The best five Socceroos’ World Cup goals

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As football fans, we see many highs and lows. However, there is nothing better than seeing your country score at a World Cup.

This is why we are counting down the five best Socceroos’ World Cup goals.

Bear in mind the Socceroos have only scored 13 goals at their five appearances on the world stage.

5. Brett Holman: Australia (2) vs Serbia (1) 2010 World Cup

This may surprise some, but in what was a poor outing by the Socceroos in the 2010 World Cup, Holman produced a memorable goal.

After picking up the ball at halfway, Holman decided to run the ball himself. From about 30 metres out, he sent a rocket into the top left corner, after taking a bounce right in front of the goalkeeper.

He made it onto the list at number five because he is not known for those types of shots.

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4. Harry Kewell: Croatia (2) vs Australia (2) 2006 World Cup

Number four goes to the one and only Harry Kewell. A wizard with the ball and he was always there when we needed him most.

On the final day of the group stages, Australia needed a point to go through to the Round of 16. With 11 minutes to go, Australia were down 2-1 before Kewell came to save the day.

Kewell was on the receiving end of a cross from Mark Bresciano. He controlled it and slotted it in. The only reason this does not get a higher rank is in a world of VAR, he may have been called offside.

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3. Tim Cahill: Australia (3) vs Japan (1) 2006 World Cup

No list would be complete without the all-time leading goal scorer for the Socceroos.

However, it was a close call between this and his first goal of the game. His first holds a special place in history as it was Australia’s first goal at a World Cup, but his second was magical.

On the biggest stage, he received the ball outside the box and, with poise and style, fired off a shot. It hit the post on the way in, but that makes it even more perfect.

This goal screams Cahill cool, calm and collected, and imperfect. Securing the win for Australia after being down all game also helped it reach number three on the list.

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2. John Aloisi: Australia (3) vs Japan (1) 2006 World Cup

For the goal that got Australia to the World Cup, it’s only right it’s mentioned in this list.

After coming on in the 78th minute, Aloisi was a man on a mission to score. He picked up the ball at halfway off a pass from Cahill.

Aloisi showed his pace and ran right by Yuichi Komano to slot in Australia’s third goal of the game, and third goal in eight minutes.

The most impressive part of the goal is all three subs were involved (Josh Kennedy, Aloisi and Cahill). The team goal is why this goal lands at number two.

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1. Tim Cahill: Australia (2) vs Netherlands (3) 2014 World Cup

It should be no surprise what the number one pick is. Even though Australia lost against the Netherlands, Cahill’s goal is arguably one of his greatest.

Ryan McGowan deserves praise for his cross, which managed to curl back at Cahill, allowing him to hit it so sweetly. This goal made every Australian believe we could do the impossible to beat the Dutch.

The pace and accuracy at which Cahill hit the ball was extraordinary. He gets a bonus point for firing it off first time, something not all players can do. Furthermore, it’s only right the greatest Socceroo receives the number one spot.

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