A fancied Chile side secured a victory underdogs Australia to ensure a winning start to life in Group B although they were not as convincing as many would have expected.
La Roja raced into a 2-0 lead with two goals in quick succession.
The first came after just 12 minutes when Eduardo Vargas’ header was deflected into the path of Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez who calmy opened the scoring although Matthew Ryan could have perhaps done better in the Australian goal. Charles Aranguiz supplied the original cross.
Chile doubled their lead soon after through when Jorge Valdivia curled home an effort when he was in acres of space thanks to an intelligent Vargas run that led all the Aussie defenders away from the pace of the game. Sanchez was causing trouble again down the right and it was his pass that set up Valdivia.
Australia looked down and out after just quarter of an hour but they did strike back ten minutes before the break when Tim Cahill beat Cardiff’s Gary Medel in the air to power home on of his trademark headers.
The Socceroos’ main goal threat caused panic in the Chile defense again straight after but his fierce shot was saved by Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Cahill thought he had level the scores eight minutes into the second period but a second header from him was correctly ruled out for offside.
Jean Beausejour finished the tie with a drilled shot from long distance after Ryan had cleared the ball away as Vargas surged on goal.
Mark Bresciano also came close with a volley from just inside the area but Bravo palmed it away comfortably.
Chile threatened in the second half themselves on the hour mark when Vargas squirmed a shot under Ryan but Alex Wilkinson covered well to clear it off the line.