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Tim Cahill believes Australian football can take a huge step forward with victory over Spain

Tim Cahill believes Australian football can take a huge step forward with victory over Spain

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Tim Cahill believes Australian football can take a huge step forward with victory over Spain

Despite Australia having already been eliminated from the World Cup, the Socceroos' all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill believes Australian football can take a huge step forward with victory over dethroned world champions Spain on Monday. Both sides' hopes of progression to the last 16 have been ended by successive defeats to Chile and the Netherlands, but while Spain have endured a nightmare defence of their title in Brazil, Australia have taken huge encouragement from their performances.

Ange Postecoglou's men had led the Dutch in the second half in their last outing thanks to a wonder strike from Cahill and Mile Jedinak's penalty, before eventually losing 3-2.

Cahill will miss the match in Curitiba having picked up his second yellow card of the tournament in that match, but has backed his teammates to make history.

"We've got one more game to go and it is not about Tim Cahill," said the New York Red Bulls forward.

"This last game is massive. If we beat Spain that will be one of the biggest moments in Australian history."

The post mortem into Spain's disastrous exit after winning three consecutive major tournaments has already begun, with doubts over whether coach Vicente del Bosque will remain in charge.

The former Real Madrid boss has insisted he will take no decision over his future until he is back on Spanish soil, but he is expected to make a raft of changes to the side that failed to match Chile's intensity in their 2-0 defeat in Rio on Wednesday.

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