‘Yes, I’m a cheat, so what?’: The extraordinary response that infuriated Tim Cahill during Socceroos’ 3-1 World Cup loss to Chile

  • Tim Cahill was stunned when Chilean Gonzalo Jara agreed after the Socceroo called him a 'cheat'
  • Cahill was furious about a yellow card that went against him during on-field challenge
  • The Socceroo said admissions such as Jara's undermined soccer's 'gamesmanship'
  • Chile took early 2-0 lead with two goals in first 15 minutes of play
  • Australia's Tim Cahill scored late first half goal against the South American nation to bring score to 2-1
  • Cahill awarded yellow card in the 44th minute of play casting doubts of over his tournament
  • Australia disallowed goal in second half after Cahill found to be offside by linesman
  • Hopes of a win were dashed when Chile scored in the 92nd to take their lead to 3-1 and win match

By Ryan Lipman and Daniel Mills


Australian Midfielder Tim Cahill has revealed the moment a Chilean opponent openly admitted to being a cheat during the Socceroos 3-1 defeat to the South Americans.

Cahill, at a post-match press conference, told reporters that he directly called Jara a 'cheat' to his face following a heated scuffle in which the pair jostled for the ball. The Australian midfielder made the remark because he felt unfairly yellow carded, and blamed the referee's wrong decision on Jara who Cahill said fouled him first. It left the Australian midfield with a bitter taste in his mouth post match where he told reporters it was remarks like this that undermined sportsmanship in the game.

Cahill said the Chilean intentionally fouled him first when he 'kicked-out' at the Socceroo: 'The left back (Jara) kicked out at me when I was trying to run past him for a cross and I pushed him away - and I got the yellow card.' In the heat of the moment, Cahill said he called Gonzalo a 'cheat', leaving the Australian midfielder in disbelief when Jara allegedly replied 'yes, I'm a cheat, so what?'

Tim Cahill claims Gonzalo Jara, right, admitted to being a cheat following an altercation the pair had when both challenging for the ball

Tim Cahill claims Gonzalo Jara, right, admitted to being a cheat following an altercation the pair had when both challenging for the ball

The Socceroo said Jara's blatant admission is the kind of behaviour Cahill wants stamped out of the sport, particularly when it comes to such a high-profile tournament like the World Cup. 'That is not gamesmanship ... this needs to be out of the game."

Cahill's, and the Socceroos only goal in the 3-1 defeat to Chile, now mean's the Australian has scored more goals in World Cups than both Argentinian Lionel Messi,  Portugal's Christiano Ronaldo and England's Wayne Rooney combined. Cahill's goalscoring tally of four, is three more than Messi who has just one goal=and double Ronaldo's tally of two. Rooney is yet to score a goal in 594 minutes of World Cup soccer.

Passionate fans in Brazil and Australia got right behind the Socceroos as they watched the team's 2014 World Cup opening match against Chile at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

Despite facing stiff competition from the South American nation in the Group B opener, fans were hopeful as they cheered on the squad, captained by Mile Jedinak.

With Chile scoring two early goals in the first 15 minutes a of play within two minutes to lead 2-0, a goal by Tim Cahill in the 35th saw Australian fans rejoice, with the side's chances of winning given a major boost. Chahill scored the goal on the end of a cross from Mathew Leckie.

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Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Chile and Australia

Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Chile and Australia

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile failed to stop a header by Cahill

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile failed to stop a header by Cahill

Ecstatic Australian fans rejoiced when the forward headed and scored the goal

Ecstatic Australian fans rejoiced when the forward headed and scored the goal

Cahill celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal for Australia towards the end of the first half

Cahill celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal for Australia towards the end of the first half

Cahill and Mark Milligan embrace after being defeated by Chile 3-1 and appear to be deflated as they walk off the field

Cahill and Mark Milligan embrace after being defeated by Chile 3-1 and appear to be deflated as they walk off the field

But Australia's star goal scorer was awarded a yellow card in the 44th, casting doubts of over the rest Cahill's tournament.

 

Minutes into the second half, it looked as if Australia had equalised, with Cahill again scoring a 'goal' headed from a cross by Leckie. But the linesman raised his flag, with Cahill offside and to the goal disallowed.

But Australia's hopes appeared to be dashed, with Chile scoring to take their lead to 3-1 in the 92nd minute.

Charles Aranguiz of Chile controls the ball in front of goalkeeper Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan

Charles Aranguiz of Chile controls the ball in front of goalkeeper Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan

Referee Noumandiez Doue shows Cahill a yellow card

Referee Noumandiez Doue shows Cahill a yellow card

After being awarded a yellow card in the 44th, it has cast doubts of over the rest Cahill's tournament

After being awarded a yellow card in the 44th, it has cast doubts of over the rest Cahill's tournament

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's grandmother Margaret Weir was watching the game from Mt Druitt netball courts in Emerton in Sydney's west.

'Australia played quite well, but he (Ryan) will be cranky about that last goal that went through in through in the extra time,' Mrs Weir told MailOnline. 'It's hard to believe a Mt Druitt boy is out there playing in the World Cup for Australia.'

Mrs Weir said she was 'over the moon' for the grandson and that he had the support of the entire family and the Mt Druitt community. 'He's worked really really hard for it,' she said.

Cahill of Australia fought off a challenge by Chile's Gary Medel

Cahill of Australia fought off a challenge by Chile's Gary Medel

The key player reacts after missing a chance to score

The key player reacts after missing a chance to score

Medel and Cahill go up for a header

Medel and Cahill go up for a header

'We've been staying in touch on Viber. He's very focused and trying to keep his emotions in control and not think about some of the players that he will be out there playing against like Robin van Persie (of the Netherlands squad).'

Mrs Weir said his family in Australia was watching all his games, while Ryan's mother and sister were in Brazil to cheer him on from the sidelines.

Ryan, who plays for Club Brugge KV in Belgium, was named in the Socceroos squad in May, and returned to Australia to go into camp, before flying out for the world cup.

His naming in the Australian squad capped off a stellar end to the end of the Belgian competition, which saw Ryan's club play its last game of the season on May 18, and him be named the Belgian Pro League's goalkeeper of the year.

The forward reacts as the intensity of the game increases

The forward reacts as the intensity of the game increases

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan makes a save against Chile's Mauricio Pinilla

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan makes a save against Chile's Mauricio Pinilla

Ryan, of the Mt Druitt, is being supported by his mother and sister who are in Brazil to watch him play for Australia

Ryan, of the Mt Druitt, is being supported by his mother and sister who are in Brazil to watch him play for Australia

Chile's Eduardo Vargas in action with goalkeeper Ryan, who plays also plays for the Belgian Pro League's Club Brugge KV

Chile's Eduardo Vargas in action with goalkeeper Ryan, who plays also plays for the Belgian Pro League's Club Brugge KV

Excited fans in Sydney watched the game live at The Star in Pyrmont, and while most were covered in green and gold, there was also support for Chile.

Socceroos supporter Stephenie Hager, of Killara, was at the screening and said it was the next best thing to watching the match live in Brazil. 'It was great - the atmosphere was just amazing,' she told MailOnline. 'Everyone was really getting into it, even the Chile fans, we were all getting in.'

Despite Australia's loss, the 22-year-old fan said she was not discount the team yet and was hopeful they could come back to beat the Netherlands in their next game.

'I definitely think they can beat them after how they lifted their performance in the second half, maybe they just needed to play their first game,' she said. Ms Hager added that Chile out performed Australia in passing the ball directly and accuracy.

Socceroos fans Jo Abi-Younes and Stephenie Hager were cheering on Australia from Sydney

Socceroos fans Jo Abi-Younes and Stephenie Hager were cheering on Australia from Sydney

Passionate Socceroos fans wore Australian jerseys to a live screening of the game against Chile and with Cahill's goal in the first half, the supporters went into overdrive as Australia's chances were given a major boost

Passionate Socceroos fans wore Australian jerseys to a live screening of the game against Chile and with Cahill's goal in the first half, the supporters went into overdrive as Australia's chances were given a major boost

Hoping for Australia to win its first game in, the fans watched the nail biting match anticipation

Hoping for Australia to win its first game in, the fans watched the nail biting match anticipation

Chilean fans also cheered on their team and were ecstatic to see the side take down Australia 3-1

Chilean fans also cheered on their team and were ecstatic to see the side take down Australia 3-1

With defense which saw Australia stop a goal by Chile a highlight, Ms Hager said the hardest part of the game to watch was Chile's goal in the last four minutes of the game.

She also said Cahill's goal was a standout moment. 'When Cahill scored, I was getting the feeling he was about to do something amazing,' she said

Ahead of Australia's clash against Chile, Prime Minister Tony Abbott incorrectly called the team's captain Mile Jedinak 'Mike' during a video posted on YouTube on Saturday morning. In the video, Mr Abbott wears a Socceroos scarf as he wished the team good luck.


Australia's first match had people watching the game on the edge of their seats as they held onto hope the side could come from behind to clench victory

Australia's first match had people watching the game on the edge of their seats as they held onto hope the side could come from behind to clench victory

Socceroos fans will again come together to watch Australia's next game, when the team again faces tough competition from Spain on Tuesday

Socceroos fans will again come together to watch Australia's next game, when the team again faces tough competition from Spain on Tuesday

Green and gold: Fans embraced the World Cup spirit and dressed entirely in their team's colours

Green and gold: Fans embraced the World Cup spirit and dressed entirely in their team's colours

Chilean fans in a sea of Socceroos supporters made sure people knew who they were going for, draped in flags, wearing jerseys and with their faces painted

Chilean fans in a sea of Socceroos supporters made sure people knew who they were going for, draped in flags, wearing jerseys and with their faces painted

Next up Australia will face Spain on Tuesday and the Netherlands on Thursday as they hope to keep their Wold Cup dream alive.

The Socceroos 2014 campaign comes on the back of disappointing exit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Australia was drawn into Group D against Germany, Ghana and Serbia. The team faced fierce competition in their first game against three-time world champion Germany, which saw the Socceroos defeated 4-0.

The Socceroos' most high-profile player, Tim Cahill, was a favourite among the supporters who wore his jersey as they rallied him on

The Socceroos' most high-profile player, Tim Cahill, was a favourite among the supporters who wore his jersey as they rallied him on

After Australia's loss, fans are now looking forward to the team taking on the Spain and the Netherlands

After Australia's loss, fans are now looking forward to the team taking on the Spain and the Netherlands

Australian fans are hoping that the Socceroos can make it further than they did in their 2010 campaign

Australian fans are hoping that the Socceroos can make it further than they did in their 2010 campaign

Despite the rivalry, Australian and Chilean fans enjoyed the party vibe as they proudly supported their respective teams

Despite the rivalry, Australian and Chilean fans enjoyed the party vibe as they proudly supported their respective teams

Supporters react: Chilean fans went into a frenzy when the team scored their third goal and secured the win

Supporters react: Chilean fans went into a frenzy when the team scored their third goal and secured the win

Chile's goal in the 92nd minute helped the team increase their convincing lead to 3-1

Chile's goal in the 92nd minute helped the team increase their convincing lead to 3-1

The convincing loss saw coach Pim Verbeek come under fire for his decision play without a recognised striker.

Australia then faced off against Ghana in their second group match, which saw them finish 1–1, while their third and final group match against Serbia resulted in a 2–1 win.

Despite the win, this was not enough and the Socceroos were eliminated in group stage due to the heavy loss to Germany.

An Australian fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal

An Australian fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal

Support: Thousands of Australian fans travelled to Brazil to see Australia play their first game in their 2014 World Cup campaign

Support: Thousands of Australian fans travelled to Brazil to see Australia play their first game in their 2014 World Cup campaign

An Australian fan in green and gold cheers on his team among a sea of Chile fans before the game kicked off

An Australian fan in green and gold cheers on his team among a sea of Chile fans before the game kicked off

A fan embraces the excitement of the World Cup atmosphere prior to the Australia and Chile clash

A fan embraces the excitement of the World Cup atmosphere prior to the Australia and Chile clash

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I bet Cahill can't put his hand on his heart and say he has never gone down, conning the ref and looking for a free kick or penalty. Hypocrite. All sportspeople moan when it goes against them but are struck dumb and blind when its in their favour.

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Australia will never be a great team until they learn to thrown themselves on the ground in agony clutching a shattered leg (well one that was tapped by an opposition player) then get up totally cured as soon as a foul is given.

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mmm! This article comes across as very whiny! I never knew Autralians to be such cry-babies. They focus on the supposed admission by Jara instead of admiting that they are out of their league. You guys are lucky Chile was not playing well. Just take the defeat with some dignity and move on!

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It was one small comment blown up by the press. How does that blacken over a century of Australian sportsmanship? Fortunately never in the history of Chilean soccer has anyone said anything similar, or complained about refs etc.

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At 2-0 I feared for Australia-it looked like the score could be anything. Cahill was outstanding and his goal transformed the team's performance. Chile looked uncomfortable in the second half and I think they'll be happy not to play against Tim Cahill again anytime soon. Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.

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it was a good entertaining game, but the result was never in doubt. Football is not your premier game but you made it to Brazil, that in itself is a great achievement. Teams like Scotland and Wales are still dreaming of the day they qualify.

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stick to cricket and leave the football to the rest of us...

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England... Try to score from a penalty ... then come and lecture me

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@ray White .....What ?????

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Congratulations the Socceroos! you played great despite the loss. Australia is proud of you. Hopefully the World Game will now raise its profile in Australia and take its rightful place

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Hopefully it will become bigger in Aus but in order for it to do so, your season needs extending as it's just not long enough. More games = more money = better league = more interest in the game. Best of luck to the Roar.

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I would love to see the Roos do well, but they are up against the worlds best and they are just not good enough for that type of opposition.

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It's not all bad, they have the same colours as Brazil, they can cheer them on in the final.

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"Chile takes win in 92nd minute " ?? what ? it was effectively all over after 15 minutes. Chile had this game covered. The pundits over here were relying on getting the ball wide to bang in crosses for cahill. Thats all the Australians had in their locker and they couldn't manage more than a couple of crosses all game. I desperately wanted the socceroos to win but they had no creativity in midfield and chile snubbed out all the crosses that were supposed to rescue Australia. Good effort nonetheless.

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