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Socceroos impress but fall to harsh Chile loss

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It was supposed to be a match that saw Australia get well beaten but the Socceroos showed their class as they pushed Chile all the way but it wasn’t enough as Spain sealed a flattering 3-1 win at Cuiaba on Friday night.

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Australia conceded in the 12th minute as they failed to clear their lines as Chile kept the pressure going and crossed back in to the box, allowing Alexis Sanchez.

Chile quickly continued and in the 14th minute Valdivia was able to find space just inside the area and was able to hit a powerful strike well out of the reach of Mat Ryan to double the lead.

Australia had their first half chance in the 19th minute as Tommy Oar was able to find space on the edge of the area but sent his effort well wide of target.

After a rough start Australia settled in the middle period of the half and had some half chances but Chile were easily in control of the match.

Australia stunned the Chileans in the 36th minute as a cross from Ivan Franjic found Tim Cahill who was able to head home a goal that pulled Australia back in it.

That seemed to spur Australia on and less than a minute later Cahill had another chance as the ball fell to Cahill allowing him to run in on goal, and force a good save to keep Chile in front.

Chile had more control back in the later stages of the first half but the Australian defense looked much more settled and held out the Chileans to keep it 2-1 at the break.

Australia had a scare in the 50th minute as Franjic went off with an injury that will need to be evaluated, bringing Ryan McGowan on.

Cahill thought he’d scored a brace in the 53rd minute as he headed home a goal but was denied as he came back from an offside position, with the assistant sparing Chile.

Mark Bresciano very nearly had an equalizer in the 57th minute as a cross from Franjic went across the face allowing Bresciano to volley the ball toward goal only to be denied by a brilliant save.

Alex Wilkinson came to Australia’s rescue in the 61st minute as Eduardo Vargas was able to find space after a Sanchez pass, drawing Ryan out and hitting a slow roller that Wilkinson rushed back and cleared the ball off the line to keep Australia in the match.

In the 70th minute Cahill nearly had his second as he was able to get a header away on a Jason Davidson cross but sent his effort over the bar.

Tired legs made life tough for Australia, despite not looking troubled Chile managed to grab a third goal in stoppage time after a Ryan save the rebound fell to Jean Beausejour and sealed the win.

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