Action from the international friendly between Australia (yellow) and visiting Costa Rica on November 19, 2013, in Sydney. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, Australia -- A second-half goal by Tim Cahill lifted host Australia to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly on Tuesday at Allianz Stadium.
The victory came on the debut of new head coach Ange Postecoglu, who was named to the position last month.
Cahill entered the game seven minutes after the interval and got his name on the scoresheet in the 69th minute, heading home a Tommy Oar corner kick. The goal, which took a deflection off Junior Diaz, was the New York Red Bulls forward’s 29th for the Socceroos, equaling Damien Mori's all-time record.
Costa Rica nearly took a fifth-minute lead, when a mix up between left back Jason Davidson and goalkeeper Mat Ryan resulted in Ivan Franjic having to make an anxious clearance to avoid an own-goal.
The home side settled down and forced Costa Rican goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton into two relatively comfortable saves before half-time.
The first opportunity of the second half fell to Costa Rica, but Wellington Phoenix forward Kenny Cunningham misfired from inside the penalty area with only Ryan to beat.
It was Australia’s second straight victory over a CONCACAF opponent after defeating Canada 3-0 last month in London.