Goal machine Cahill sinks Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent
Australian forward Tim Cahill (C) heads to score one of his three goals against Bangladesh during their World Cup qualifying match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.— Sourav Loskar

Australian forward Tim Cahill (C) heads to score one of his three goals against Bangladesh during their World Cup qualifying match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.— Sourav Loskar

Tim Cahill struck his second international hat-trick as Australia brushed off security fears to thrash Bangladesh 4-0 in another lop-sided World Cup qualifying match in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Cahill completed his hat-trick inside 37 minutes and captain Mile Jedinak added the other as the visitors sealed the match in the first half at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Bangladesh put up a spirited show in the second half to remain unhurt for long 45 minutes, avoiding further humiliation.
The win put Australia two points ahead of Jordan, who lost 1-0 to Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek later on the day.
Cahill played as a substitute in Australia’s 5-0 home win against Bangladesh and only got his second start in the current qualifying campaign.
He also scored in his previous start against Kyrgyzstan and began
from where he ended to pose a constant threat for Bangladesh in the opening half.
The Shanghai Shenhua FC striker could have been on the score sheet in just two minutes if his header was not cleared from the goal-line by defender Tapu Barman.
Bangladesh, however, could not keep the veteran striker waiting too long to open the scoring as he headed an Aaron Mooy free-kick home to put the visitors ahead in the 6th minute.
After a brief respite, during which Bangladesh made some sporadic
moves, Cahill doubled their lead in the 33rd-minute by scoring from the goal-mouth melee.
Cahill completed his hat-trick in the 37th-minute after tapping home a square pass of Mooy from the left-flank before Jedinak headed into an empty net to make it 4-0 in the 43rd minute.
Australia rested a brilliant Mooy, who had some kind of role in all their four goals, and Massimo
Luongo in the second half, allowing Bangladesh some free space in the midfield and the hosts made a good use of it.
Right-back Nasirul Islam Nasir overlapped on quite a few occasions much to the cheer of some 20,000 fans while midfielder Hemanta Vincent also caused some problems for the Asian champions.
Midfielder Monaem Khan Raju, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous game for two yellow cards, also proved his worth through his hard-work.
There was some signs of fatigue in the Australian side, which arrived in Bangladesh in less than 24 hours before the game and was in the rush to catch their return flight.
With the result Bangladesh remained at the bottom of their group with just one point from seven matches.

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