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What we learned from Australia 2-3 Netherlands: Cahill also has feet

One of the best headers of the ball in the history of modern football showed there's still magic in his boots too, but the Socceroos couldn't survive super sub Memphis Depay

1. 'Timmy' Cahill also has feet

So many of Cahill's strikes for Australia and Everton have been headers that younger fans may view his boots as no more than the means of conveyance carrying him from one aerial finishing opportunity to another.

For anyone who needs reminding, the uncanny master of the crucial goal delivered without the use of his noggin against Japan at the 2006 World Cup and in Millwall's FA Cup semi-final win over Sunderland two years earlier, to mention just two pertinent examples.

We aren't likely to forget again though after watching him score the best goal of the tournament so far in what is likely to be his last game at a World Cup. And with his weaker left foot no less. You beauty.

2. Australia Depay the price at the back

When Ivan Franjic's name was added to a list of defensive absentees containing likely starter Rhys Williams and rising star Curtis Good, we asked whether or not Ange Postecoglou had erred in omitting to select specialist cover at right-back. Fill-in Ryan McGowan acquitted himself well in Porto Alegre, supplying the inch-perfect cross for Cahill's aforementioned moment of glory.

McGowan was not alone in being tormented by PSV Eindhoven wunderkind Memphis Depay and it remains to be seen if Franjic, Luke Wilkshire or anyone else would have fared any better against the strutting, fearless prodigy who, along with Louis Van Gaal's belated switch to 4-3-3, changed the game in the Netherlands' favour.

3. Leckie a genuine rival to Robbie Kruse

When the Bayer Leverkusen forward returns to fitness from a serious knee injury he will find his fellow German-based Australian, Ingolstadt's Leckie, barring his path to an instant national team recall.

The former Adelaide United man built on his strong showing against Chile with another (relatively) rampaging performance, running at the Netherlands' defence but also showing extraordinary energy to track back or press when out of possession. His physical attributes may even see him preferred to a fully fit Kruse against superior opposition. It was unfortunate Tommy Oar's pass found him at an awkward height, meaning he was unable to give Australia what would have been a sensational 3-1 lead.

4. Bozanic seizes his chance

Australia's hopes of holding the ball up and having meaningful possession in the Netherlands' half looked to be fading fast when Mark Bresciano was subbed off early in the second half. But international newcomer Oliver Bozanic excelled when he came on.

The former Central Coast Mariner, who has just finished his first season at Luzern, kept hold of the ball, used it sensibly and proved adept at drawing fouls, while managing to press his opponents without committing too many infractions. More cameos like that and he will see plenty of game-time in a green and gold shirt.

5. McKay answers distress call

The Brisbane Roar stalwart proved to be a significant improvement on the injured Mark Milligan, who worked hard but struggled to make an impact in the Chile loss. Ruled out of this one with a hamstring strain, the Melbourne Victory captain watched from the sidelines as McKay dovetailed perfectly with Jedinak.

Calm in possession when faced with elite opposition, the former Roar skipper supplied the energy and movement to link between defence and attack. His enterprise going forward and quick thinking also helped to create a good opportunity in the Netherlands' box. Expect him to keep his place for the Spain game.