South American outfit Chile walloped the Socceroos 3-1 to earn the second spot in Group B. The La Rojas scored two goals in as many minutes early in the first off to land the killer blow to the outsiders. They took a well deserved lead through Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez, who shot home a goal in the 12th minute. He then turned provider for the second one as his pass met Valdivia, who curled the shot to earn their second goal at the 14thminute mark.
Australia managed to pull one back thanks to former Everton man Tim Cahill, who climbed up high in the 35th minute mark and ‘headed’ yet another goal into the back of the net. Cahill has made a name for himself for scoring with ‘headers’ and today was no different.
The half ended with a 2-1 scoreline. But Australia were not ready to give in. They dominated proceedings in the second half notching up chance after chance to no avail. In an attempt to still look for the equalizer, they strode front, exposing the defense and substitue Jean Beausejour nailed one past the Australian goal keeper to give Chile their third goal in extra time.
The Scoreline does not depict the true picture of the match as Australia played some good football. But Chile was slightly better on the night and hence the Socceroos walk away with no points in the bag.
Spain will be vary of this result as they need to beat both Chile and Australia with convincing goal margins to try to nail the second spot. This result will give Jorge Sampaoli’s side the much needed momentum heading into the next match against Spain, that is a must win battle for the La Furia Rojas.
Chile: Bravo, Diaz, Jara, Isla, Vidal, Valdivia, Mena,Vargas, Medel, Alexis, Aranguiz.
Felipe Gutierrez (for Vidal, 60′)
Jean Beausejour (for Valdivia, 68′)
Mauricio Pinilla (for Vargas, 88′)
Australia: Ryan, Milligan, Cahill, Franjic, Davidson, Leckie, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Jedinak, Oar, Bresciano.
Ryan McGowan (for Franjic, 49′)
Ben Halloran (for Oar, 69′)
James Troisi (for Bresciano, 78′)
Man of the match – Alexis Sanchez was the man to watch out for and he proved why. The Barcelona man scored a neat goal and set up one for his team mate to help Chile dominate the bout. His form will be a key factor in Chile’s exploits and so far, they don’t have anything to worry about.