A Victory 48 Years in the Making

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:42 AM CDT
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A Victory 48 Years in the Making

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NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16: Goalscorer Jean Beausejour of Chile (L) celebrates with team mates after victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Honduras and Chile at the Mbombela Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Jean Beausejour scored the only goal and Chile beat Honduras 1-0 for its first World Cup victory in 48 years. In a free-flowing match Wednesday, Chile won the opening game of Group H after Beausejour tapped in a cross from Mauricio Isla in the 34th minute.

Chile came close to doubling its lead on several occasions. In the 62nd minute, Alexis Sanchez sent a clear-cut chance wide after he was put in free by ever-dangerous playmaker Jorge Valdivia. Chile's last victory during the finals was in 1962 when it came in third as host of the World Cup.

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