lightning start

Chile burn off scrappy Australians as Alexis Sanchez pulls the strings

The Socceroos found themselves 2-0 down after 13 minutes but made a decent fist of it.

AUSTRALIA WERE PUT to the Chilean sword early in the first half of their World Cup Group B encounter but fought back to make a scrap of it.

The Socceroos lost 3-1 to Chile after goals from Alexis Sanchez, Jorge Valdivia and Jean Beausejour. Tim Cahill had Australia’s reply. Barcelona attacker Sanchez slotted home after 11 minutes following some head tennis in the Australian box.

Sanchez then teed up Valdivia who curled home from the edge of the box.

Australia responded just after the half hour mark when Cahill did what he usually does best — outjumping his marker to head home. He was close with a low drive, from an acute angle, two minutes later but Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved well with his legs.

Australia thought they were level after the break when Cahill crashed in another header but he was correctly called offside. Marco Bresciano was denied by an excellent, low diving save by Bravo before the tempo tapered off. Beausejour ensured injury time was not nervy as he crisply finished after coming off the bench.

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