Cahill scores on return
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tim Cahill handed Australia coach Guus Hiddink the perfect tonic.
Tim Cahill handed Australia coach Guus Hiddink the perfect tonic by scoring on his return to action in the Socceroos' 1-1 draw with Holland.
Cahill has been on the sidelines since damaging a knee against Birmingham in April and Everton have urged Australia to be cautious with their star midfielder.
Hiddink threw him on against the Dutch and he netted just three minutes after coming on, shortly after Mark Viduka had missed a penalty.
Cahill's goal cancelled out an early effort from Ruud van Nistelrooy as the two World Cup hopefuls played out a draw.
Dutch coach Marco van Basten fielded a strong side, but they found Australia more than a match and the Oranje also picked up a couple of injuries.
Midfield pair Philip Cocu and Wesley Sneijder were taken off with injuries and van Basten will be anxiously awaiting news on the pair, while Australia had Luke Wilkshire sent off.
Cocu limped off before the break, while Sneijder was stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Wilkshire was sent off for a wild lunge at Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with the Dutch players reacting with fury at the tackle.
Van Nistelrooy looked sharp all afternoon and netted on nine minutes, after Mark Schwarzer had pushed a shot into his path.
Australia's equaliser came in bizarre fashion, as Viduka blasted a spot-kick against the bar and the rebound eventually found its way to Cahill after Andre Ooijer had lashed his clearance straight at Edwin van der Sar.
Schwarzer twice denied van Nistelrooy late on, while Robin van Persie hit a post with a fierce free kick, but van Basten will be more concerned about his injured players than the result.