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Australia's Tim Cahill scores the best goal of the 2014 World Cup so far with astonishing volley...and he's also notched more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined at the tournament too

Australian equalised with his Van Basten-esque volley

With his wonder volley in Australia's 3-2 World Cup Group B defeat by the Netherlands, Tim Cahill brought his World Cup goals total up to five - that's more than Lionel Messi (2) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2) combined.

Just 69 seconds after Arjen Robben had put the Dutch ahead, Cahill  scored a sensational left-footed strike on the volley, the ball cannoning in off the cross-bar and giving goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen absolutely no chance. It echoed the great Netherlands' striker Marco van Basten's majestic volley in the Euro '88 final against the Soviet Union. It was a truly glorious goal.

where does it sit among the world cup's great goals?

Cahill has now scored 45%  Australia's (11) World Cup goals. It wasn't all good news for the former Everton man, who now plays in America for New York Red Bulls, he picked up his second booking of the tournament and will miss Australia's final group match against Spain on Monday. Both teams are already out.


The 34-year-old was substituted in the 74th-minute, and with him out of the final group game, it is highly possible that he has now played his last World Cup match. What a way to go out.