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Chile overcome stubborn Australia in high tension match

Published on: 14 June 2014
orge Valdivia of Chile (L) celebrates scoring the teams second goal with Arturo Vidal (C) and Gary Medel (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)


Chile gained a narrow victory over Australia, with the underdogs almost making a sensational comeback after falling two goals down early.

Australia had gotten off to a poor start as goals from Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia saw them trail 2-0 after 14 minutes, but Tim Cahill scored at his third World Cup to get his side back into the game, before they went close several times in the second half, before Jean Beausejour eventually made things secure for Chile in injury-time.

 Chile sent out a very bizarre lineup, but it looked as though they were going to steamroll Australia in the opening spell.

They took just twelve minutes to take the lead, and Australia did themselves no favours, with defence and goalkeeper all at sea to allow Alexis Sanchez to score with a simple finish. Just seventy seconds later Chile had made it two - Sanchez turned provider to find Jorge Valdivia on the edge of the area, and the playmaker curled a brilliant effort home that gave Mat Ryan no chance.

The South Americans were looking like crushing their opponents and it seeemed only a matter of how many they would get.

Yet as much as Chile were dominant, thedecision to field two diminutive full-backs as a centre-back pairing against a team whose strategy mostly revolves around crossing to a striker who is strong in the air came back to haunt them. Cahill easily climbed above Gary Medel to meet Franjic's cross and fired in a brilliant header to give Australia a way back into the game.

In the second half, Chile would have been expected to resume their onslaught, but it was Australia who turned on the style.

Howard once again had the ball in the net, but was rightly called offside, as the underdogs continued to threaten. Chances became fewer and fewer between in the game, but Chile were incredibly forced back ever deeper as Australia grew into the game, forcing them into their own area for long spells.

Cahill simply wasn't being dealt with by Chile, and he perhaps ought to have had a second, but landed another header onto the roof of the net, as Australia's opponents became noticably nervous and jittery, with Matthew Leckie also missing a decent aerial chance.

In the end, however, Chile were able to hang on for the three points, and wrapped up their victory in injury-time when Jean Beausejour took advantage of a desperate Australia to break and unleash a long-range shot which got past Ryan and into the net.

Although Australia will be third in the group, ahead of the current World Champions, Spain. Chile will need to reassess themselves after having their weaknesses so widely exploited in the second half, and will just be glad to get out of the game alive.

Australia, meanwhile, have much to be proud about their performance, but if they were going to get out of the group, this was their opportunity.

Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena, Diaz, Vidal (Gutierrez 60'), Aranguiz, Valdivia (Beausejour 68'), Sanchez, Vargas (Pinilla 84').

Goals: Sanchez 12', Valdivia 14', Beausejour 90+2'

Australia: Ryan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Wilkinson, Franjic (McGowan 49'), Miligan, Jedinak, Leckie, Bresciano (Troisi 81'), Oar (Halloran 69'), Cahill.

Goals: Cahill 35'


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  • Kwaku says:
    June 14, 2014 07:00 am
    @selfmade...ur analysis is spot on but I doubt it will come to that.....Ghana is fighting for herself and we don't need the children of hitler to help us qualify. At the last World Cup, Germany themselves lost to a not so good Serbian side and had to stretch themselves to brat ghana narrowly to qualify. There are weaknesses in that German team that Kwesi appiah can exploit to ghana's advantage if only he's got the technical eyes to see. Oseeee Ghana
  • PITO says:
    June 14, 2014 07:53 am
    @selfmade your analysis is on point. I dont know if our players have themselves noticed the plot to kick us out. We need to be very wary of USA and dont play with our chances at alll. ONLY WAY to win is if we take our chances and defenders and strikers keep their concentration level to a 100% on the pitch. We can beat USA a third time!
  • yaw says:
    June 14, 2014 06:36 am
    More vim for blackstars.
  • Keleele says:
    June 14, 2014 04:21 am
    Interesting conspiracy theory but I don't think it will come to this. The Germans themselves are as vulnerable as any other team in this group. Again the Yanks will at least have to pick a draw against Ghana or the Portuguese before one can start giving this theory a thought. The Germans on the other hand will have to pick the maximum points against Ghana and Portugal before they can effectively do this favour. You don't forget the Germans would like to finish top to avoid the winner of the other group in the round of 16. You made an interesting analysis but I really doubt it will come to that.
  • keith from germany says:
    June 14, 2014 04:23 am
    @selfmade we dont have to game a damn about the germans. All we gotta do is to concerntrate on our ownselves and our own games. with or without them ghana will definately put a smile on ppl faces.
  • keith from germany says:
    June 14, 2014 04:27 am
    we dont have to give a damn abt the germans n what they are doing. Those german-born american are all called here in germany as soldiers babies. their fathers are or were stationed here in germany as soldiers. i kno alot of german american soldiers babies. let us wait n see wats gonna happen
  • selfmade says:
    June 14, 2014 03:45 am
    Klinsi was the man who hired Joachim low as his assistant when he was the manager of the German national team!! The united states is full of german-americans! About five of their players are germans! Their scouts for this WC are all Germans, Berti voghts and Matthias hamman! Anyone remember voghts? He was the head coach of Nigeria when Ghana eliminated them in CAN 2008! When was fired immediately the Nigerian team fly back to Nigeria! Is there a connection here? Now combined all these factors togather and u can see what am driving at! Klinsman,Berti,hamman,Joachim low and the five german-american players and your guess is as good as mine! In fact according to reports, no German wants the USA to be eliminated in Brazil and should the group goes to the tie, German ll either play soft for the yanks to go thru!! German already has done that before against an African opponent in the WC where they play soft for the African opponent to be eliminated! We have to OPEN OUR EYES AND WATCH BOTH GERMANY AND USA VERY KEENLY BECAUSE I CAN SEE A CONSPIRACY TAKEN PLACE! A word to the wise is .... FIFA is a very corrupt organization!
  • selfmade says:
    June 14, 2014 03:47 am
    We have to beat the americans by any means possible because we can't trust Germany or Portugal!