Cahill's bicycle kick takes Socceroos to Asian Cup win
It's all over and Australia is through to the last four of the Asian Cup.
Cahill is the hero with two high-quality goals and we get ready to face Japan or the UAE in Newcastle on Monday.
Was that Cahill's greatest performance? I have not seen him finish better than that.
Like a good wine he gets better with age and you have to love what he does in a Socceroos jersey. Has there been a better player for this country?
With three minutes left if looks as though the Socceroos have done enough but still they go forward and Milligan's low shot is well saved.
China's keeper has been his team's best player which says a lot about Autralia's second-half performance.
China has to go for it now and send on another striker as Yang Xu replaces Wu XI.
Milligan has the chance to finish stage game off but Dalei makes a great save and seconds later the keeper beats away a shot from Nathan Burns.
Mark Milligan the next change for the Socceroos and he replaces Cahill with just over 10 minutes left.
Cahill gets a well-deserved standing ovation after another phenomenal performance for his country.
Leckie is replaced by Nathan Burns after good shift but the Chinese are still coming forward.
Their supporters are urging them on and Team Dragon is starting to breathe fire again.
15 minutes left between the Roos and a place in the Asian Cup semi final.
China is going for it and it's a chance for Australia to catch them on the break bug if the ball is kept being given away, China could get back in this.
Bresciano misses an open goal and another chance goes begging as the Socceroos pile on the pressure but once more that Man Cahill does it again, this time with a trademark header from a Jason Davidson cross.
Another goal from arguably Australia's greatest ever player and it is amazing what he has done in a Socceroos shirt.
Wu Lei reminds Australia the game is not over yet as he forces Ryan into a great save and he also collects the follow up.
its not over yet and the doc roos need to stay focused.
With 10 minutes gone of the second half the Socceroos are looking more confident but need to be wary of China on the break.
Luongo coming into the game and he just fails to find Kruse as the Chinese scramble clear.
Mat Ryan has not had much to do but he makes a wonderful save as China counter and that was the danger I was talking about.
It's game on now as the Chinese try to hit back.
Linpeng who was obviously not substituted is yellow carded for a foul on Leckie but Bresciano puts the free kick too high.
How does Cahill do it time and time again?
And he pressure finally tells as Tim Cahill, who else, opens the scoring three minutes after the break.
A corner from Bresciano is not cleared and after Leckie heads I back in Cahill performs an unbelievable overhead kick to score once again for the Socceroos.
WHAT A GOAL.
The second half begins and the Chinese have made a a sub with Mei Fang replacing Zhang Linpeng.
The second half is the time for Luongo and Bresciano to shine as players begin to tire
Looking back on that first half it is quite clear that China has set up to play on the counter attack and the dodgy pitch at Suncorp is not helping the Socceroos.
Postecoglou needs to keep the tempo up and use the wingers more to get in behind a pretty tough Chinese back four.
Cutting edge missing at the moment but certainly on top in possession and territory need to turn that dominance into goals after the break.
That is the first half done and dusted and it is 0-0 at the break.
How are the nerves? Have the Socceroos done enough in the first half and can they win it from here?
Let us know your thoughts.
One minute of injury time at the end of the first half.
Australia well on top as halftime approaches and with five minutes to go until the break it is on top of possession statistics with 78% of the ball.
This is the best spell of the game so far from the home team.
Great work by Leckie leads to a Cahill header but defender Ren Hang does enough to deflect the header behind for another corner.
Aussies on top with just under 10 minutes to halftime.
What a chance that was. Trent Sainsbury picked out by a Bresciano free kick but heads over when he should have at least hit the target and work the keeper.
The pitch looks to be holding up well but the Socceroos have not really found their passing game just yet.
They need to keep up the pressure as halftime approaches.
The home team looks to have finally settled and at this stage is on top.
Wait a moment that is a good effort from Mathew Leckie producing a good save from Wang Dalei.
Some sustained pressure from the Soceroos but still no real chance in front of goal apart from the skipper's header. Jedinak goes close with a header and at last the home team looks to be getting its act together.
With 25 minutes gone what the socceroos need to change if anything?
Corner for Socceroos scrambled clear by China as Aussies look to raise their game.
Kruse looks to be fouled but the ref says no free kick.
Skipper looks a little off the pace following his injury and Australia is finding it hard to find its rhythm.
Not good news for the Socceroos as skipper Mile Jedinak gets booked for a foul on 20 minutes.
Easy save from Mat Ryan from a Zhi Zheng header as China keeps up the early pressure.
10 minutes gone and China appears to have started the better
some big challenges going in lucky to escape a yellow card for crude challenge on Robbie kruse
Good challenge from Wilkinson to save a possible chance for China who are definitely up for this game
HERE WE GO...
90 minutes or more for the Socceroos to reach the Asian Cup semi
Bit cooler will that suit the Socceroos?
South Korean ref hope he treats us well!!!!!
Players on the pitch full stadium and the rain starts to pour down as the Chinese anthem rings around Suncorp.
Nerves will play a part early and the Socceroos need a quick start
Not long until kick off
The nerves will be setting in now as players wait in the tunnel
Attacking line up from Postecoglou and I like the fact he has gone for experience and great to see the skipper back
i am tipping the socceroos terry but it will be tight I think.
Seven changes for the Socceroos from the defeat against South Korea
Raining with Brisbane will that make a difference?
Should help Socceroos passing game?
Who is key to a win?
Maybe a fresh Mark Bresciano can be the key man.
China makes four changes with captain Zheng Zhi shaking off a slight knock
So here we go. 30 minute to kick off for the Socceroos' biggest game on home soil since that World Cup playoff against Uruguay in 2005.
First off here's the Socceroos' team news
Starting XI: Ryan Franjic, Davidson, Cahill, Leckie, Kruse, Jedinak, Sainsbury, Luongo, Bresciano, Wllkinson
Is this the team that can take Ange Postecoglou's men through to semi against Japan or the UAE?
THE Socceroos will take on China in the Asian Cup quarter-final on tonight in Brisbane in one of the most important games in Australian football history.
To keep you updated with all the action APN will be providing a live blog of the game from just before kick-off (8.30pm AEST).
Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak and the boys will be giving their all in the hunt for glory.
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