2014 World Cup: Chile’s Player Performance Reviews vs. Australia

Chile's Player Performance Reviews vs. Australia

Chile v Australia: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Chile's performance didn't go quite as well as they had hoped, but they came out with the win, and that's what matters in a World Cup. Coach Jorge Sampaoli will have to fix a number of mistakes, but they definitely demonstrated flashes of their potential. Find out which players lived up to the hype, and which disappointed.

GK - Claudio Bravo

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GK - Claudio Bravo

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The Chilean captain was tested only a few times throughout the match, but each time he resolved the attacks with class. He had a fantastic low diving save against Mark Bresciano that saved Chile's result, and anticipated a number of long crosses. That said, a mistake on a clearance of his was the beginning of the play that eventually led to Australia's goal. Overall, a 7 out of 10 for Claudio Bravo.

RB - Mauricio Isla

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RB - Mauricio Isla

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Mauricio Isla, much like the rest of the Chilean team, had a fantastic 20 minutes at the beginning of the match. He took advantage of the spaces left by the Australian defenders, and always made the right pass. However, as the game passed by, he had to stay back to defend the dangerous Australian crosses. The second half led to no forward runs from Isla. Not one. 6 out of 10 for the Juventus defender.

CB - Gary Medel

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CB - Gary Medel

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Gary Medel is only 5-foot-7, and while he usually makes up for that problem with sheer tenacity and athleticism, he had a lot of trouble covering Tim Cahill. Every Australian cross struck fear into Chilean fans' hearts. Besides the obvious issue in the air, Medel did well enough on the ground with his speed and tackling. A 6.5 out of 10 for "Pitbull".

CB - Gonzalo Jara

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CB - Gonzalo Jara

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Much like Medel, Gonzalo Jara's 5-foot-10 frame had lots of problems in the aerial battles. It's a problem Chilean coach Jorge Sampaoli will have to address if he wants to even think about defeating Spain or the Netherlands. But just like Medel, Jara made up for the headers with solid passing and well-timed tackles. And again, like Medel, he earned himself a 6.5 out of 10.

LB - Eugenio Mena

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LB - Eugenio Mena

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One thing worth rescuing from Eugenio Mena's performance was his tireless efforts. He made a point to go forward a lot more than the other full-back, Mauricio Isla, ever did. That said, whenever he managed to get the ball in a good position, he could never finish the play. And on the defensive end, the Australian goal came as a result of his complacent defense. 6 out of 10 for Mena.

CM - Arturo Vidal

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CM - Arturo Vidal

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It was clear that Arturo Vidal wasn't in match conditions for this game. He's not even a month removed from a major knee surgery, and was a last minute addition to the starting 11. But it looks like coach Sampaoli just wanted to give the Chilean star some playing time, no matter how inefficient he was (and boy, was he inefficient). 5 out of 10 for Arturo Vidal.

CM - Marcelo Diaz

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CM - Marcelo Diaz

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Marcelo Diaz was one of Chile's high points throughout the match. He had the tough task of having to run for both himself and the injured Arturo Vidal. And in that same sense, he had to defend the oncoming Australian counterattacks by himself as well. He fared well and as usual, was extremely careful in every pinpoint pass of his. 7.5 out of 10 for Diaz.

CM - Charles Aranguiz

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CM - Charles Aranguiz

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Much like Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz had to make up for the fact that Arturo Vidal was practically invisible for his time on the field. He backed up Jorge Valdivia in creating chances for the forwards and was instrumental in Chile's first goal. As the game went on, he lost the urgency to attack and became too complacent. 6.5 out of 10 for the Internacional midfielder.

CAM - Jorge Valdivia

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CAM - Jorge Valdivia

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Jorge Valdivia managed to score a beautiful goal after an amazing play by Alexis Sanchez, but he disappointed in not being able to create more chances for his teammates. The creative midfielder is known for giving accurate through passes from out of nowhere, but he lacked the vision during this game. He fell to the very organized Australian defense. 6.5 out of 10 for Valdivia.

ST - Alexis Sanchez

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ST - Alexis Sanchez

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Much was expected out of Alexis Sanchez against the Socceroos. It certainly wasn't his best game, but he was by far the best player on the field. He managed to unlock the rugged defense by scoring the first goal, and had an amazing assist for the second goal. And while his form fell in the second half (like all of Chile), his nifty dribbling and blazing speed was a constant threat. 8 out of 10 for Alexis.

ST - Eduardo Vargas

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ST - Eduardo Vargas

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It was an unrecognizable night for Valencia striker, Eduardo Vargas. Vargas has become Chile's best goalscorer, managing to score 12 goals in the last year. But unfortunately for Chile, Vargas always seemed lost. He was never able to connect with Valdivia or Alexis, and was never able to beat the Australian defenders. 4.5 out of 10 for Vargas.

Sub - Felipe Gutierrez

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Sub - Felipe Gutierrez

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Felipe Gutierrez went in for Arturo Vidal to get involved in both defense and offense more than Vidal had. He managed to help in securing Chile's possession, but wasn't a solution to the constant problem of Australia's long balls. To his credit, his effort and play led to the third Chilean goal. 6 out of 10 for Gutierrez.

Sub - Jean Beausejour

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Sub - Jean Beausejour

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Jean Beausejour was the perfect change of pace that Chile needed for the second half. Every time he got the ball, he managed to get past the defender and send in crosses. And while the crosses were always met by the Aussie defense, the effort is worth noting. And of course, his effort was rewarded with a remarkable longshot that sealed the win for Chile. 8 out of 10 for Beausejour.

Sub - Mauricio Pinilla

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Sub - Mauricio Pinilla

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Mauricio Pinilla won't receive a rating, having only played five minutes. But he did well in helping Chile win the aerial battles with his 6-foot-2 frame, and his missed shot in the last minute led to Jean Beausejour's goal.

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