#1 becoming the first Muslim woman to represent the U.S. at th von mary123 29.08.2019 10:38

Tim Cahill has made himself an instant Melbourne City hero, scoring a wonder-goal and inspiring his A-League side to a 4-1 Melbourne derby win over rivals Melbourne Victory.Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan and Fernando Brandan also scored to punish Victory - who replied through Marco Rojas - in a display which confirmed Citys title credentials.As is so often the case, the derby didnt lack for excitement or moments of magic.But on his first league outing in Australia for 20 years, Cahill made the occasion his own in less than half an hour.Seizing on a loose ball, the Socceroo struck a half-volley that whistled past Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas from 35 metres.Cahill had conjured something from nothing, leaving a bumper crowd of 43,188 wondering what theyd just seen.The goal was no less than City deserved after working over Victorys defence.And the full-time result was entirely fair too after City unleashed a scintillating display of attacking football.John van t Schips inspired decision to play three defenders allowed City to overload Victory going forward, and in time that dominance paid off.Fornaroli added his name to the scoresheet four minutes after Cahill, when Nicolas Colazo overlapped on the left and zinged a cross to the back post where the Uruguayan pounced with a diving header.Kevin Muscats shell-shocked side were drowning, conceding 10 shots to one in a brutal first half.It got worse on 52 minutes, when Brattan sidefooted home Bruce Kamaus cut-back before celebrating with Citys jubilant fans.The Victory coach responded by hauling off Mitch Austin and the disappointing Oliver Bozanic for Leigh Broxham and Nick Ansell, and soon had some reward.Rojas danced his way past four City defenders to beat Dean Bouzanis and give Victory hope.If not for Cahills long-range stunner, it would have been an easy choice for goal of the match.But Victorys delight didnt even last a minute before another City goal flew in, sinking their chances of a first win of the season.Brandan jinked Jason Geria as he powered towards goal, finishing past Lawrence Thomas at his near post.City boss van t Schip tried his best to be level-headed after the match, insisting City had a long way to go to challenge for honours.We were over the whole game, the evening, the better team and we worked hard for that, he said before praising Cahill.You couldnt wish for a better start... thats something that world class players do.Besart Berisha confirmed Victorys lacklustre night by heading a sitter wide with five minutes remaining, much to Muscats angst.It was a disappointing night for us from start to finish, he said.They set the standard ... we didnt come to grips with it and we conceded a great goal.The biggest disappointment apart from the embarrassment, treating our fans to such a poor performance, was that we didnt recover. 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And when a Muslim makes the news, it makes people want to know why she has that on -- what her religion is.Its amazing to see that Muslim women are the ones breaking stereotypes about our religion. I think it brings a lot of positivity, especially in our community. We need it. Especially now.When I was earning my masters degree at Indiana State two years ago, I had to do a project on an athlete who I thought was making a difference socially. One who was standing her ground. I choose Ibtihaj Muhammad. I felt like I related to her in a lot of ways -- as an athlete myself, and a Muslim as well.A year later, I met Ibtihaj at a conference in Los Angeles, and we spent a lot of time getting to know each other. We shared how hard it was to be different at times -- being the first Muslim women to be on the forefront of our sports -- and how hard it was to uphold a certain image and still stay faithful to what we believe in. Before I met her, I felt like I was the only one.At the time, I was going through a shift in my life where I couldnt play the sport that I loved because of my religion. I was unable to continue my pro career because of my hijab. I was planning to go overseas and play basketball under FIBA rules. But FIBA has a headgear rule right now that says I couuld hurt somebody wearing my scarf.dddddddddddd.I was questioning faith. I was questioning who I was. Basketball was my life.?Now, to see Ibtihaj make such a difference this summer by becoming the first Muslim woman to represent the U.S. at the Olympics wearing hijab ...It is a beautiful thing.Sharing our experiences was gratifying because I felt like I had a release. I could let go of my feelings. And it kept me level to know that shes been strong, and that I can do the same.The barriers that shes breaking -- being in the Olympics, winning a medal -- its a motivation. Its an inspiration. I live vicariously through her.Sport brings unity and can effect change, so I believe this is huge -- not only for Muslims, but for anybody that doesnt fit the norm.More on Ibtihaj Muhammad? Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic trailblazer Video ?? Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammads message doesnt end with Olympic loss?Story ?? Michelle Obama gets fencing lesson from Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad?Story ?? For this Olympic hopeful, the Road to Rio is paved in fencing and fashion?Story ?The IMPACT25 is espnWs annual list of the 25 athletes and influencers who have made the greatest difference for women in sports. Explore the 2016 list and more content at espnW.com/IMPACT25. ' ' '

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