Australia's Tim Cahill picked up a second yellow card of the 2014 Brazil World Cup in the first half of the Socceroos' encounter with the Netherlands on Wednesday.
The caution—for a foul on Bruno Martins Indi—means he will now be suspended for what could be a crucial encounter with Spain in the Aussies' last Group B game, per ESPN FC:
The 34-year-old is Australia's most important player and had proven as much earlier in the half when he scored a stunning goal to tie things up at 1-1 in Porto Alegre, per the BBC's Farayi Mungazi:
Unsurprisingly, the news of his impending suspension is seen by many as a huge loss for Australia in their pursuit to advance to the last 16, per news.com.au:
Furthermore, beIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti points out it could signal the end of Cahill's World Cup career, as the Aussies are now unlikely to reach the knockout rounds and his age makes his imminent retirement likely:
However, The Telegraph's Jonathan Liew reckons that—after the goal he scored—now is as good a time as any to call it a day on the international front:
Spanish newspaper AS was quick to point out that Spain will likely be very happy about the suspension, as it gives them a better opportunity of making it out of the group following their 5-1 mauling to the Netherlands in their opener:
The paper also noted that the foul that drew the caution spelt the end of Martins Indi's game as the Dutchman had to leave the field injured:
Australia will now do very well to get even a point out of Spain without the talismanic presence of Cahill.
Though a great goalscorer and Socceroos legend, he showed a lack of discipline in drawing the card, which could damage his country's prospects in this World Cup.