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But three minutes into the second period, Germany hit the front as some wonderful build-up play was rewarded by a first worldwide goal for Demirbay. The goal was thoroughly deserved after a subdued first-half performance by Chile.

Veteran forward Tim Cahill collected his 100th worldwide cap at Spartak Stadium, joining long-serving former goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (109) as the only other Australia player to reach the landmark.

Australia can only guarantee passage with a two-goal win over the South American champions, a result they've never managed over such a high quality opponent in a competitive match. While the recently-constructed Spartak Stadium was not almost at capacity, vocal Chilean fans, patches of Australian support and enthusiastic Muscovites provided an apt setting for the encounter.

Australia were creating openings of their own, and on 42 minutes, the Socceroos were rewarded for their ambition.

"My job is to stay professional, it's not about 100 caps, it's about beating Chile and trying to do good things for our country".

Vargas headed fractionally wide after Sanchez had escaped down the left and picked out his striking partner, while Jamie MacLaren miscued badly in front of Bravo after a brilliant delivery from Troisi before the contest gradually petered out. The match should prove to be an exciting duel even with Chile emerging as the clear favorite going into the clash.

The first half was a poor reflection on both teams and was blighted by stray passes, an absence of precision and a lack of tempo. We wanted to come here and at least get out of the group and we haven't.

"He's a great Australian, transcending sport", Postecoglou said.

Of his role, Cahill said: "Once I lead, the other boys follow". In a stark contrast to the attitude of his manager, the veteran forward was enthusiastic about Australia's draw.

Cahill's stunning volley against the Netherlands will go down as one of the greatest goals ever scored at a FIFA World Cup.

Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi started with an experienced side, including nine of the team which beat Argentina on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final.

"Thanks also to the players, those players who were perhaps not here with us today who played a lot in the past or just a few matches".

Postecoglou can take heart from an overwhelmingly positive showing, as he now starts preparing for vital World Cup qualifiers in late August and early September.

"When you see how fast they play, what pace they have in their players in attack".

  • Arturo Norris