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World Cup: Mile's Men Beaten By Chile

14 June 2014

Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak could not prevent Australia falling to a 3-1 defeat against Chile in their opening World Cup match in Brazil. 

Jedinak captained the Socceroos and played the full 90 minutes at the Arena Pantanal, but was powerless to stop the South American side starting their tournament with an impressive victory. 

Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez finished from close range just 12 minutes into Friday night's game, before setting up Jorge Valdivia to make it 2-0 just two minutes later. 

Jedinak rallied his troops though and Australia got themselves back into the game before half time through a trademark Tim Cahill header - and the former Everton man then had a goal disallowed in the second period as the Socceroos looked to steal a morale-boosting point. 

But Chile made sure of the points in stoppage time when a fine strike from Wigan Athletic man Jean Beausejour sealed a 3-1 victory for one of the World Cup's dark horses. 

The defeat leaves Australia third in Group B ahead of reigning world champions Spain on goal difference.

The Socceroos will need to regroup quickly for their next match against the Netherlands on Wednesday, with Louis van Gaal's men on a high following their 5-1 demolition of the Spaniards. 

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