Alexis Sanchez scored one and made another as Chile started their World Cup campaign with a win over Australia.

Barcelona forward Sanchez finished from close range in the 12th minute and then set up Jorge Valdivia to drive in from outside the area two minutes later.

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill pulled one back with a header from Ivan Franjic's cross before half-time.

Prolific Cahill

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has now scored competitive goals on all six footballing continents. (source: official Everton statistician Gavin Buckland)

The New York Red Bulls player, 34, has scored four of Australia's nine goals in World Cups and has found the net in three different tournaments.

After an anxious second half, Wigan's Jean Beausejour's long-range effort added Chile's third in added time.

Tipped by many as having a strong chance of progressing from Group B, Chile will have been buoyed by the Netherlands' 5-1 win over Spain, who they face on Wednesday.

They looked likely to have the luxury of focusing on building a big cushion of goal difference ahead of their meeting with Vicente Del Bosque's world champions when they moved two ahead inside 14 minutes.

But, up against Chile defenders Gary Medel, used in midfield by Cardiff, and Gonzalo Jara, who has just been released by Nottingham Forest, Cahill's threat in the air helped stubborn Australia back into the contest.

Chile's attack only justified its strong reputation in flashes and they looked far from secure at the back but they have a chance to take a big step towards the second round when they face Spain.

Tim Cahill

Cahill's tally of four World Cup goals is more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's combined tally of three

They took the lead when Charles Aranguiz managed to get in behind the Socceroos defence for the first time after 11 minutes, and when Eduardo Vargas headed down from the midfielder's cross, Sanchez guided in at the near post.

The advantage was doubled when Barcelona forward Sanchez picked out Valdivia and the Palmeiras midfielder hit a dipping shot in off the underside of the bar from 25 yards.

Starting just five weeks after knee surgery, midfielder Arturo Vidal drove wide after another incisive move.

"Even though Spain have been beaten 5-1 by Netherlands tonight, I still think we've seen two sides that will go out from this group in Chile and Australia. Chile cannot play the way they have and not concede at least two or three against Spain. The Chile manager says they do not compromise in the way they play, but let's see if they don't against the bigger sides. Unless they play a lot better than they have tonight, then Spain and Netherlands will go through in this group - I have no doubts about that."

But a slackness crept into their play and Cahill, renowned for his aerial ability in his time at Everton, rose above Medel to thump in from a Franjic cross.

The 34-year-old New York Red Bulls player was then denied by a low save from Bravo after he was found by Mathew Leckie on the edge of the area.

After the break, Cahill had an effort ruled out for offside before Tommy Oar's cross was met with a firm half-volley from Bresciano only for Bravo to push around the post.

Chile came close to a third when Sanchez threaded through for Vargas and the Valencia forward's poked effort was hacked off the line by Alex Wilkinson.

Cahill headed over from another Jason Davidson cross as Australia continued to threaten.

But after Mauricio Panilla's shot was saved by Matthew Ryan, fellow substitute Beausejour found the corner with the rebound.

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli:

"We had a good understanding in attack, especially with Alexis Sanchez as the focal point, and we created several chances. After Australia scored we lost a little bit of momentum and we got frustrated.

"We didn't play as well as we can - and with the calibre of our next two opponents, we will have to give a more complete performance. The prospect of playing Spain at the Maracana is electrifying."

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill:

"They got in twice and punished us but after that you could see their legs were going and we knew we could get something from this game.

"We really stood up strong. Not a lot went our way and it showed.

"It's all about defining moments. This is the stage to do it and when you're called upon you have to show up. We showed a bit of fear but we got in their faces. We showed some aggression, we'll learn from this and go into the next game positive."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Chile

  • 01 Bravo
  • 04 Isla
  • 02 Mena
  • 21 Díaz
  • 17 Medel
  • 18 Jara
  • 20 Aránguiz Booked
  • 10 Valdívia (Beausejour - 68' )
  • 11 Vargas (Pinilla - 88' )
  • 07 Sánchez
  • 08 Vidal (Gutierrez - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Albornoz
  • 05 Silva
  • 06 Carmona
  • 09 Pinilla
  • 12 Toselli
  • 13 Rojas
  • 14 Orellana
  • 15 Beausejour
  • 16 Gutierrez
  • 19 Fuenzalida
  • 22 Paredes
  • 23 Herrera

Australia

  • 01 Ryan
  • 02 Franjic (McGowan - 49' )
  • 03 Davidson
  • 05 Milligan Booked
  • 22 Wilkinson
  • 06 Spiranovic
  • 07 Leckie
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 04 Cahill Booked
  • 23 Bresciano (Troisi - 78' )
  • 11 Oar (Halloran - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Wright
  • 09 Taggart
  • 10 Halloran
  • 12 Langerak
  • 13 Bozanic
  • 14 Troisi
  • 16 Holland
  • 17 McKay
  • 18 Galekovic
  • 19 McGowan
  • 20 Vidosic
  • 21 Luongo
Ref: Noumandiez Doue
Att: 40,275

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

5 4

Corners

3 1

Fouls

9 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chile 3, Australia 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chile 3, Australia 1.

90:00 +1:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 3, Australia 1. Jean Beausejour (Chile) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +1:29

Attempt saved. Mauricio Pinilla (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charles Aránguiz.

87:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chile. Mauricio Pinilla replaces Eduardo Vargas.

86:16

Attempt blocked. Mathew Leckie (Australia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Troisi.

85:07 Booking

Booking Charles Aránguiz (Chile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:02

Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

85:02

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:36

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

83:57

Attempt blocked. Mark Milligan (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Spiranovic.

82:04

Felipe Gutierrez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:04

Foul by James Troisi (Australia).

78:32

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:32

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. James Troisi replaces Mark Bresciano.

74:44

Marcelo Díaz (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:44

Foul by Mark Bresciano (Australia).

73:58

Offside, Chile. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Eduardo Vargas is caught offside.

73:18

Foul by Gary Medel (Chile).

73:18

Mile Jedinak (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:21

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:21

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

69:29

Attempt missed. Tim Cahill (Australia) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jason Davidson with a cross.

69:01

Attempt blocked. Marcelo Díaz (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Ben Halloran replaces Tommy Oar.

67:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chile. Jean Beausejour replaces Jorge Valdívia.

66:51 Booking

Booking Mark Milligan (Australia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:42

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:42

Foul by Mark Milligan (Australia).

64:18

Attempt missed. Mathew Leckie (Australia) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jason Davidson with a cross.

63:26

Foul by Felipe Gutierrez (Chile).

63:26

Tommy Oar (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:46

Foul by Mauricio Isla (Chile).

62:46

Jason Davidson (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:58

Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:58

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

61:28

Attempt missed. Mark Bresciano (Australia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mathew Leckie with a cross.

60:52

Attempt blocked. Eduardo Vargas (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

59:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chile. Felipe Gutierrez replaces Arturo Vidal.

58:49

Attempt missed. Tim Cahill (Australia) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Bresciano with a cross.

57:11 Booking

Booking Mile Jedinak (Australia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:03

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:03

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

55:55

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Claudio Bravo.

55:54

Attempt saved. Mark Bresciano (Australia) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

55:53

Attempt saved. Mark Bresciano (Australia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Davidson with a cross.

53:29

Eugenio Mena (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:29

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

52:21

Offside, Australia. Mathew Leckie tries a through ball, but Tim Cahill is caught offside.

50:08

Attempt missed. Tim Cahill (Australia) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Oar with a cross.

48:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Ryan McGowan replaces Ivan Franjic because of an injury.

47:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:15

Delay in match Ivan Franjic (Australia) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Chile 2, Australia 1.

45:00 +1:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chile 2, Australia 1.

45:00 +0:26

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

44:27

Eugenio Mena (Chile) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:27

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

43:08 Booking

Booking Tim Cahill (Australia) is shown the yellow card.

42:39

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Chile).

42:39

Jason Davidson (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:05

Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:05

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

39:34

Gary Medel (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:34

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

37:06

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Jason Davidson.

37:05

Attempt blocked. Mauricio Isla (Chile) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

36:01

Attempt saved. Tim Cahill (Australia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathew Leckie.

34:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 2, Australia 1. Tim Cahill (Australia) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Franjic with a cross.

33:02

Gonzalo Jara (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:02

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

32:07

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Ivan Franjic.

32:03

Attempt blocked. Eugenio Mena (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

31:38

Arturo Vidal (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:38

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

27:00

Charles Aránguiz (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:00

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

23:05

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Chile) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mauricio Isla.

21:53

Attempt missed. Tommy Oar (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mathew Leckie.

20:18

Dangerous play by Jorge Valdívia (Chile).

20:18

Ivan Franjic (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:46

Attempt missed. Tommy Oar (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tim Cahill.

15:56

Corner, Chile. Conceded by Ivan Franjic.

15:07

Jorge Valdívia (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:07

Foul by Mark Milligan (Australia).

13:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 2, Australia 0. Jorge Valdívia (Chile) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

11:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chile 1, Australia 0. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas with a headed pass.

9:40

Hand ball by Gary Medel (Chile).

6:32

Foul by Mauricio Isla (Chile).

6:32

Jason Davidson (Australia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:48

Foul by Eugenio Mena (Chile).

5:48

Mile Jedinak (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:50

Mauricio Isla (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:50

Foul by Mark Bresciano (Australia).

2:37

Gary Medel (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:37

Foul by Tim Cahill (Australia).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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