11/20/2018 6:14:19 PM (GMT+3)

Australia farewells Cahill in 3-0 win over Lebanon

Australia farewells Cahill in 3-0 win over Lebanon

BRISBANE, Australia: Martin Boyle debuted with a brace as Australia farewelled Tim Cahill in style by beating Lebanon 3-0 at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old struck an opening-half double and laid on a strike for Mathew Leckie in Australia’s buildup to the Asian Cup.

Cahill entered the field to a standing ovation in the 82nd minute for his 108th and final Socceroos appearance, as Australia extended their unbeaten run in international friendlies to six consecutive matches.

"It's the first time I've cried on a football field and I'm proud of it," he said after the final whistle, wiping away tears. Every time I've pulled on the green and gold, I've played with my heart. Thank you, Australia," Cahill told the media after the match.

Mathew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich and Aaron Mooy were the only survivors from the starting 11 who drew 1-1 with Korea Republic in Brisbane last Saturday.

One change saw Boyle summoned for his first Socceroos start, and the Hibernian attacker was rewarded for a lively opening when he fired in his first goal for Australia via the aid of a deflection after a mazy dribble from the left flank.

Boyle sealed his brace and underlined a dominant 45 minutes from the Socceroos on the cusp of the interval, teeing a rebound across the line after Milos Degenek thumped Mooy’s corner against the crossbar with a bullet header. (Source: AFC)