Tim Cahill explains photograph of him touching the goal after final World Cup appearance
IT was a poignant moment caught on camera and Tim Cahill has revealed it was more than simply an acknowledgment of his last ever World Cup appearance.
Following the Socceroos’ 2-0 defeat to Peru that ensured an early exit from the tournament, Cahill was photographed touching the goalpost.
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He had come off the bench just after half time to make his first appearance at Russia 2018 and he had a couple of opportunities to get on the scoresheet.
“Before the Peru game I had a feeling that was the goal I was going to score in,” Cahill said.
“I don’t know why — it’s just something I’ve always done in World Cups and it’s worked a few times.
“During the game I had that volley that got blocked on the line, I had a near post header I just missed, and I had that cross from Aziz Behich that didn’t make it to me.
“I knew my premonition was right, so after the game I went to the post, tapped it and said it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe one day we’ll meet up again.
“That’s the reason I touched the goal. I knew it was my last World Cup, but I didn’t know then it was my last game for Australia.”
Visualising scoring is something Cahill says he has done before every World Cup match, but he had to explain himself to Socceroos teammate Tomi Juric.
“Before the France game I stood in front of one of the goals just looking at the grass and touching the posts,” Cahill said.
“I did exactly the same thing before the Denmark in front of the goal I thought was going to score at. I touched both the posts and Tomi Juric saw me and asked what I was doing.
“I said, ‘just come look at the floor, at the grass — this goal area is lumpy. If you get a chance hit it first time, don’t try and control it because I don’t think it will be right to try and bring the ball down.’
“That’s just what I’ve always done.
‘I have certain things I visualise the night before a game — how I’m going to score, what I’m going to do.
“It’s just an awesome experience to play at a World Cup and feel close to scoring again.”