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World Cup: Chile 3-1 Australia

By Graham ChaseBBC Sport
Highlights: Chile 3-1 Australia

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.

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.

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."

Line-ups

Chile

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Bravo
  • 4Isla
  • 17Medel
  • 18Jara
  • 2Mena
  • 21Díaz
  • 20AránguizBooked at 86mins
  • 8VidalSubstituted forGutiérrezat 60'minutes
  • 10ValdiviaSubstituted forBeausejourat 68'minutes
  • 11VargasSubstituted forPinillaat 88'minutes
  • 7Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 3Albornoz
  • 5Silva
  • 6Carmona
  • 9Pinilla
  • 12Toselli
  • 13Rojas
  • 14Orellana
  • 15Beausejour
  • 16Gutiérrez
  • 19Fuenzalida
  • 22Paredes
  • 23Herrera

Australia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ryan
  • 2FranjicSubstituted forMcGowanat 49'minutes
  • 22Wilkinson
  • 6Spiranovic
  • 3Davidson
  • 15JedinakBooked at 58mins
  • 5MilliganBooked at 67mins
  • 7Leckie
  • 23BrescianoSubstituted forTroisiat 78'minutes
  • 11OarSubstituted forHalloranat 69'minutes
  • 4CahillBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 8Wright
  • 9Taggart
  • 10Halloran
  • 12Langerak
  • 13Bozanic
  • 14Troisi
  • 16Holland
  • 17McKay
  • 18Galekovic
  • 19McGowan
  • 20Vidosic
  • 21Luongo
Referee:
Noumandiez Doue
Attendance:
40,275

Match Stats

Home TeamChileAway TeamAustralia
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chile 3, Australia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chile 3, Australia 1.

  3. Goal!

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

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Chile. Mauricio Pinilla replaces Eduardo Vargas.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Charles Aránguiz (Chile).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Troisi (Australia).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Australia. James Troisi replaces Mark Bresciano.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mark Bresciano (Australia).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Gary Medel (Chile).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil11003123
2Mexico11001013
3Cameroon100101-10
4Croatia100113-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands11005143
2Chile00000000
3Australia00000000
4Spain100115-40

C

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1Colombia00000000
2Greece00000000
3Ivory Coast00000000
4Japan00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uruguay00000000
2Costa Rica00000000
3England00000000
4Italy00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland00000000
2Ecuador00000000
3France00000000
4Honduras00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina00000000
2Bos-Herze00000000
3Iran00000000
4Nigeria00000000

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany00000000
2Portugal00000000
3Ghana00000000
4USA00000000

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium00000000
2Algeria00000000
3Russia00000000
4South Korea00000000
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