Teary Cahill shattered by sending off

Cahill was sent off in the 56th minute for a challenge on German

midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Australia trailing 2-0 in

Durban. After the match Schweinsteiger approached Cahill in the

media mixed zone and told the 30-year-old that the incident should

not have earned him a red card. That gesture almost proved too much

for Cahill who struggled to compose himself as he spoke about the

incident and the ramifications of the decision to give him a

straight red card from Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez. “I’m just

sad. It’s probably one of the saddest moments of my footballing

career to be in this position,” Cahill said. “To hear

Schweinsteiger say that, it’s very nice of him to say it wasn’t a

red card. It just shows you how dreams can be made and crushed in

the space of hours. “It’s one of the lowest points of my career.

But this is the beauty of football. One day you are a hero, the

next day you are at the bottom.” Cahill, who will miss next

Saturday’s game against Ghana at the very least, maintains there

was no malice in the tackle and that he had attempted to avoid

contact when it was apparent he was not going to get the ball. “My

leg stayed bent all the way. Never once did I try to straighten it.

What do you want me to say?” he said. “To have the momentum as we

did in the second half, to have Emo (Brett Emerton) on the right

and (Richard) Garcia on the left and show some desire to close

down, to try and make things work. “I thought the tempo was good

and we just started to pick up and put pressure on them, make it

play quicker. “A lot of credit goes to the German team and for us,

it makes it worse. I feel that maybe that decision changed the

game, even though we were 2-0 down, I felt the momentum was with

us.” Cahill has every confidence the Socceroos can bounce back

without him against Ghana and wants to play a role in rebuilding

the team’s confidence. “One hundred percent, it isn’t about one

player,” he added. “We’ve said from the start. I think for us, as

players, especially myself is to be a role model to the young

players and to try and make sure that I try and play as well as I

can. “I never doubt my own character. One thing I am is 100 percent

committed to the cause. I’m 100 percent behind the lads and I’ll

train just as hard to prove my worth.”