Chile have denied a brave fightback from Australia, to win their FIFA World Cup opener 3-1 in Cuiaba on Friday.
Jorge Sampaoli’s men stormed out of the blocks in the Group B affair, with Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia on target inside 14 minutes.
Australia’s all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill popped up to head a goal back for Ange Postecoglou’s side on 35 minutes, as they steadied the ship.
And despite several chances – multiple off the head of Cahill and a brilliantly taken volley from midfielder Mark Bresciano – Australia could not find an equaliser, but did gain plenty of fans as they fought gamely after Chile’s red-hot opening.
And Chile sealed the three points when second-half substitute Jean Beausejour struck from outside the area in injury time.
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