Cahill plays peacemaker in China

Is there anything Tim Cahill cannot do? It turns out when he's not heading goals for the Socceroos, the Shanghai Shenhua striker is breaking up fights in the Chinese Super League.

The 35-year-old, who missed the Socceroos recent friendlies against Germany and FYR Macedonia due to an Achilles tendon injury, returned to action for his club over the Easter weekend.

Unfortunately Shanghai suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 2-0 away to Beijing Guoan, who have now gone top of the league.

While Cahill got through the 90 minutes unscathed he was certainly in the thick of the action, with the striker turning peacemaker when a fracas broke out after Beijing Guoan were awarded a penalty.

VIDEO: See Cahill keep the peace

The second-half incident saw the referee point to the spot after Dejan Damjanovic had been brought down inside the area, his calls for the tackler to be sent-off inciting a coming together of both teams.

Thankfully the former Red Bulls frontman was on hand to help stem the aggression, with the penalty eventually taken by Pablo Batalla once cooler heads had prevailed.

There was another twist to the drama with the Argentinean seeing his effort saved but teammate Darko Matic reacted quickest and was able to turn in the rebound to open the scoring.

The loss saw Shanghai slip to fourth but they're just a point behind their victors in the standings. Cahill is yet to open his goal account for his new club but is clearly relishing the challenge of playing in China.