2014 FIFA World Cup: Chile vs Australia - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
Chile beat Australia 3-1 in the second match of Group B in Cuiba. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for the South American's and then provided as assist for Valdivia in quick succession.
Tim Cahill pulled one back for Australia with a wonderful header. But Jean Beausejour, put the game to bed late on with a clinical finish. Chile move to second place in the group behind the Netherlands while Australia are in third place ahead of Spain on goal difference.
FULL TIME: Chile 3 - 1 Australia
90+2' - Pinilla's shot is blocked by Ryan, but Beausejour gets the rebound and slots the ball home from close range. That surely puts the game to bed. Chile have won this.
90+2' - Goal! Jean Beausejour
90' - 4 minutes of added on time is signaled by the ref's assistant. Australia have hardly any time to score an equalizer here. With Spain and Netherlands in the group, this is a must win match for both teams.
88' - Substitution for Chile. Eduardo Vargasoff. Mauricio Pinilla on.
86' - Card C. Aránguiz goes into the ref's book as he gets a yellow card for his poor tackle on Halloran.
85' - Sanchez reverse passes to Vargas, but Spiranovic is out quickly to prevent any danger. Good play.
82' - Only 8 minutes plus injury left for Australia to salvage something from this match. They need to get in more balls so Cahill can use his most potent weapon - the header.
80' - Beausejour accelerates beyond Leckie and takes a shot, which is blocked by Spiranovic.
78' - Another substitution for Australia - Mark Bresciano is replaced by James Troisi.
75' - Halloran takes on Isla on the left but the latter resolutely defends and even earns a throw-in off the former.
73' - Vargas was through on goal there but the ref stops the play for off-side. Real scare for the Australian. Replay suggests Vargas was on level with the last defender. First debatable call of this match by the ref.
71' - Cahill once again with a header that just goes above the crossbar. He rose above Jara and connected. Such a threat he has been throughout this match.
70' - Substitution for Australia as Thomas Oar is replaced by Ben Halloran.
69' - Substitution for Chile with Valdivia going off and Jean Beausejour coming on.
68' - Mark Daniel Milligan is shown a yellow card by the ref. He recklessly fouled Sanchez who has been a problem for Australia throughout this match.
65' - Leckie on a marauding run that takes him into the penalty box of the opposition. The last defende, Jara prevents him from scoring a great goal.
62' - Wilkinson with a heroic save off the line to keep Australia in the match.Vargas's shot was slowly rolling into the goal with the goalkeeper beaten.
61' - Substitution for Chile. Arturo Vidal is off. On comes F. Gutiérrez.
59' - Australia are now applying more pressure in search of an equalizer. Chile have been mostly restricted to their own half. They have not created any clear-cut openings in this half.
58' - Second yellow card of the match is awarded to Jedinak as he fouls Sanchez.
56' - Once again its Leckie with a cross from the left flank. Medel does not completely deal with danger and the ball falls at the fee of Bresciano who strikes it first time. Bravo saves but the rebound again falls to Bresciano who strikes again and Bravo completes the double save.
53' - Leckie's cross is one again headed in the net by Cahill. But the goal is rightly disallowed by the red for an an off-side. Cahill was clearly ahead of his marker when the cross came in. Ref was spot on.
51' - Cross comes in and is met again by Cahil. The direction was not precise but the replay shows Jara had been grabbing his shirt thereby not letting him the desired space. Cahill is furious but the ref not seeing that.
49'- Substitution for Australia, their first of the match - Ivan Franjic comes off and he is replaced by Ryan McGowan
48' - Australia get straight on the attack. They have early possession here and putting some good moves together especially down the flanks.
46' - And the second half is underway.
HALF TIME: Chile 2 - 1 Australia
Alexis Sanchez has been the star of the first half with a goal and an assist. Chile dominated the first 25 minutes of the match and looked like adding a third goal as well. Cahill's header was given Australia a ray of hope to rescue a point from this match. They have grown in confidence after pulling a goal back.
45' - Australia need to defend a free-kick just before the end of the first half. They manage to thwart away the danger. That's it the ref has blown his whistle for a breather.
43' - Tim Cahill becomes the first player to go into the ref's book. He picks up a yellow card for having an unnecessary argument with the ref.
First booking of the game, and it's flashed in the direction of Australia's goalscorer. An indeterminable one for me, he must have had a snarky word or two for the referee!
42' - Aranguiz, Valdivia and Isla combine to put on a wonderful move. Isla manages to get a cross in, but he can't find a player in red.
39' - Australia are right back in this match. They are looking very confident on the ball with each passing minute. This is no longer a one sided contest.
36' - Australia break again. They seem to have found some energy after that goal. Cahill moves swiftly into the space behind the Chile defense. His shoot is saved by the goalie. Cutting back a cross for his teammates in the box would have been a better option.
35' - Cross comes in from the right side and Tim Cahill out-jumps Gary Medel to score a wonderful header giving absolutely no chance to the keeper. Great finish by the Red Bull's man.
35'- GOAL! Tim Cahill
30' - Chile are controlling the tempo of the match very nicely. They have remained contact and not proved Australia with any openings.
28' - Australia's captain Jedinak makes a clumsy tackle on Sanchez. it looks like that's the only way to stop him today.
27' - Leckie moves to the byeline, but his cross is a shocker. Cahill go is an excellent header of the ball had got himself in a good position.
23' - Spiranovic nearly got the ball taken off him by Sanchez inside his own box. Australia can't afford any further lapses in concentration. It is already an uphill battle for them.
22' - Poor free-kick. This sums up the effort of the team so far. Oak smashes the ball straight into the two-men wall. Complete waste of a good position.
21' - Australia earn a free kick in the Chile half. All their best players are forward to try and nick a goal from this set piece.
20' - Oar with an effort from distance. Finally some positive signs of a fightback from the Australians. The shot is not on target though.
16' - Australia are facing problems to gain possession. Valdivia wins a corner for Chile. Pressure building up the men in yellow.
14' - Sanchez prances forward with the ball and squares it up for Valdivia, who just nails the finish from inside the box. 1 goal and 1 assist for Chile's star man Sanchez inside 15 minutes of this match.
14' - GOAL! J. Valdivia
12' - Sanchez started and finished that move. Aranguiz crosses the ball, which is kindly drops to the Barcelona player after two players compete for the header. Sanchez takes a touch and coolly slots the ball into the net.
A move started and finished by the Barcelona star! With his back to goal in the box, he heels the ball to Aranguiz, who tangos past Ryan inside the area, clipping the ball back towards a briefly unguarded net. No Chilean can win the header, but the ball drops to Sanchez, who applies the finish!
12' - GOAL! Alexis Sanchez
8' - The physical aspect of the Chile team is evident from the fact they have been drawing repeated warnings from the ref.
6' - Chile are dominating possession so far. They have complete control of the midfield and Australia are finding it hard to seize control of the ball in the middle of the park.
4' - Alexis Sanches has the ball on Chile's right, he cuts inside and tries to thread a ball for Mena, who can't make it in time. The ball is out for a goal-kick.
2' - Cahill and Vidal involved in a tussle for the ball. Two warriors on either side. Their match-up will be feisty
1' - Here we go. Chile have early possession of the ball, all the players getting a early touch.
Time for toss and the exchange of the pleasantries before both teams go for broke. Chile are in a huddle, some last minute motivational talk by the captain.
The final match of Day 2 of the World Cup is about to begin. The Spain-Netherlands match has set the tone for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This match promises to be yet another cracking affair.
Australia: Ryan, Franjic, Davidson, Cahill, Milligan, Spiranovic, Leckie, Oar, Jedinak (c), Wilkinson, Bresciano
Chile: Bravo (c), Mena, Isla, Sanchez, Vidal, Valdivia, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz
In the last match on Day 2 of the FIFA World Cup, Chile take on Australia in the second match of Group B. After a shock result in the first match of this group, where Netherlands beat defending champions Spain 5-1, this games because all the more important for both Australia and Chile.
Chile are most likely to play a 3-4-3 formation. Arturo Vidal is the main player for them as he runs the engine of the team from the middle of the park. However he has been struggling in training in injury and remains a worry for Jorge Sampaoli.
Ange Postecoglou took over the role of head coach of Australia post their 6-0 defeat against France in October. Mile Jedinak is their captain and key player. He was excellent for Crystal Palace during the 2013-14 campaign.
Their team will be up for a physical battle against Chile especially with players like Tim Cahill in their ranks. Chile will consider themselves as favorites for this match as they have some of Europe`s best players who know how to handle the pressure in big games.
With Spain and Netherlands as favorites to go through from this group, people are looking to Chile to spring up a suprise in this group.