No goals in this one for the New York Red Bulls' want-away Australian, but Tim Cahill contributed to his Socceroos' Asian Cup semifinal win over United Arab Emirates by being a characteristic nuisance in the penalty area.
Australia got off to a hot start with a goal from center back Trent Sainsbury in the third minute. He took advantage of space in the box created by UAE's decision to double-team Cahill in defending an early corner, and bounced an emphatic header into the net.
The Socceroos' second also owed something to Cahill, who managed to create panic in the six-yard box by flubbing an attempted volley, and dragging his marker down. With bodies on the deck and the ball loose in the penalty area, left back Jason Davidson stepped forward to plant a shot past the 'keeper. It was the 13th minute of the game, and the home team was up 2-0.
The lead held up, Cahill was subbed in the 67th minute, and Australia march on to an Asian Cup final against South Korea on January 31.