Chile have denied a brave fightback from Australia, to win their FIFA World Cup opener 3-1 in Cuiaba on Friday.
Jorge Sampaoli's men stormed out of the blocks in the Group B affair, with Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia on target inside 14 minutes.
Australia's all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill popped up to head a goal back for Ange Postecoglou's side on 35 minutes, as they steadied the ship.
And despite several chances - multiple off the head of Cahill and a brilliantly taken volley from midfielder Mark Bresciano - Australia could not find an equaliser, but did gain plenty of fans as they fought gamely after Chile's red-hot opening.
And Chile sealed the three points when second-half substitute Jean Beausejour struck from outside the area in injury time.
The South American nation dominated from the outset, and while they attacked down the left channel in the opening 10 minutes, they would soon garner much more joy from the other side of the Arena Pantenal.
Australia's time on the ball was minimal, although their one path to get in behind the Chileans would have been to draw their wingers forward and release the likes of Tommy Oar and Mathew Leckie.
Oar almost got onto the end of a long ball through from captain Mile Jedinak in the fifth minute, which drew Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo out of his area.
Chile turned their possession dominance into a two-goal lead inside 14 minutes, with star forward Sanchez and Valdivia finding the back of the net.
Sanchez finished after some scrappy Australia defence allowed Charles Aranguiz onto the right byline, and his chipped cross found the head of Eduardo Vargas.
Vargas did not connect firmly with his header, and it fell fortunately to Sanchez, who side-footed into the back of the net, despite Australian custodian Mat Ryan getting a hand on the effort.
Moments later, Valdivia was left unmarked at the edge of the area, and Sanchez found him with a pin-point pass and the Palmeiras midfielder tucked his shot in off the cross bar to double the South American nation's advantage.
Australia found their footing in the contest, when Cahill buried a vintage header in the 35th minute.
Ivan Franjic's cross from the right found the New York Red Bulls striker in the box, and he leapt higher than Chile centre-back Gary Medel to power home past Bravo.
Cahill almost made it two in as many minutes, but Bravo was up to the task with his right-foot effort from a tight angle as Australia's belief grew.
Although, their new-found confidence also saw them susceptible at the back when Mauricio Isla got in behind, forcing Australian left-back Jason Davidson to clear for a corner.
Injury struck the Australians early in the second half - with Ryan McGowan replacing right-back Franjic - although it did not halt their push for an equaliser.
Oar found the head of Cahill with a brilliant ball from the left on 50 minutes, although he failed to connect with any vigour - and the front man claimed he was fouled in the area.
And Cahill had even more reasons to be aggrieved as his buried header in the 53rd minute was disallowed, albeit rightly so, by the offside flag.
Bresciano then fired a left-foot volley on target, forcing Bravo to save low to his left as Australia's prowess from crosses intensified.
Bravo finally decided to clear the danger himself on Australia's next ball into the box, storming off his line to collect in a small win for Postecoglou's men.
However, Chile were always just one goal away from seeing off the Australian resurgence, and Vargas poked a goal-bound effort past Ryan only for centre-back Alex Wilkinson to clear off the line.
Leckie was running hard at Chile's defence, and his barnstorming run in the 66th minute failed to see him fire off a shot, but the FSV Frankfurt man had put left-back Eugenio Mena on notice.
Cahill kept jumping, and in the 70th minute sent a header just over Bravo's crossbar.
But there would be no late joy for the Australians, as Chile held on to gain a vital three points for their knockout-stage hopes.
|Coach: J. Sampaoli|
for A. Vidal 60'
for J. Valdivia 68'
for E. Vargas 88'
|Alonso lauds Klopp for embracing Liverpool culture|
|Barcelona report LaLiga chief Tebas to sports court|
|MLS Review: Late goal from Valdez sees Sounders through, Impact rout DC|
|Saul committed to Simeone and Atletico|
|Ronaldo deserves to win Ballon d´Or - Cannavaro|
|Shaw eager to earn Mourinho´s trust at United|
|Neymar playing for Barca because of Messi, says father|
|Jardim questions Falcao´s stints at United and Chelsea|
|Berardi will get Italy call when system changes - Ventura|
|Lucas Vazquez delighted by ´dream´ Madrid deal|
|Scottish FA chief backs cross-border competition|
|Dortmund need Reus - Aubameyang|
|Lamela eyeing new Spurs deal|
|Tighter Watford matches are a coincidence, says Mazzarri|
|Karanka: We saved Boro from League One|
|Police investigate homophobic leaflet at West Ham|
|Spain could recall Villa, reveals Lopetegui|
|Hughes backs Bony to break Stoke duck|
|Sarri will greet Higuain ´like a son who made him angry´|
|Robben receives Netherlands recall|
|Dyche considering Gray recall for Burnley|
|Zidane was behind one of my best seasons, says Ronaldo|
|Schweinsteiger absent from United squad photo|
|Emery emphasises Thiago Silva´s importance amid Juve links|
|Ferguson: Leicester will make deep Champions League run|
|Ranieri hails ´special´ Ballon d´Or nominations for Vardy and Mahrez|
|Emery: PSG cannot rely solely on Cavani goals|
|Mourinho can match Guardiola, insists Ferguson|
|Ferguson hails Klopp: Liverpool are strong title contenders now|
|Bayern optimistic over Lewandowski renewal|
|Zubizarreta appointment confirmed by Marseille|
|Clichy: Things will click into place for Manchester City|
|Chiellini: Juventus wanted to send a message|
|Gabigol´s time will come - De Boer|
|Ronaldo: Messi and I are not friends - but we respect each other|
|Earthquake halts play in Serie A game between Pescara and Atalanta|
|Mourinho charged over Taylor comments|
|Ronaldo: I need my haters|
|Badstuber hopeful injury woes behind him|
|Kroos did not want to be rested, insists Zidane|
|Rojo was phenomenal - Mourinho|
|Seven arrests made after West Ham - Chelsea fan clashes|
|Florenzi injury blow for Roma|
|MLS Review: Galaxy, Toronto into semis|
|Beister: Victory move surprised people|
|Bilic: Cup run will help in Premier League|
|Pjaca out for up to three weeks|
|Trophies still the focus for Guardiola|
|Mignolet wants ´fair´ Karius battle|
|Ancelotti impressed by motivated Bayern|
|West Ham ´unreservedly condemn´ crowd trouble|
|Allegri praises strike duo after win over Sampdoria|
|De Boer praises two-goal Icardi after vital win|
|Chelsea were ´unlucky´ with missed chances, insists Conte|
|Mourinho: I´ve never had fans like these|
|Nacho´s goal better than my Champions League final volley - Zidane|
|Borussia Dortmund 1 Union Berlin 1 (aet, 3-0 pens): Weidenfeller shootout heroics seal progress|
|Bilic: Crowd trouble distracts from great West Ham win|
|Kompany told me he couldn´t play anymore - Guardiola|
|Liverpool and Manchester United handed home quarter-finals|
|Inter 2 Torino 1: Icardi double alleviates pressure on De Boer|
|Manchester United 1 Manchester City 0: Mata extends Guardiola´s winless run|
|West Ham 2 Chelsea 1: Crowd trouble tarnishes Hammers´ route to quarter-finals|
|Cultural Leonesa 1 Real Madrid 7: Morata and Asensio star in BBC´s absence|
|Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 1: Green´s first goal sends holders through|
|Juventus 4 Sampdoria 1: Rapid start sets champions on their way|
|Crafty Suarez is world´s best striker - Godin|
|Mancini: Balotelli has wasted years but can bounce back|
|Rami rejected ´risky´ PSG move|
|Neymar would have cost PSG €430m, claims father|
|Sacchi warns Bayern players over Ancelotti temper|
|Valencia ´pleased´ with RFEF bottle ruling|
|Mourinho apologises to Utd fans for Chelsea thrashing|
|Barcelona lash out at ´totally reprehensible´ RFEF comments|
|Jacob leaves Marseille amid rumours of Zubizarreta appointment|
|Lavezzi added to Argentina squad as Dybala drops out|
|Del Bosque: Mourinho had a point on Conte|
|N´Zonzi in talks over Sevilla extension|
|Allardyce successor ´will not be a mercenary´ - Glenn|
|Aubameyang like a rocket, Lewandowski perfect - Riedle|
|RFEF fines Valencia, warns Barca over bottle incident|
|Wenger tells Iwobi to improve his finishing|
|Barcelona without Mathieu for three weeks|
|Kimmich draws inspiration from Xavi|
|Vazquez signs new Madrid deal|
|Higuain the best striker in the world - Nedved|
|Wolfsburg regret De Bruyne, Perisic sales|
|Parejo slams Neymar for ´inciting´ Valencia fans|
|Gundogan predicts ´very lively´ Manchester derby|
|Luis Enrique satisfied with Supercopa workout|
|Messi could join Newell´s after World Cup - Maxi Rodriguez|
|Ibrahimovic wants United to be the boss of City|
|Schmidt on the bus as Lotte book ticket for next round|
|Pogba still adapting to Premier League, says Mourinho|
|Southgate hails influence of demoted Rooney|
|Lille ready to heap more pressure on PSG as Corchia dreams big|
|I´m among top 20 LaLiga coaches, jokes Luis Enrique|
|Brattan earns Socceroos call-up|
|Pochettino pleased with Janssen|
|Klopp never questioned Sturridge quality|
|Barcelona downed by Espanyol in Supercopa|
|Heavy Milan defeat ´just a bump in the road´ - Montella|
|Pochettino wanted Liverpool debutant sent off|
|Klopp happy to entertain as Liverpool youngsters earn their spurs|
|Leverkusen dumped out by 10-man minnows|