Cahill nets in City's FFA Cup rout
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Tim Cahill and Bruno Fornaroli have combined to deadly effect for Melbourne City, each scoring in a 4-1 FFA Cup quarter-final destruction of Western Sydney.
Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley was sent off just before half-time - ruling him out of the round one A-League Sydney derby - allowing Cahill to score his first City goal from the penalty spot.
He was joined on the scoresheet by debutant Michael Jakobsen and new Argentinian signing Fernando Brandan, with Dimas' reply little consolation for the Wanderers.
Tony Popovic's side were utterly dominated by the new-look City, which featured eight new players.
One of them, Jakobsen, began the rout in emphatic fashion after 90 seconds.
The Danish defender scored a overhead kick past goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and Wanderers' new signing Artiz Borta on the line.
On 32 minutes, Fornaroli tapped in Cahill's cut-back to double their lead after fine lead-up work from Luke Brattan and Bruce Kamau.
The AAMI Park announcer was so excited with Cahill's contribution, he was wrongly credited with the goal.
The Socceroos striker would soon have one of his own, capitalising on Topor-Stanley's diabolical mistake.
The Wanderers centre-back clumsily shoved Fornaroli to the ground after Cahill's neat flick created a one-on-one chance.
Referee Jarred Gillett had no choice but to send him off and award the spot kick, giving the 5,401-strong crowd what they'd come for - the sight of Cahill punching over the corner flag after rifling home the penalty.
Fornaroli struck the post from a free kick after the break before Cahill's departure allowed marquee loan signing Nicolas Colazo to debut.
The Argentinian was involved in City's fourth, when Fornaroli's header from Colazo's cross landed in Brandan's lap for another tap-in.
City coach John van 't Schip's perfect night was slightly soured by Dimas' 76th-minute headed goal, but the Dutchman saw plenty to like.
"We're early in the season and if you look at the line-up, seven of the 11 players were new," he said.
"I think a good evening for a lot of reasons ... now we go through to the semis."
Popovic said he was disappointed to suffer a blow to the club's ambitions.
"We wanted to go through further than we did last year," he said.
"We had a poor start. We conceded sloppy goals and it was very difficult to come back."
City, along with Wednesday night's other FFA Cup winner Sydney FC, head into the FFA Cup semi-finals to be played in mid-October.