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Thursday Kickoff: Cahill scores brace in Australia win; Chelsea close in on Cuadrado; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Tim Cahill came up with another man of the match performance for Australia to help them advance to the semifinals of the Asian Cup.

Cahill scored both of the Socceroos goals, including a goal from an incredible overhead kick, as they defeated China, 2-0, in the Asian Cup quarterfinals. The goals bring Cahill’s total tally to three goals, moving him into second place in the tournament’s scoring list.

Australia will face either Japan or the United Arab Emirates in the semifinals of the tournament.

After a frustrating first half for the tournament hosts, Cahill punched home his first goal of the game in the 49th minute in spectacular fashion. A partially cleared Australia corner kick was looped back into the right side of the penalty area by right back Ivan Franjic. Cahill, with his marker on the ground, attempted an overhead kick that saw the ball go into the far post side netting and in for a goal.

Cahill’s second of the game came in more predictable fashion in the 65th minute, as he headed home a Jason Davidson cross from 15 yards out.

Earlier in the day, South Korea advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 victory after extra time against Uzbekistan. Bayer Leverkusen’s Son Heung-min scored both goals for South Korea.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Thursday:

CHELSEA MOVE IN ON FIORENTINA’S JUAN CUADRADO

Chelsea have identified a new signing that they believe can help push them to win an English Premier League title.

The Blues are closing in on a £26.8 million transfer for Fiorentina’s Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, according to reports in England. As the transfer talk around Cuadrado intensifies in the coming days, the reports state that current Chelsea wingers Andre Schurrle and Mohammed Salah could be on their way out.

Cuadrado, 26, starred for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup, showing impressive speed, skill, and stamina down the right flank. He was a transfer target of Barcelona last summer, though the Catalan club couldn’t come to an agreement.

REAL MADRID TOPS FOOTBALL MONEY LIST

For the tenth consecutive year, Real Madrid have been listed the world’s richest soccer team.

Deloitte released their annual rich list based on revenues for the 2013/2014 season, with Real Madrid remaining at the top as they brought in €549.5 million. Surprisingly, Manchester United come in a second, despite a disastrous season on the field last season, with revenues of €518 million.

Bayern Munich remained in third place followed by Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to round out the top five. Five of the top ten richest clubs are based in the English Premier League, and eight of the top 20 are as well. Napoli, Newcastle, and Everton, are entrants to this year’s list.

QUICK KICKS

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are in talks with Valencia over centerback Gabriel Paulista. (REPORT)

Chinese businessman Wang Jianlin has purchased a 20 percent stake in Atletico Madrid for €45 million. (REPORT)

Diego Costa and Jordan Henderson had to be separated after nearly getting into a post-game tussle in the players tunnel after Chelsea tied Liverpool, 1-1. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these report? Impressed with Cahill’s goals? Do you see Chelsea signing Cuadrado? What do you think of the soccer rich list?

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  1. Sad thing is, at his age he would’ve been discarded by Jürgen, if was and American. Talking about Cahill of course. That’s what Nations who are not soccer power, like the USA, do with their best player ever, they squeeze the last drop of their goodness at every possible tournament. What an act of total disrespect from this coach when he left Donovan out for the likes of Greene and Wondolousy. Still, people here defend his actions as if he was the soccer messiah.

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    • 2013 and the World Cup should have proven that form and committment aren’t the issues for Cahill. The issue was that Petke turned him into a bench player in 2014 because Petke was beholden to playing with one striker and two defensive midfielders. For all of the love Petke gets, much of it deserved, his stubbon refusal to start a weapon like Cahill (and an expensive weapon at that) close to goal was one of his biggest faults. Red Bulls had enough talent to blow through everyone last year. Had Petke deployed it better, they would have finished higher and might not have sufferred through so many games where they didn’t get the result because of poor finishing. If Cahill does return, and I hope he does, he needs to sit up top with BWP. You build around talent like that, you don’t put it to the side.

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      • I get your point, but then where would you have played Henry? And in what formation? Petke went to the 4-2-3-1 to shore up the defense, but at great cost (i.e., Cahill). I ask in all sincerity: what would you have done?

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