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Tim Cahill helps Australia crush India

— Photo: AP

India's goalkeeper Subrata Paul was at his sublime best, but could not prevent Australia from winning their Asian Cup encounter.

DOHA: An impressive Australia crushed India 4-0 to get its Asian Cup campaign off to a decisive start on Monday with red-hot Everton star Tim Cahill scoring two goals.

The Australians, playing at an Al-Sadd Stadium packed with noisy expatriate Indians, needed to demonstrate their credentials against a team ranked 142 in the world.

They delivered comfortably with the dangerous Cahill, playing upfront as the lone striker, being a constant threat. He got the opener in the 11th minute before former Liverpool player Harry Kewell made it 2-0 14 minutes later.

Brett Holman added a third at the stroke of half-time before Cahill completed the demolition in the second period.

The Australians' start was in stark contrast to four years ago at their maiden Asian Cup where they stumbled to a draw with Oman before losing to eventual winner Iraq.

The Australians squeezed through to the knock-out stages by thrashing Thailand 4-0, but went out on penalties to Japan in the quarterfinals.

Slow start

In breezy conditions, both sides began slowly with Australia getting the first sniff of goal in the ninth minute when Holman looped the ball in to Blackburn's Brett Emerton, who fired straight at the goalkeeper.

Emerton looked suspiciously off-side when he was put through on the right but the flag stayed down and he sent a low cross into the six-yard box where Cahill was lurking. The latter buried the ball into the back of the net.

India, playing in the tournament for the first time in 27 years, was out of its depth but got a look at goal when captain Climax Lawrence's shot from 25 yards drifted well wide of the post soon after.

Australia should have been 2-0 up in the 20th minute when Cahill headed home but he was adjudged off-side by referee Ali Al Badwawi. Replays suggested that the goal should have stayed.

The Australians made amends immediately when Luke Wilkshire found Kewell just outside the penalty area and the Galatasaray midfielder clinically drilled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

With Fulham's Mark Schwarzer having nothing to do in the Australian goal, a third goal almost came in the 30th minute with Cahill in the thick of the action again.

Tough to stop

India was struggling to contain him and he went close once again when he chested down a long ball and half-volleyed it just over the bar.

The third goal was inevitable and it came just before half-time when Holman got his head on the end of an Emerton cross after a good build-up.

Australia began the second half in total control and Cahill got his second in the 65th minute when he outjumped four defenders to meet a Wilkshire cross and angled his header past the goalkeeper. — AFP

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