Chileans show why they're tipped to go far

David Villa puts Spain 1-0 up against Australia with a neat back heel past Australia's Mathew Ryan.
David Villa puts Spain 1-0 up against Australia with a neat back heel past Australia's Mathew Ryan.
Spain midfielder Juan Mata is tracked by Australia's Mark Bresciano.
Spain midfielder Juan Mata is tracked by Australia's Mark Bresciano.
Spain striker David Villa scores past Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan during their Group B clash at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba.
Spain striker David Villa scores past Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan during their Group B clash at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scores Spain's second goal against the Socceroos.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scores Spain's second goal against the Socceroos.
Juan Mata slots Spain's third goal through the legs of Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.
Juan Mata slots Spain's third goal through the legs of Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.
Ron Vlaar (left) and Daley Blind of the Netherlands celebrate after defeating Chile after their 2014 World Cup Group B football match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo.
Ron Vlaar (left) and Daley Blind of the Netherlands celebrate after defeating Chile after their 2014 World Cup Group B football match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo.
Memphis Depay of the Netherlands (right) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates Arjen Robben (centre) and Daley Blind during their 2014 World Cup Group B football match against Chile.
Memphis Depay of the Netherlands (right) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates Arjen Robben (centre) and Daley Blind during their 2014 World Cup Group B football match against Chile.
Leroy Fer of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal against Chile at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Leroy Fer of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal against Chile at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Chile's Alexis Sanchez (right) argues with Dirk Kuyt (left) and Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B football match.
Chile's Alexis Sanchez (right) argues with Dirk Kuyt (left) and Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup Group B football match.
Stefan de Vrij of the Netherlands and Mauricio Pinilla of Chile compete for the ball during the Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Stefan de Vrij of the Netherlands and Mauricio Pinilla of Chile compete for the ball during the Group B match between the Netherlands and Chile at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands controls the ball as Gonzalo Jara of Chile gives chase during their World Cup clash in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands controls the ball as Gonzalo Jara of Chile gives chase during their World Cup clash in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Spain's Sergio Ramos tries to hide his disappointment after a shock 2-0 loss to Chile during their World Cup Group B football match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Spain's Sergio Ramos tries to hide his disappointment after a shock 2-0 loss to Chile during their World Cup Group B football match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Chile's Mauricio Isla, Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal and Gonzalo Jara (left to right) celebrate after their first goal during their World Cup Group B football match against Spain at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Chile's Mauricio Isla, Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal and Gonzalo Jara (left to right) celebrate after their first goal during their World Cup Group B football match against Spain at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sergio Ramos of Spain looks on as teammate Jordi Alba fixes his boot during the World Cup Group B match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sergio Ramos of Spain looks on as teammate Jordi Alba fixes his boot during the World Cup Group B match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Felipe Gutierrez and Gary Medel of Chile celebrate a 2-0 victory over Spain in their Group B match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Felipe Gutierrez and Gary Medel of Chile celebrate a 2-0 victory over Spain in their Group B match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fernando Torres of Spain competes for the ball with Gary Medel (left), Marcelo Diaz (second left) and Francisco Silva of Chile (second right).
Fernando Torres of Spain competes for the ball with Gary Medel (left), Marcelo Diaz (second left) and Francisco Silva of Chile (second right).
Gary Medel of Chile controls the ball against David Silva of Spain during their World Cup Group B match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gary Medel of Chile controls the ball against David Silva of Spain during their World Cup Group B match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Australia's Ryan McGowan looks on in disappointment as Memphis Depay celebrates his match-winning goal with Robin van Persie.
Australia's Ryan McGowan looks on in disappointment as Memphis Depay celebrates his match-winning goal with Robin van Persie.
Robin van Persie high-fives Daryl Janmaat after scoring the Netherlands' second goal.
Robin van Persie high-fives Daryl Janmaat after scoring the Netherlands' second goal.
Tim Cahill (right) and Ron Vlaar battle for the ball.
Tim Cahill (right) and Ron Vlaar battle for the ball.
Australian captain Mile Jedinak is somewhere under the pile after converting his spot kick for a 2-1 lead.
Australian captain Mile Jedinak is somewhere under the pile after converting his spot kick for a 2-1 lead.
Socceroos striker Tim Cahill celebrates after his volley goal that is a contender for goal of the tournament.
Socceroos striker Tim Cahill celebrates after his volley goal that is a contender for goal of the tournament.
Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben gestures to a TV camera after scoring his third goal at the World Cup.
Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben gestures to a TV camera after scoring his third goal at the World Cup.
Chile beat the Socceroos 3-1.
Chile beat the Socceroos 3-1.
Jean Beausejour strikes Chile's final goal to secure a 3-1 victory over Australia.
Jean Beausejour strikes Chile's final goal to secure a 3-1 victory over Australia.
Australia's Mark Bresciano and Chile's Marcelo Diaz collide in Cuiaba.
Australia's Mark Bresciano and Chile's Marcelo Diaz collide in Cuiaba.
Jean Beausejour celebrates scoring Chile's third goal with Mauricio Pinilla.
Jean Beausejour celebrates scoring Chile's third goal with Mauricio Pinilla.
Australian striker Tim Cahill remonstrates after having a goal disallowed against Chile.
Australian striker Tim Cahill remonstrates after having a goal disallowed against Chile.
Referee Noumandiez Doue sprays a temporary line for the Socceroos' wall to stay behind during a free kick.
Referee Noumandiez Doue sprays a temporary line for the Socceroos' wall to stay behind during a free kick.
Tim Cahill leaps above Gary Medel to head the ball past Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Tim Cahill leaps above Gary Medel to head the ball past Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Robin van Persie heads the ball to score against Spain.
Robin van Persie heads the ball to score against Spain.

Alexis Sanchez produced a dynamic performance to lead Chile to a 3-1 win over Australia in the World Cup on Friday, scoring one goal and setting up another for one of the dangerous outsiders in the tournament.

Chile threatened to run away with the game in muggy Cuiaba when Sanchez poked home from close range in the 12th minute, before setting up Jorge Valdivia barely a minute later for the playmaker to finish from the edge of the area.

But Australia recovered well, responding with a trademark headed goal by star forward Tim Cahill in the 35th and giving the Chileans a string of scares in the second half. However, Jean Beausejour put the game away for Chile in injury time to help the South Americans level on three points in Group B with the Netherlands, which thrashed Spain 5-1.

Boasting its best ever squad for a World Cup, Chile has been strongly tipped by many - including Pele - to go far in Brazil despite being thrown in the same group as two of Europe's top teams.

And the Spanish, ripped apart by the Dutch in Salvador, will not be relishing playing Chile in their next game on Wednesday, with the holders' title defence on the line.

Spain's players will know all about Sanchez as he has spent the last three years at Barcelona, and the sprightly forward carried over his most prolific season at Camp Nou here against a flimsy Australia defence.

Sanchez was on hand to guide in a close-range finish inside the near post after Australia captain Mile Jedinak failed to head clear Charles Aranguiz's cross. The celebrations had hardly died down when Sanchez span his marker and laid the ball across for Valdivia to finish high into the net from 20 metres.

"It's gut wrenching to be honest," Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said. "In the end, we gave away a two-goal start and that's what killed us."

It was already looking like a damage-limitation exercise for the beleaguered Socceroos, the lowest-ranked nation in Brazil. The raucous Chilean fans were regaling their team's crisp passing with chants "Ole" and a no-look backheel from Sanchez highlighted his confidence.

But Chile's momentum was punctured when Cahill, renowned for his tremendous jumping ability, leapt above diminutive marker Gary Medel to thump home a header from a right-wing cross.

"They got in twice," Cahill said. "(But) after that you could see their legs were going. We knew we could get something out of this game. We stood up strong. It's just unfortunate, not a lot went our way tonight, and it showed."

The New York Red Bulls star then squandered chances either side of halftime before another fine header was ruled out for offside.

Chile still looked dangerous going forward - Eduardo Vargas had a shot cleared off the line - but Australia remained in the game right until the end, when Beausejour drilled in a low shot from 30 yards in the second minute of injury time. Fireworks exploded after being thrown onto the pitch.

Arturo Vidal started and played 59 minutes for Chile on his return from injury.

AP