There was no farewell goal but plenty of love for Tim Cahill as the Socceroos' all-time leading goalscorer bowed out a winner on Tuesday.
More than two hours after Australia's 3-0 win over Lebanon, Cahill was still signing autographs and posing for photos with adoring fans and vowed to oblige every request before leaving ANZ Stadium.
"I'm still taking it all in, I'm embracing it," Cahill told the media who spoke to him while he was still out on the ground.
"It's everything you could dream of or wish for as a footballer at the end of your career as an international.
"Even leading into it I was really proud, really happy and content because I know everything I've ever done for my country has been for the right reasons, it's not just about scoring."
Cahill couldn't score a 51st international goal, though on one occasion he came very close.
An inviting cross looked destined to find his head, before Lebanon defender Kassem Al Zein spoilt the moment by getting a glancing touch which flicked the ball away from the Socceroos veteran.
At least ten minutes before he came on just after the 80th minute, the crowd chanted "We want Timmy."
His name got the loudest reception when the team was announced before the game and any shot of him on the jumbotron also generated a huge cheer.
Just before the end of the game even a Lebanon fan wanted to show his appreciation for Cahill, charging onto the ground and making a beeline for the 38-year-old before security pulled him away.
Debut: v South Africa, March 30 2004, London
Last game: v Lebanon, November 20 2018, Sydney