Chile have defeated the Australians 3-1 in Cuiaba, despite a dogged effort from the young Australian team. The game threatened to turn into a rout after Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia put Chile up after 14 minutes, with the Socceroos looking out of their depth. Sanchez kicked off the scoring after some very nice work, with the Chilean beating a few defenders before losing the ball. Australian keeper Mathew Ryan attacked the ball but was beaten by Charles Aranguiz, whose cross found Eduardo Vargas. The resultant header from Vargas fell to Sanchez in space, where he was able to shoot past Ryan. Valdivia scored moments later, finding the space to launch the ball into the top corner past the desperate attempt of Ryan. Australia started to gain some composure, and looked threatening as they started to take some control away from the Chileans. Soon enough, Tim Cahill had a goal back, out-jumping Gary Medel and Gonzalo Jara to head Ivan Franjic’s cross into the back of the net. Australia kept attacking, and threatened to score another, but the sides went in at half time with the score at 2-1.
Cahill missed a couple of opportunities at the start of the second half to level the scores, having a goal disallowed for offside. Marco Bresciano fired at the bottom corner and was only just denied by Claudio Bravo, who was having more to do than Ryan at the other end. Chile had a great opportunity 5 minutes later, Eduardo Vargas just denied on the line by Alex Wilkinson after putting the ball past Ryan. Australia continued pressing, however, with Matthew Leckie, having the game of his life down the right, just placing his header over the bar. Chile seemed unable to string together more than a couple of passes at a time. Leckie’s half-field run was denied desperately by a slide tackle, but Chile seemed to be holding together well enough to deny Australia. The game ticked over into injury time, and the Chileans struck. A nice passing move culminated in Mauricio Pinilla having a shot on goal blocked by Ryan. The shot fell to Jean Beausejour, whose long range strike beat Ryan to put the game beyond doubt.
Cuiaba – Arena Pantanal
Chile 3 (Sanchez 12, Valdivia 14, Beausejour 90+2)
Australia 1 (Cahill 35)
Referee: Noumandiaz Doue (CIV)
Chile: Bravo – Mena, Jara, Medel, Isla, Vidal (Gutierrez 60), Diaz, Aranguiz, Vargas (Pinilla 88), Valdivia (Beausejour 68), Sanchez.
Australia: Ryan – Davidson, Spiranovic, Wilkinson, Franjic (McGowan 48), Milligan, Jedinak, Bresciano (Troisi 78), Oar (Halloran 69), Cahill, Leckie.