Tim Cahill and the Socceroos are playing South Korea in the Asian Cup final. Cahill so far has three goals in the tournament, but will be hard pressed to get past a South Korean defense that has five shutouts in five games. Australia leads all teams with 12 goals scored. Kate Cohen of The Guardian provides a great breakdown of the Aussie offense vs. Korean defense battle here.
The Sydney Morning Herald thinks this tournament is "Cahill's swan song." Could it be his last appearance in an Australian shirt? Maybe. According to Cahill, "I'm not sure, but that's something I'll talk about after."
The Aussies should be buoyed by the home crowd at the 83,000 seat Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Australia lost to South Korea, 1-0, during the group stage in a match where Cahill, Robbie Kruse, and Mathew Leckie were kept out of the starting XI since both teams had already clinched spots in the knockout round.
Australia beat the United Arab Emirates, 2-0, in their semi-final match on the back of goals by Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson.
South Korea advanced to final defeating Iraq, 2-0, behind goals from Lee Jung-hyup and Kim Young-gwon.
The UAE clinched third place defeating Iraq, 3-2, thanks to two goals from Ahmed Khalil and a converted penalty by Ali Mabkhout.