Chile beat Australia 3 -1

June 14, 2014 at 2:11 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Australia, Australia News, Chile, Chile News, News

Jorge Valdivia (R) of Chile celebrates his 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group B preliminary round match between Chile and Australia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, 13 June 2014.
Jorge Valdivia (R) of Chile celebrates his 2-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group B preliminary round match between Chile and Australia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, 13 June 2014.

The Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá hosted the Chile and Australia on Friday night and saw Chile claim their first victory of the championship beating Australia 3-1.

The Chileans opened the scoring early with a goal from Barcelona forward Alexis Sánchez in the 12th minute. Less than 2 minutes later Jorge Valdívia netted a beauty from the 18 yard box, scoring his first goal for Chile in four years.

This fiery start left the Australian defence looking shaky, leaving room for players like Arturo Vidal to make threatening attempts at goal.

In the 30th minute the cracks in the Socceroos’ game were exposed allowing the Chileans free play in the 18 yard box.

The Australians managed to re-group and show why they are ranked in FIFA’s top 60 when Tim Cahill put them on the scoreboard with a beautiful goal making the score 2-1.

The Socceroos played with determination into the dying minutes of the first half and seemed to be gaining traction after the half-time break with play that gave Chile and the spectators a show.

Cahill was the liveliest of the players on the pitch, but his 52nd minute goal was ruled off-side.

Australia dictated the play in the second half, but during extra time Chilean substitute Jean Beausejour scored the game’s final goal securing the side’s win.

The Chileans join the Netherlands, who beat Spain 5-1 earlier on, as the Group B leaders on the night.

Lebogang Mokoena

 


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