June 25th saw the final Group B match. This time between Chile vs Australia.
The favorite for this match was Chile. The reason being, Chile according to Fifa’s rankings is the 4th best national team in the world. Australia is at the spot of 48th, so Australia had an uphill battle against them. Though it gets worse for Australia, as they have to win by 3 in order to advance through the group stage. If Australia didn’t win by at least 3 then Chile would be the team moving on. There would be no excuse for Chile if they were able to blow the game enough to be eliminated.
After 21 minutes Australian player, Massimo Luongo, opened up the action with a yellow card. The 31st minute saw another Australian player get booked. This time it was James Troisi who received the yellow card. Only two minutes later, Tim Cahill gave Australia there third yellow card. Australia finally got it together by the 42nd minute, as they were able to strike in the goal with James Troisi–an Australian midfielder–. Australia were now up 1-0. Two goals were now all that separated Chile from elimination. In added time however, Aziz Behich got Australia a fourth yellow card. This concluded the highlights for the first half.
Chile just had to play smart in order to secure their spot in the semi-finals. Chile began the half with two substitutions. They subbed out Charles Aránguiz and José Fuenzalida, for Pablo Hernández and José Fuenzalida. Only twelve minutes later, Australia made a substitution of their own. They subbed in Mathew Leckie to replace Tim Cahill. That same minute Arturo Vidal got Chile their first yellow card of the match. Australia made another substitution during the 62nd minute when that subbed in Jamie Maclaren for Tomi Juric. Chile’s midfielder, Martín Rodríguez, struck in the equalizer in the 67th minute. Chile and Australia were now all tied up at 1-1. Chile looked set to move on. The 72nd minute then saw Australia sub out Trent Sainsbury for Bailey Wright due to injury. Three minutes later Pablo Hernández–a Chilean player–received a yellow card. The final substitution of the day was mad by Chile in the 82nd minute. They subbed in Marcelo Díaz to replace Eduardo Vargas. The 90th minute came, and the match was over.
As this match could of eliminated Chile, it had the capability of throwing Group B into madness. Though this didn’t occur as Chile got the job done. Chile were now advancing onto the elimination rounds.
The Confederations Cup still has more matches to look forward to. We will be covering all the other matches, so if you are interested in what happens for each match but can’t watch them live, then we have got you covered. Big matches will be covered live with play-by-play–our play-by-play focuses on key moments, though a lot is covered–.
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