Chile defender Jara 'cheated', says Cahill
Chile's defender Gonzalo Jara (left) and Australia's forward Tim Cahill vie for the ball during a World Cup match at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba, on June 13, 2014 - by Luis Acosta
The veteran Socceroo was booked for tangling with Jara before the break after heading in his team's only goal in the 3-1 Group B loss to the South Americans.
Coming off at half-time he was seen arguing with Chile's Arturo Vidal, and later explained the nature of that altercation with the Juventus star.
"There was an incident where the left-back (Jara) elbowed me and kicked out at me when I was trying to run past him for a cross, and I've got the yellow card," Cahill told Australian media.
"I called him a cheat and he said, 'Yeah, I'm a cheat, so what?'
"I said to Vidal, 'This is no good, this needs to be out of the game.'"
Australia started disastrously and were two goals down before the quarter of an hour, but a Cahill-inspired turnaround saw the Aussies finish strongly, with the former Everton star even getting a second goal only for it to be disallowed for offside.
They now head for a clash with table toppers Holland, while Chile face Spain, crushed 5-1 by the Dutch, in Rio's Maracana stadium on Wednesday.
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