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WORLD CUP REVIEW

Jean Beausejour Chile team celebration

Jean Beausejour in celebration with his Chile team-mates.

PUBLISHED

09:32 16th June 2014

by Ashley Houghton

A look back at how Latics' World Cup stars faired in the opening round of fixtures in Brazil.

For Jean Beausejour and Chile, the 2014 FIFA World Cup could not have got off to a much better start after a 3-1 victory over Australia in Cuiaba on Friday.

The Chileans ran out 3-1 winners after Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia gave the South Americans a two-goal advantage inside the quarter hour before Tim Cahill set up a nervy second-half with a goal back for the Socceroos.

Beausejour, though, added a sweetly struck third in injury-time with the Latics wide man’s goal holding high significance in Chilean football history.

The 30-year-old is now the first player to score in two different World Cup’s for Chile after notching in the opening game of the 2010 finals, also.

And he told FIFA.com he was ecstatic to achieve the feat:

“I'm very happy to have achieved that. It's an amazing sensation I'm feeling right now.

“The most important thing was the victory for the team but our main focus is getting out of the group and at the moment we need another win to get into the last 16.”

Latics’ other player to feature out in Brazil, Roger Espinoza, suffered contrasting fortunes as Honduras were downed 3-0 by France in Porto Alegre.

Espinoza action Honduras France

Karim Benzema opened the scoring from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time after Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios was dismissed inside the opening 45 minutes.

A bizarre own goal from Honduras keeper Noel Valladares doubled France’s advantage just after the break with goal-line technology used for the first time to determine a goal at a World Cup finals.

And Real Madrid frontman Benzema added his second and a third for the French 18 minutes from time as Didier Deschamps’ side took control in Group E.

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