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A moment in the sun

The opening week of World Cup 2006 has seen 12 goals scored by substitutes.

To substitute or not to substitute has always been a ticklish dilemma for any great football manager.

The high performance of a substitute -- especially if he has been sent on in the last minute -- vindicates a coach's decision and his game plan, and makes the 'sub' a champion.

But if the substitute adds no masala to the course of play, the manager is blamed for poor tactics.

Increasingly, it would seem, substitute goals are coming to the rescue of teams at the ongoing tournament.

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A look at the 'Super-subs' who stole the limelight last week:

Tim Cahill

Australia's Cahill made records of sorts this season when he scored two goals in a row for the Socceroos in the last six minutes of the Japan-Australia game on June 12 at Kaiserslautern.

Not considered good enough by Dutch coach Guus Hiddink to start the match, the half-Australian and half Samoan Cahill, who replaced Marco Bresciano in the 53rd minute, scored twice when all seemed lost for the Aussies.

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