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World Cup Match Report: Chile beat Australia and their inflatable kangaroo 3-1

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Sanchez leads Chile to 3-1 win over Australia

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Chile's Mauricio Isla (4) watches as Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the first half of the group B World Cup soccer match between Chile and Australia in the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Instant Analysis

Chile scored twice early and then held off a surprisingly challenging Australia to win 3-1. Chile looked like they might score 10 goals after Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the 10th minute and Jorge Valdivia added another just four minutes later. But Australia showed that they're not just in Brazil to fill their autograph books when Tim Cahill scored in his third consecutive World Cup in the 35th minute. Australia continued to test Chile while valiantly keeping their attack at bay until La Roja finally put the game out of reach with a third goal in added time.

Man of the Match

Alexis Sanchez, Chile.

Buzzy Moment

When Tim Cahill went full Socceroo to rise above a Chilean defender and score Australia's goal, there was only one way to celebrate.

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Australia's Alex Wilkinson makes the goal-line clearance to prevent Chile from scoring their third goal earlier than they did.

What's Next

With three points they had to take, Chile will feel prepared to face a wounded Spain at the Maracana. Australia, meanwhile, will hope the Netherlands got all of the goals out of their system already.

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