Cahill: Socceroos could’ve won 8-3

Socceroo star Tim Cahill says Australia have made a statement after their comeback 4-1 win over Kuwait on Friday night – and he says there are goals in this Aussie team.

In the Asian Cup tournament opener, the Socceroos got off to the perfect start with a four-goal performance after going a goal down early in the game to the Kuwaitis. 

Cahill got the comeback underway after slotting home the equaliser before Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak (penalty) and James Troisi hit the back of the net at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium.

“We did that in the end we probably could’ve won that 8-3,"  Cahill told reporters after the game. 

“I know there are goals in this team. We believe in our football. We believe we can play and they might stick 11 behind the ball. But for me personally I was relaxed the whole game. It was about waiting for the opportunity."

Cahill was however disappointed in how the Socceroos switched off to concede the first goal from a set-piece.

“We started off a bit shaky. It was frustrating to concede a goal when we did. Switched off and we can’t really do that in games like this.

“We started poorly but we had a reaction with four goals and played some good football and Mat Ryan was exceptional. As was Massimo Luongo.

“But to get back in it. Get the first goal. The self belief. Overally I’m really happy with the way we reacted because it’s a big moment for Australian football and we needed to get off to a good start and four goals is a positive.”

Cahill added: "For us the statement we made was we wanted to win. 

"It’s great to see Jimmy [Troisi] score and Massimo was amazing tonight. He [Luongo] wanted the ball and was brave. 

"That’s when you find out about players. It’s the making of a good player.”

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