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Preview: Caltex Socceroos v Chile

The Caltex Socceroos meet the South American champions in a do-or-die match. Can they keep their Confederations Cup campaign alive with a first-ever win over a classy Chilean side?

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. The Caltex Socceroos have their semi-final destiny in their own hands; if they win by two goals, they’ll make the knockout stages.

2. These two nations have met five times, with Chile winning four games and one match drawn. Their last clash was Chile’s 3-1 victory at the 2014 World Cup.

3. Australia have conceded in the last minute of the first half in both of their matches at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

4. Caltex Socceroos star Tommy Rogic is the only player to score a goal from outside the penalty area at this year’s tournament, with the other 20 goals all coming from inside the box.

AUSTRALIAN SQUAD NEWS

* There are no major injury worries in the Caltex Socceroos squad.

* Fatigue may play a part in Ange Postecoglou’s selections with the likes of Mathew Leckie, Aaron Mooy and Mark Milligan playing all 180 minutes so far, as well as travelling from Sochi to Saint Petersburg and now Moscow in less than a week.

Caltex Socceroos winger Mat Leckie battles hard for possession with a German defender.

* Norwegian-based youngster Alex Gersbach seems set to retain his place at left wing-back after an eye-catching performance against Cameroon.

CURRENT WORLD RANKINGS

Australia: 48

Chile: 4

FINAL WORD

It’s fairly simple for the Caltex Socceroos – win or go home.

A two-goal victory will ensure their passage to the semi-finals, while a one-goal win would leave them relying on the result in the Cameroon v Germany clash.

Australia have shown at this tournament they have the ability to dominate higher-ranked teams.

But a lack of ruthlessness in the final third has meant those periods of dominance haven’t always translated into goals.

That has to change against Chile.

Lapses in concentration defensively – like the one which saw Australia concede against Cameroon – also need to be avoided, with the likes of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez ready to pounce on even the slightest error.

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Australia outshine Chile but exit Russia after draw

In Tim Cahill’s 100th appearance, the Caltex Socceroos have outclassed world number four Chile only to draw 1-1 in an entertaining final group B game at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

At Moscow's Spartak Stadium, the Aussie display was energetic and full of intent throughout, but the result wasn’t enough to make the top two in the group, meaning their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign is now over. 

Re-live Caltex Socceroos v Chile as it happened in the Match Centre here

In Cahill’ 100th the green and gold put on a display of courage and class to shock one of the world’s powers in Chile, who looked second best for most of their encounter in Moscow.

GAME IN SUMMARY

·      Australia were brilliant in the first half. Pressing Chile incessantly, up for the challenge and defending smartly, they outclassed the South Americans and deservedly went to the break a goal to the good.

·      Chile had a penalty shout in the first half but the VAR ruled it out.

·      Tim Cahill lead from the front with a display that belied his 37 years – he set the tone early with his pressing and fierce tackling before he was subbed off just before the hour mark.

·      Chile equalised shortly after Cahill left the pitch on his big day.

·      Australia should’ve retaken the lead on 72 minutes but sub Jamie Maclaren missed from right in front.

GOALS

James Troisi Australia, 41’: 1-0

Australia’s opener summed up their first half. Superb pressing forced a turnover inside the Chile half, and a free Troisi kept his cool when the ball fell to him in the box to calmly dink the ball over Claudio Bravo.

Martin Rodriguez Chile, 66’: 1-1

A scrappy goal after a heading duel went Chile’s way saw the ball fall to Rodriguez in front of goal and he couldn’t miss, poking the ball past Ryan.