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CHILE IN CONFED CUP SEMIS

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South American giants Chile are straight to the last four of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup after playing a draw against Australia.


The Group B fixture needed to end in a victory for Australia for them to stand a chance at qualifying.

James Troisi, who was among the three forwards for the crucial game, had scored in the 42nd minute but a defensive error helped the Copa America champions level proceedings. Australia had shown good faith but ended up losing their hold and subsequently losing their reason to continue to remain in Russia after the game.

Trent Sainsbury had a solid chance before half time but he sent his effort over the goal. Tim Cahill, who was playing his century game for the national side, also lost chances which could have changed their fate.

The resilience of the Chilean side has earned them a meeting against European champs Portugal next Wednesday. Germany, who defeated African champions Cameroon 3-1 in a game played elsewhere simultaneously, led the group with seven points. Chile finished with five points – due to draws against Germany and the Aussies and their 2-0 victory over Cameroon.

Chilean manager Juan Antonio Pizzi praised their opponents for their style of play, especially their aggression when it mattered. He added that the team found it hard “imposing” their style of play. The Chile side started well with Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal having a goal at goal early. Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez also had his opportunity but Ryan Milligan stopped it last minute. Chile asked for a spot kick but the Video Assistant Referee overruled their claim.

The game went back and forth until Troisi sent the ball over keeper Claudio Bravo after the Chilean side lost the ball in the middle. The equalizer came through substitute Martin Rodriguez to seal the fate of both sides.

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