by Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (June 13th 2014)
The outside tip for World Cup glory Jorge Sampaoli Moyaʼs Chile beat Ange Postecogluʼs Australia 3-1. Two ahead in under a quarter of an hour, a rout seemed likely. Many commentators pronounced the last rites over the match, fearing a drubbing was on the cards, but Postecoglu has instilled a fighting spirit in Australian football.
After 12 minutes Alexis Sánchez Sánchez, who is leaving Barçelona after the World Cup took advantage of Matthew Ryanʼs error to open the scoring. Two minutes later the pick of the goals was scored by an excellent strike by Jorge Valdivia Toro. However, the Australians dug deep and clawed their way back into the match – qualities instilled by Postecoglu.
Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill left the Chileans in no doubt that they would not roll over and take a thrashing. Ivan Franjićʼs cross was headed in by Cahill after 35 minutes. Try as they did Australia could not find an equaliser although Cahill beat Claudio Bravo Muñoz with another header, but an offside flag cut his celebrations short.
Chile searched for a third and came close when Sánchez put his strike partner Eduardo Vargas Rojas through only for his shot to be cleared off the goal-line. could not find a third to make it safe until Wigan Athleticʼs Jean Beausejour Coliqueo injury time strike from just outside the area made it safe.