TIM Cahill scored twice on his return to The Den to become Australia's all-time leading goalscorer in a thrilling friendly with Ecuador.
Cahill moved to the top of the Socceroos' scoring charts with a first-half brace but his goals were not enough to prevent a 4-3 defeat in front of a 7,133-crowd in SE16.
The former Millwall midfielder had said before the game that scoring for his country in his old back yard would rank as a "special moment" in his career.
Australia raced into a 3-0 lead but Ecuador mounted a stunning fightback in the second half after goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak was sent off.
Cahill was substituted to a standing ovation with the scoreline at 3-2 before two late goals sealed victory for the South Americans against the ten men.