Chile v Australia – Confederations Cup Liveblog

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Welcome from matchday 3 of the FIFA Confederations Cup. We are at the Spartak Stadium to cover Chile v Australia here on our Liveblog.

Chile v Australia – Liveblog

Chile v Australia 1-1

This is it! Chile manages just one point against the Socceroos and finishes second in Group B. Australia got their early goal and then looked poised to score a second goal. But Trent Sainsbury missed a golden opportunity to truly hurt Chile. Germany in the meantime dominated the other game and easily beat Cameroon 3-1. Chile will now travel to Kazan where they will face Portugal and Germany will stay in Sochi to play Mexico.

90 + 2. Minute

Neither side is really trying here. Surely Chile are happy with this result.

90. Minute

Handball shout against Chile, but after a quick look at the VAR the game continues without a penalty.

89. Minute

Four minutes will be added. Will we see a winner here at Spartak Stadium?

86. Minute

Chile seems to be more than happy with this result. There is very little real pressure on Australia now. The Socceroos on the other hand still seem to have a little hope to win this match.

81. Minute

Germany are now winning their match 3-1 against Cameroon. As it stands Germany would be playing Mexico in Sochi and Chile would face Mexico in Kazan.

78. Minute

Another game that is not sold out. But 33,000 is better than expected given the fact that Russia were eliminated last night.

76. Minute

Australia push forward and Robbie Kruse forces Claudio Bravo far off his line. The Manchester City keeper follows Kruse outside the box and manages to clear the ball.

73. Minute

Chile are much improved now. Australia in the meantime seem somewhat deflated.

69. Minute

Eduardo Vargas almost with Chile’s second goal. The Tigres forward receives a great cross from the right wing, but his header just misses the target.


A cross poorly cleared by Australia and the ball falls to Martin Rodriguez, who can easily score from close distance.

65. Minute

Another chance for Australia. Troisi with a finish from 20 yards that misses the net. Germany’s Timo Werner has made it 2-0 for Germany in the other game.

63. Minute

Postecoglou fancies his chances here and makes anothter attacking change. This time he brings Jamie MacLaren for Tomi Juric. Australia need another goal here.

58. Minute

Great chance for Chile! But Ryan is on guard and stops a great finish by Sanchez.

56. Minute

Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou takes off Cahill and brings on Mathew Leckie. Friendly match mode seems to be over for Australia.

53. Minute

Australia are the better team here in the second half. Can the Socceroos manage a minor miracle and kick out Chile? Germany in the meantime have taken control of the other match and seem poised to score on or more goals.

50. Minute

Great finish by Vargas here! The Tigres forward finds room on the right side of the box and strikes the ball from a narrow ankle. Matt Ryan has to do well to stop the shot.

46. Minute

Chile have made some changes. Martin Rodriguez comes on for Jose Fuenzalida. Meanwhile, Germany have taken the lead in their game. Kerem Demirbay has scored for die Mannschaft.

Chile v Australia – Halftime

Are the rumours true? Chile really are not taking this match serious enough and as a result, have taken a deserved 1-0 lead into halftime. Germany and Cameroon are still tied 0-0 in the other match, which would mean that Germany would win the group and Chile would finish second. La Roja need to be careful though another goal by Australia and the Socceroos finish second.

45. Minute

Australia almost with the second! Trent Sainsbury is left unmarked six-yards away from goal but then hammers the ball over the net.

44. Minute

Almost the equalizer for Chile! Arturo Vidal has a header blocked and Ryan then stops the follow by Vargas.


Australia score! Chile lose the ball in their own half and then can’t clear the ball away despite having the nummerical advantage in their own box. The ball finally falls to James Troisi, who has no problem to convert the chance.

38. Minute

Eduardo Vargas receives a great ball from midfield. The Tigres forward, however, fails to control the ball and the chance is gone.

35. Minute

Australia with their first chance. Jackson Irvine escapes his defender and manages a close range finish, but Claudio Bravo can parry the shot.

32. Minute

Brutal foul here by Cahill on Charles Aranguiz. The Australian is lucky he is not shown a red card here.

27. Minute

VAR continues to confuse fans and journalists alike. The board shows VAR even though Rocchi had decided against a penalty. Shortly after the match resumes Chile have another chance by Sanchez to make it 1-0.

25. Minute

Good chance here for Chile. Alexis Sanchez breaks free and is then brought down in the box. We are getting VAR.

23. Minute

Update from the other match. Germany v Cameroon is also scoreless, which would mean Chile would win the group.

21. Minute

First yellow card of the match. Massimo Luongo takes down Vidal.

18. Minute

Arturo Vidal hammers a free-kick from 25-yards straight into Australia’s wall. Goal chances are far and between.

15. Minute

Most of the action is now in midfield. Chile do just enough to keep a highly motivated Australia side at bay.

Midfield battles. Image by Manuel Veth

Midfield battles. Image by Manuel Veth

11. Minute

Chile looking for the early goal without being entirely convincing in the final third.

7. Minute

First big chance for Chile! Arturo Vidal is free in the box, but Australia’s keeper Matt Ryan can stop the shot and then block the rebound by Alexis Sánchez.

4. Minute

Aggressive start here by both sides. Referee Gianluca Rocchi has his hands full.

2. Minute

Australia have the first shot on goal. But nothing that would have to worry Claudio Bravo.

Chile v Australia – Kick Off

We are all ready here to kick off this match.

Chile v Australia is about to kick off. Image by Manuel Veth

Chile v Australia is about to kick off. Image by Manuel Veth

Chile v Australia – Buildup


15 Minutes to kickoff the countdown is on!


Chile are now also warming up. Big applause when Claudio Bravo, Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal were announced for the starting lineup. Meanwhile, the word is that Chile would prefer to finish this group second in order to avoid Mexico in the semi-finals. Chile defeated Mexico 7-0 at last summer’s Copa América Centenario and are worried that Mexico would be out for revenge. Another factor is that many Chileans have already bought tickets for the semi-final in Kazan. Hence, this could be a bit of a snails race to the next round between Germany and Chile.

Chile are warming up ahead of Chile v Australia. Image by Manuel Veth

Chile are warming up ahead of Chile v Australia. Image by Manuel Veth


Australia are warming up here at Spartak Stadium. Tim Cahill is going to celebrate his 100th game for Australia and all Socceroos players are wearing a number 100 in honour of Cahill on their shirt.

Australia players wearing number 100 to honour Tim Cahill. Image by Manuel Veth

Australia players wearing number 100 to honour Tim Cahill. Image by Manuel Veth


The lineups are out. Claudio Bravo will finally start for Chile. The Manchester City keeper missed the start of the tournament with an injury. Juan Antonio Pizzi also appears to be set on using the 4-3-1-2 formation with Arturo Vidal playing right behind Alexis Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas. Sanchez, by the way, will miss the next game should he receive a yellow card tonight. Australia in the meantime will start with their 3-4-3 formation with Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse, and Tomi Juric up front. Troisi is another offensive option. Looks like Ange Postecoglou is going all out.


90 minutes to kick-off. Chile supporters are enjoying their ride on the Moscow Metro.


Two hours to go until kick-off we eagerly await the lineups of both teams. We do, however, have some idea on how either team could start the match. For more on this check out our preview right HERE 👇


The atmosphere tonight should be quite special. Moscow is home to quite a significant Latin Americna population, especially as most South American citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Russian Federation. FIFA has also recently released the figures for ticket sales by countries and to the surprise of many it was citizens from the United States, who bought most of the tickets. We spoke with some fans from Mexico and Chile during the tournament and it is clear that quite a significant portion of those fans are actually citizens of the United States with a Latin American heritage.

Colombian fans are out in full force to watch Chile v Australia. Image by Manuel Veth.

Colombian fans are out in full force to watch Chile v Australia. Image by Manuel Veth.


What can we expect from this match? Chile need at least one point to advance to the semi-finals. Australia in the meantime need to win the game by a significant margin. Australia have the worst goal differential of all teams in Group B and things have to go extremely well for the Socceroos on this final matchday.