Updated: 06/14/2014 05:58 | By Agence France-Presse

Vidal starts for Chile against Australia

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli named Juventus star Arturo Vidal in his World Cup team to face Australia in Cuiaba on Friday.


Vidal starts for Chile against Australia

Chilean football fans cheer for their team before the start of the match between Chile and Australia at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the World Cup on June 13, 2014 - by Juan Barreto

The 28-year-old midfielder's participation was in jeopardy after struggling with an inflammation to his right knee following surgery on a meniscus problem last month.

He played a 15 minute cameo role in a friendly last week but then missed a handful of training sessions before returning to prepare for this Group B encounter with his teammates on Wednesday.

He was accorded a rousing reception from the 20,000-strong Chile support at the Arena Pantanal when taking to the pitch for the pre-match warm-up.

Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez led the Chile attack against an Australia side captained by Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak.

Australia's all-time top goalscorer Tim Cahill, appearing like fellow veteran Mark Bresciano in his third World Cup, and Mathew Leckie led the Socceroos frontline.

Teams

Chile

Claudio Bravo (capt); Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Eugenio Mena; Marcelo Diaz, Charles Arranguiz, Arturo Vidal; Jorge Valdivia, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli (ARG)

Australia

Mathew Ryan; Ivan Franjic, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Jason Davidson; Mark Bresciano, Mile Jedinak (capt), Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar; Tim Cahill, Mathew Leckie

Coach: Ange Postecoglou

Referee: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)

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