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Tim Cahill says a teary farewell to fans as new Socceroos goalscorer Martin Boyle takes centre stage

Staff writers, November 21, 2018 7:41AM News Corp Australia Network

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Tim Cahill of Australia in an empty ANZ Stadium after playing his final match as a Socceroo. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraTim Cahill of Australia in an empty ANZ Stadium after playing his final match as a Socceroo. Picture: Getty Images

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SOCCER: As Tim Cahill’s impressive Socceroos career came to an emotional end last night at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, another was only just beginning.

Martin Boyle’s first half brace (two goals) provided a glimpse into the future, but the night was really only about celebrating Cahill’s past as the Socceroos beat Lebanon 3-0.

Despite insisting Cahill would only be allowed to play five minutes in his farewell match, coach Graham Arnold pleased the crowd by giving the greatest ever Socceroo a 10-minute cameo* in his last international match. The 38-year-old couldn’t add to his 50-goal tally, but that hardly mattered as he received a warm reception from the crowd.

Tim Cahill of Australia celebrates his final match with the crowd. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraTim Cahill of Australia celebrates his final match with the crowd. Picture: Getty Images

With Cahill’s retirement fast-tracking* the search for the Socceroos’ new regular goalscorer, Boyle could be it.

By the end of the first half, the 25-year-old had scored his double after an opening 45 minute display that showed just why bringing him in to the team could be a wise move by coach Arnold.

Boyle’s strike from outside the box in the 19th minute took a wicked deflection and his 41st minute goal was an easy tap in after Milos Degenek’s initial header clattered off the bar. With the Socceroos looking comfortable, Arnold rang the changes in the second half. One of them, Leckie, scored just three minutes after coming on to give the home side a three-goal lead. The assist? Well, it came from Boyle.

After the final whistle, it was all about Cahill, as he was given the chance to say a few words and receive a commemorative* ball.

“This is the only time you’re going to see me cry,” Cahill began before telling the fans what an impact they had on his career.

“It was tough for me to play for Australia at the start, and I tell you what every time I wore the green and gold I play with my heart. And I never left anything off the pitch. I just want to tell you all that this is just as much for all of you as it is for me. So thank you very much Australia.”

AFL: Star Sydney forward Lance “Buddy” Franklin won’t return to pre-season training until January after being forced to have surgery on a groin injury.

Franklin injured his groin in the dying minutes of Sydney’s round 22 win over GWS.

He returned to play in the club’s elimination final loss to the Giants, but didn’t look at full strength as he tallied* just eight disposals to go with his one point.

The Swans initially hoped an extended period of rest would help the injury heal fully.

But Franklin underwent surgery on Tuesday after it was decided the injury wasn’t healing fast enough.

“It was planned that rest would be the best form of recovery post-season for Lance,” new Swans head of football Charlie Gardiner said.

“However, it hasn’t healed at the rate we would have liked and surgery was determined as the best course of action.

“We are confident Lance will make a full recovery and he’ll do everything possible to bounce back and play a big part in 2019.”

NFL: Was this the greatest NFL game ever played?

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams have played out an absolute classic at the LA Colosseum with Los Angeles sneaking home 54-51 in the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history.

The two attacking powerhouses* played full on football and made all kinds of history.

It was the first game in NFL history where both teams scored over 50 points and the Chiefs’ 51 points is the highest losing total in NFL history. The lead changed six times as both sides traded touchdown* after touchdown.

Chiefs quarterback and Most Valuable Player favourite Patrick Mahomes threw for six touchdowns and 478 yards* while Rams passer Jared Goff threw for four scores and 413 yards. The two teams combined for 14 touchdowns.

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GLOSSARY

cameo: a small part by a famous person

fast-tracking: speeding up

commemorative: something to mark an event

tallied: total number of

powerhouses: persons or teams with a lot of power

touchdown: crossing the line to score

yards: form of measurement

QUICK QUIZ

1. How many goals did Tim Cahill score in his career for the Socceroos?

2. What sort of injury is Lance Franklin suffering?

3. What is the highest losing total in NFL history?

VCOP ACTIVITY

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Describe Tim Cahill’s career for Australia in three words.

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