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Cahill dedicates winner to Samoa

Tim Cahill celebrates
Cahill celebrates his second-half winner

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill dedicated his winning goal in the Europa League game against BATE Borisov to the victims of Tuesday's Pacific tsumani.

The Australian international mimed rowing a canoe after scoring in the second half of the match in Belarus.

"I just felt in my heart it was the right thing to do," he told ESPN.

"Me and my family are from Samoa and I've got a lot of family there that got caught in the tsunami. A lot of people are going through a hard time."

Rescue workers on the Samoan islands and Tonga are continuing to search for survivors after the tsunami which has so far claimed 149 confirmed victims.

Thousands of people are in need of help after waves, triggered by a huge earthquake, swamped the islands.

The prime minister of Samoa said the devastation of the island "was complete".

Cahill, an Australian international whose mother is Samoan, played football for Western Samoa at a junior level before pledging his allegiance to Australia.

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