossbar.
Substitute Mathew Leckie scored the third of the match in 68 minutes with a power shot to beat the Lebanese goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil from a cross from Boyle.
Cahill, who is currently with Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League, hugged everyone, including a pitch invader as he made a tearful goodbye.