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Cahill's offside moment

Tim Cahill was close to evening the score with Chile, but his goal in the second half was immediately disqualified as he was offside. The South Americans eventually took the match 3-1.

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That wraps up our coverage of Australia's first match in Brazil and geez, wasn't it a cracker! 

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See you Thursday morning at 2am for Australia's next game group game against the Netherlands! 

 

Oh Andy, you read my mind! 

 

Ange Postecoglou

"We had belief going into it, we really thought we could get something out of it.

"It was a massive challenge but we matched it with them, we'll try and match it again against the Dutch."

Tim Cahill

"They got into us and really punished us and you could see their legs were going. 

"We stood up strong and it's unfortunate but not a lot went our way and it showed. 

"For me it's about defining moments, being one of the older boys this is the stage to do it on. When they give aggression we have to give it back and I felt we did that." 

Chile rounds off the night with a clinching injury-time goal - a beautiful strike from Jean Beausejour from outside the box. The ball sprung his way after Mat Ryan blocked a different effort but the substitute then smashed a low effort that went past the helpless goalkeeper.

The referee blows for full-time and Chile are 3-1 winners. Perhaps the Socceroos deserved a goal or two more, but the first half was where the game was won and lost. Unfortunately for Australia, those two early Chilean goals made all the difference.

Australia's next match is against the Dutch in Porto Alegre. Given The Netherlands just won 5-1 over Spain, the Socceroos' hopes of qualifying for the next round are now wafer-thin.

FULL TIME IN BRAZIL: AUSTRALIA 1 CHILE 3

A valliant effort from the Australians. Conceding two goals in three minutes (14th & 16th) cost them dearly early on, but they made Chile work very hard for their win. 

At least we're sitting above Spain on the ladder! 

 

 

92nd minute 

GOOOOOOAAAAAAL TO CHILE! 

Beausejour the scorer - long range effort

Australia sunk in dying stages of match. There's now flares going off in the crowd. 

AUS 1-3 CHI 

90th min - Someone's going to have to pull something incredible out of the bag here. Only a few more chances for Aus. Ryan kicks long down field but it's given to Chile for a throw in. 

Four mins of extra time.

AUS 1-2 CHI

Australia's Alex Wilkinson clears an attempt at goal by Chile's Eduardo Vargas.

Australia's Alex Wilkinson clears an attempt at goal by Chile's Eduardo Vargas. Photo: Reuters

86th min - Dying stages for Australia here 

Aranguiz booked by the ref - shown a yellow card. Australia down the good end of the field. Matt Leckie has a shot but it's stopped by a wall of Chilean defenders. Still down Chile's end. 3 mins of regular time to go. 

AUS 1-2 CHI  

Chile's Eduardo Vargas is challenged by Australia's Alex Wilkinson. Click for more photos

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Chile's Eduardo Vargas is challenged by Australia's Alex Wilkinson. Photo: AP

82nd min - Australia are rushing up ON Chile and are making them work terribly hard to get out of their own half. 10 mins to go. Commentators calling for Australia to throw players forward in a bid to get this equalising goal. Seriously tense stuff. 

AUS 1-2 CHI  

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Australia's Tim Cahill (4) collides with Chile's Gary Medel during the second half of the group B World Cup match between Chile and Australia in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Australia's Tim Cahill (4) collides with Chile's Gary Medel during the second half of the group B World Cup match between Chile and Australia in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photo: AP

Last roll of the dice for the Socceroos now as James Troisi comes on for Mark Bresciano. A good change, for while Bresciano improved in this half, Troisi brings raw pace and that's where Chile's defence have looked most vulnerable.

He gets 10 minutes to turn the game Australia's way.

78th min - The Socceroos second half has been brilliant, but geez wouldn't it only be fair if we could square it up? Spiranovic showing great cover after a cross from the left wing from Chile. Socceroos probably should have had a free kick outside the 18-yard box. 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

75th min - Jedinak fouled. Tim Cahill gets some space around the box. A counterattack from Chile's Vargas is deemed to be offside. Australia pressing yet again. Am I repeating myself? 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

Chile's Claudio Bravo saves the ball shot by Australia's Mark Bresciano.

Chile's Claudio Bravo saves the ball shot by Australia's Mark Bresciano. Photo: Reuters

He's having an absolute blinder isn't he 

 

Changes for both teams as Tommy Oar is replaced by Ben Halloran - which means Halloran will have to go to the left, despite being a right-footer. Oar just seemed to run out of petrol in the end after working hard all night. For Chile, Valdivia makes way for Jean Beausejour, a fine player in his own right.

As soon as the subs were done, Cahill headed just over - they simply can't contain him. He remains Australia's one and only true threat.

There's 20 minutes left for Australia to salvage a point they desperate need.

70th min - Davidson fires a cross into Tim Cahill whose header goes about 30cm above the crossbar. How good is Cahill on the head! Free kick to Chile given about 10 metres outSIDE the box but it's wasted.

AUS 1-2 CHI  

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66th min - Matt Leckie what a run! 70 m down field and almost gets the shot away despite being cramped by defenders in the box. You can't help but feel that momentum is well and truly with Australia. 

Australia's Mark Milligan is shown a yellow card

AUS 1-2 CHI 

Eduardo Vargas nearly put Australia's hopes to bed as he chipped Mathew Ryan from close range but Alex Wilkinson raced in to clear off the line. The Socceroos are living dangerously at the back against such a rampant attack - but it's worth nothing Australia looks as though they could get an equaliser. There's more goals in this game, potentially at either end.

62min - Chile centimetres from scoring down Australia's end. Aus run down the other end and Bresciano has a shot but misses. Plenty of shots at goal. Not a dull game by any means. Get around the Socceroos Australia wherever you're cheering from! 

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58th min - Australia pressing again. We're having great chances to get back in this game.

If we're going to score, now is out best chance - things going our way!

Chile's Vidal off for midfield substitute Gutierrez.

AUS 1-2 CHI

Tim Cahill of Australia reacts after a disallowed goal during the match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal.

Tim Cahill of Australia reacts after a disallowed goal during the match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal. Photo: Getty Images

56th min what a save! Chile absolutely stunned as Australia start to play out of their skin.

Bresciano has a shot on goal which is bumped away low to Chilean keeper Bravo's left.

Almost the equaliser! 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

It looked for a moment as though Australia had equalised as Tim Cahill - again - headed a great cross from Mathew Leckie into the net. Just as a nation began to believe in the impossible, the linesman raised his flag. Replays showed it was the right call and this time it's Chile who are breathing a who sigh of relief.

There's real belief about the Socceroos now. Although Chile continue to create the bulk of chances, Cahill's presence is making them very, very nervous.

Tim Cahill had a goal ruled out for offside.

Tim Cahill had a goal ruled out for offside. Photo: Getty Images

First substitution for the Socceroos as Ivan Franjic comes off with injury. Ryan McGowan will come on as his replacement. Franjic thumps the roof of the bench - he could be in doubt for the next few games judging by his immediate reaction. McGowan is not a natural right-back and this could cause issues if he's not at his best.

GOAL DISALLOWED - Tim Cahill cm offside! Narrowest of margins. Cahill headed the ball in the back of the net but was deemed to have been just too far on the defensive line. Wow. 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

Poll: Was Tim Cahill's disallowed goal a fair call?

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49th min - Chile pressing again but Tommy Oar covering Sanchez. Another clearance from Wilkinson. 

Tim Cahill blowing up! Reckons his shirt was pulled. And he was definetely held back while heading the ball. A penalty in the box would have been very nice indeed!

AUS 1-2 CHI 

Poll: Who will be the World Cup's top scorer?

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Cristiano Ronaldo

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Robin van Persie

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Vargas wants Franjic to "leave me alone": Chile's Eduardo Vargas battles for the ball with Australia's Ivan Franjic as he does whatever's necessary to defend.

Vargas wants Franjic to "leave me alone": Chile's Eduardo Vargas battles for the ball with Australia's Ivan Franjic as he does whatever's necessary to defend. Photo: AP

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has delivered his message to the team and now they emerge back onto the field for the second half.

He's come into the role with a mission to get the Socceroos playing possession-based football and there's no time to start like right now. Australia must get their foot on the ball more in this second half - 32 per cent is not nearly enough at this level.

Mark Bresciano needs to impose himself in the attacking midfield role and Mile Jedinak needs to win everything in the middle of the park. On the left, Tommy Oar looks threatening and is giving Mauricio Isla some headaches - that's an avenue worth exploiting further.

Oh, and no more defensive slip-ups.

46th minute - Back into it and Australia are down Chile's end, but now it's turned over to Isla.

Craig Foster - "It's a new Australian team this second half." 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

'Good luck, Mike': Tony Abbott gets Socceroos skipper's name wrong

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For those cricketers out there who don't understand football. 

 

Can't get enough of the pix of Cahill's goal: The Chilean keeper, Bravo, knows what's coming but he can't stop it

Can't get enough of the pix of Cahill's goal: The Chilean keeper, Bravo, knows what's coming but he can't stop it Photo: AP

Chile have managed a staggering 68 per cent of possession while Australia have committed 10 fouls to five - a sure sign of how defensive the Socceroos have been in the opening 45 minutes.

Australia are playing so deep that they are, at times, bringing the pressure on themselves by inviting the Chileans forward. That's a risky strategy considering the supreme talents of Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia, not to mention Eduardo Vargas.

While all the talk pre-game was about the surprise inclusion of Arturo VIdal, it's hard to say if the Juventus star has had an overwhelming impact. Most of the real chances have come down the right side, where Sanchez is running amok.

Check out photos from the first half.

Chile's Eduardo Vargas is challenged by Australia's Alex Wilkinson. Click for more photos

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Chile's Eduardo Vargas is challenged by Australia's Alex Wilkinson. Photo: AP

Half-time here at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba and the mood is a heck of a lot better than it was 20 minutes ago, when it looked as though the Socceroos were headed for a calamity.

Goals to Chile's legendary forward Alexis Sanchez and captain Jorge Valdiva inside the opening 15 minutes threatened to blow the game apart and it seemed a disaster was apparent.

The Socceroos looked nervous, unsure of themselves and to be honest, totally outclassed by La Roja. There appeared no way back until on a rare foray forward, Ivan Franjic looped a ball to Tim Cahill, who headed home a superb header after a typically elongated hang-time

Well said Jimmy! 

 

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Poll: Can the Socceroos come back from the early two-goal deficit?

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HALF TIME: AUSTRALIA 1 CHILE 2

After enormous pressure early doors, Australia have clawed their way back into the contest. 

Bring on the second half! #cmonaussie

Timmaaaay: Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring.

Timmaaaay: Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring. Photo: Reuters

45th min

Poor kick from Bresciano and easily dealt with by Chile. 

Chile have a free kick within range seconds before half time 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

You bloody beauty: Australia's Tim Cahill rises high to knock in a header against Chile.

You bloody beauty: Australia's Tim Cahill rises high to knock in a header against Chile. Photo: Reuters

43rd min - Free kick to Australia outside 18 year box. Could it be? 

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Australia's Tommy Oar runs with the ball, next to Chile's Alexis Sanchez.

Australia's Tommy Oar runs with the ball, next to Chile's Alexis Sanchez. Photo: Reuters

41st min - Tough first half for Matt Leckie but he's hanging in there. Foul on Sanchez courtesy of a push in the back from Jedinak. 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

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Extraordinary - Australia have pulled a goal back from nowhere, and no prizes for guessing it was Tim Cahill who grabbed the equaliser.

He saw the move unfolding a long way out, too, as Ivan Franjic and Mathew Leckie excahnged passes on the right. Cahill begged for the ball to be played in, knowing he had a height advantage on Gary Medel. Leckie eventually sent Franjic through - who won the ball originally in a good challenge - and he whipped in a perfect cross.

The keeper was off his line when he realised he wouldn't meet the ball, and Medel's jump was hopeless compared with Cahill's leap. Pride restored, but more than that Australia finally has hope as half-time closes in.

You beauty!: Tim Cahill heads home for Australia.

You beauty!: Tim Cahill heads home for Australia. Photo: Reuters

Possession - Chile (69%) Aus (31%) #grind 

37th min - Cahill has another crack seconds later and it's deflected Chilean keeper Bravo. Australia are taking it to Chile and what a wonderful response this is. A counter attack. Last thing we need is a goal to get Chile back ahead at the half way mark. 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

TIM CAHILL'S DONE IT, WHAT A LEGEND, GIVE HIM A KNIGHTHOOD! 

A beautiful header. A wonderful header. The best header. We're back in business, baby! 

AUS 1-2 CHI 

CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Tim Cahill of Australia goes up for a header against Gary Medel of Chile and scores a goal past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Click to play video

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Classic Tim Cahill goal against Chile

Watch again the Aussie striker's headed goal that put the Socceroos on the board in their World Cup match against Chile... classic Cahill.

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You know we're in trouble when Tim Cahill is winning headers from corners - in defence, that is.

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33rd min -  A break from Mena down the left side results in a corner to Chile. C'mon Australia, let's keep them out! Big moment in the context of the game. Tim Cahill heads it out...phew! 

AUS 0-2 CHI 

Chile's Jorge Valdivia (10) celebrates with Arturo Vidal (8) and Gonzalo Jara (18) after Valdivia scored his side's second goal during the first half of the group B World Cup match between Chile and Australia in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Chile's Jorge Valdivia (10) celebrates with Arturo Vidal (8) and Gonzalo Jara (18) after Valdivia scored his side's second goal during the first half of the group B World Cup match between Chile and Australia in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photo: AP

Australian fans behind the Chilean goal standing to deliver a rendition of "C'mon Aussie, C'mon". What the Socceroos wouldn't give for a strapping Dennis Lillee at centre-half right now. It's threatening to turn ugly in Cuiaba. Surely all those fans who forked out five-figure sums to be here deserve better.

In attack, Mathew Leckie is showing his pace down the right but his lack of control is frustrating, especially for Tim Cahill, who is on the end of almost nothing right now. Not that it's his fault, mind you.

29th min - Chile just knocking it around casually. A long ball to Isla on the right goes just right of him and out of play. 

AUS 0-2 CHI

26th min - Yet again Australia have just thrown away the ball. Need to get back to their structures and not waste opportunities, because, they won't be coming all too often. Sanchez is left one on one and looks dangerous. Brisbane Roar's Matt Lackie makes a break down the left wing, but hit shot (whilst falling over) goes well over the cross bar. Our best chance of a goal yet. 

AUS 0-2 CHI  

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23rd minute - Spiranovic fluffs a chance in front of goal for the Aussies. Vidal misses to the left for Croatia. Surely we can sneak one in the back of the net? Any danger? 

AUS 0-2 CHI

Ouch, that hurts ...

Although few expected Australia could win, or even draw this game, the Socceroos are now faced with a disastrous opening to the World Cup if they can't respond quickly. Tommy Oar just fired a reasonable effort that went wide but they'll have to fine-tune their radar if there's anything to be gained from this game. There's a palpable sense of shock among the Australian fans present and who can blame them?

19th minute - Tommy Oar has a crack from long range but it goes wide. Chile have come out all blazing and a counter attack is our only way of staying in the contest. Very important period this. Can't let it slip right away before half time. 

Alexis Sanchez of Chile shoots and scores against goalkeeper Mathew Ryan of Australia.

Alexis Sanchez of Chile shoots and scores against goalkeeper Mathew Ryan of Australia. Photo: Getty Images

A calamitous few minutes for the Socceroos as they concede twice, and it's who else but Alexis Sanchez who has made the difference, scoring one and setting up the other.

The first goal came when Charles Aránguiz snuck behind the Australian defence and brought Mat Ryan off his line but the keeper couldn't get to the ball. Aránguiz dinked his cross into space and while Mile Jedinak headed it down, Sanchez was on hand to blast home. Although Ryan got a touch, he couldn't keep it out.


With the shock of that goal still sinking in, Australia were caught again by a rampant Chilean attack. Sanchez's dazzling feet bore a hole in the Australian defence and he spotted Jorge Valdivia sprinting into the clear. Valdivia took a touch and then blasted into the corner, far beyond the reach of Ryan.

Wow! Australia desperately trying to get some breathing space what a frantic start it's been! 

A shot on goal is grabbed by Matt Ryan. If this is a sign of things to come, we can expect a cricket score! 

AUS 0-2 CHI 

AND ANOTHER! SOCCEROOS DOWN BY TWO GOALS IN 13 MINS 

A ball from Sanchez results in a beautiful finish from Chilean midfielder Valdivia.

As Bill Lawry would say - it's all happening! 

AUS 0-2 CHI 

13 mins 

Chile's Jorge Valdivia celebrates his goal.

Chile's Jorge Valdivia celebrates his goal. Photo: Reuters

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CHILE GOOOOAAAAALLLLL! 

Aranguiz crosses a ball to Sanchez to sink Australia's hopes of getting off to a good start. 

AUS 0-1 CHI 

12 mins 

Alexis Sanchez of Chile shoots and scores.

Alexis Sanchez of Chile shoots and scores. Photo: Getty Images

10th min - Handball from Chile's Medel doesn't go unnoticed with his extended arm. Ball back with Chile as they press forward

Fans hold up an inflatable kangaroo at Arena Pantanal.

Fans hold up an inflatable kangaroo at Arena Pantanal. Photo: Getty Images

8th min - Half a chance for Australia, Wilkinson gave a nice through ball but swiftly dealt with by the Chilean defenders. Davidson goes long to Tommy Oar. We're down in enemy territory. 

AUS 0-0 CHI 

6th min - Foul on Chilean defender Isla. Australia struggling to find possession early on. Jedinak now fouled, Australia get a free kick. Lets get some touches and build that confidence boys! 

AUS 0-0 CHI 

4th min - Great grab from Australian goal keeper Matt Ryan early doors - great to get his hands on the ball early. Very attacking from Chile, Chile content to spread it wide rather than go through the middle. 

Australia fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Australia fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photo: Getty Images

3rd min - Clearance by Mark Milligan from the back. Jedinak there to cover though, no real threat to the Aussies' defense. Tim Cahill gives away a penalty but shows a nice gesture by helping Chilean player up. 

1st min - Chile with the early possession, just knocking it around. Interesting double yellow option the Socceroos have gone with today! Our football reporter Dom Bossi isn't a fan. 

WE'RE UNDERWAY! Get around our boys Australia! 

Audacious - but I love it. 

 

In the first Socceroos curtain-raiser, Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0

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Sing that anthem loud and proud boys, it's one of the biggest games of your life! 

The Netherlands caused a major upset in the previous match, smashing World Cup champions Spain 5-1

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Well it's been a long wait for the Socceroos, but their World Cup campaign will begin in just under ten minutes! They face an uphill battle to qualify, but never count out an Aussie underdog! 

Just 10 minutes until Australia's World Cup campaign kicks off and there's no doubt who has the numbers in the stands here in Cuiaba - Chilean fans are singing their hearts out and despite some resistance from Australia's impressive strong travelling support, La Roja are making a wall of noise. It's very impressive.

An Aussie legend can't keep himself away from the action. What a player. 

 

Great to see thousands of Australian fans are up early on a Saturday to get behind our boys! 

 

The starting line ups for today's match: 

Australia: Ryan, Franjic, Spiranovic, Wilkinson, Davidson, Bresciano, Milligan, Jedinak, Oar, Cahill, Leckie.

Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena, Aranguiz, Diaz, Vidal, Valdivia, Vargas, Sanchez. 

First it was Paul the octopus predicting results, now we've got a kangaroo doing it! 

 

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Fairfax has five reporters in Brazil: Andrew Webster, Sebastian Hassett, Michael Lynch, Greg Baum and Michael Cockerill, who willalso be throwing their two cents i throughout the match. 

 

Hello and welcome from here at Arena Pantanal, where we're now just 45 minutes away from the Socceroos opening World Cup match against Chile. There's a tremendous of support for both teams here and the noise in and around the stadium is already deafening.

Both teams have just named their starting sides and it's Chile who've sprung the surprise, opting to start star midfielder Arturo Vidal. They talked down his chances of starting until the night before the game, hailing his "remarkable" recovery. We'll soon know whether he issues or it was an elaborate ruse.

Australia will go in as expected, with goalkeeper Mat Ryan behind a defence of Jason Davidson, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson and Ivan Franjic. Mark Milligan will finally start a World Cup game in defensive midfield, alongside captain Mile Jedinak. Tommy Oar is wide attacking left, Mathew Leckie wide attacking right, with Mark Bresciano the number 10. At the point of the attack is who else but Tim Cahill, seeking to save Australia's bacon yet again.

G'day and welcome to Fairfax's live blog of Australia's first World Cup match against Chile. Throughout the blog, we'll be crossing to our man Seb Hassett who is on deck in Brazil to give some analysis from the heart of the action. 

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Australia's Tim Cahill reacts after missing a chance to score a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Chile at the Pantanal arena in Cuiaba June 13, 2014.    REUTERS/Paul Hanna (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)Click to play video

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CUIABA, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Tim Cahill of Australia goes up for a header against Gary Medel of Chile and scores a goal past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Chile and Australia at Arena Pantanal on June 13, 2014 in Cuiaba, Brazil.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Click to play video

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  • I find quite strange. Here we have the media going nuts over a soccer side that has small chance of progressing to the next round let alone win the title.
    Meanwhile over in the Netherlands, we have both the mens and womens hockey teams playing off in the world cup final yet again. Here is a sport that Australia consistently rates at the highest level and yet virtually nothing from the media

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    wallen
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    Korumburra
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 10:21AM
  • Maybe if we had the PM's "Mike" on the team we could of won...

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    Nubs
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    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 10:18AM
  • Right result. Australia have 1 game plan...get the ball to Cahill, like a schoolboy team with one good player. Need a team, not one over the hill player. Spain will put 6 past them Holland will rest pretty much the whole A team against these clowns.

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    paul
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 10:03AM
  • outclassed.......again!

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    Nick
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    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 10:02AM
  • Yay!! Go Chile!!

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    j.birdie
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 9:56AM
  • Can the Chileans do any more diving? This isn't the five-metre springboard World Cup

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    Fair Dinkum
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    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 9:25AM
    • Unfortunately it's Australia reverting to type. Dirty play, copping yellows as they go. If you can't win...cheat, the Australian way.

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      matt
      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 9:34AM
    • No Matt, it's the SOCCER way!

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      TheCutter
      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 10:03AM
  • 2nd half starting....COME ON CHILE!!!

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    Mike
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 9:03AM
  • I'm so glad FIFA made us wear gold shorts - I'd never be able to tell the teams apart otherwise!!!

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    Stephen
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 9:00AM
  • Chile are going to win by five goals. Where is your heart Socceroos?

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    Enrico Carrochio
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    Date and time
    June 14, 2014, 8:17AM
    • Still plenty of time to go Enrico and you boys are looking tired....back to bull fighting for you...

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      Jerry
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      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 8:43AM
    • +1

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      paul
      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 8:48AM
    • Enrico, Chile pulled back and started defending their lead to soon, which allowed a soft goal. If they go back to full pace 2nd half they should still win by 3 or 4

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      matt
      Date and time
      June 14, 2014, 8:59AM
    • Jerry, I'm interested to know why you presume that Enrico is Spanish?

      You know, since a) his name is Italian, and b) they don't practice bullfighting in Chile

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      MJ
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      June 14, 2014, 9:59AM
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