The veteran, Australia's all-time leading scorer, is now 36 and playing for
A-League club Melbourne City after ending a brief spell in the lucrative Chinese
But the former Millwall, Everton and New York Red Bulls favourite has
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international duty, meeting Brad Smith's cross to slot home from close range
with 15 minutes to go at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The victory, secured by Cahill's 48th goal in 92 appearances, sees Ange
Postecoglou's team retain a 100 per cent record from two matches played in the
third round of Asian Football Confederation qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in
Russia. Asian Cup holders Australia, who defeated UAE 2-0 in the semi-finals of
the regional competition en route to glory on home soil in January 2015, created
the first real opening of the game after 16 minutes.
Tomi Juric found Robbie Kruse inside the area, the forward shooting across
goal and seeing his attempt well saved by Khalid Essa.
A tense opening period produced few genuine chances, although Rogic, teed up
by a Juric lay-off, saw a deflected shot parried over the bar by Essa in
first-half stoppage time.
The visitors were perhaps fortunate to retain a full complement of players
when Rogic was only booked for a stamp on Omar Abdulrahman four minutes into the
second period.Just before the hour, a mistake from substitute Abdelaziz Husain
gifted a chance to Aaron Mooy, the midfielder firing his strike against the
Less than a minute later, UAE enjoyed a rare sight of goal on the
counterattack, Ahmed superfly
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being found in behind the Australia defence at the back post.
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post and firing into an unguarded net, with Essa left stranded.
Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and defender Ryan McGowan were both called upon to
preserve the lead in ACE 16.3
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UAE rally to join Saudi Arabia on six points at the top of Group B.