Missing some key players, Chile rebounded from their semi-final loss to edge out Austria 1-0 in the third-place match on Sunday at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.
The Austrians opened the contest with some earnest running and endeavour, but it was the superior technique of the spirited South Americans that drove the play forward. Early on, Michael Silva missed a sitter on the doorstep after whiffing at an inch-perfect cross from Arturo Vidal. On the stroke of halftime, though, La Rojita got it right when a free kick from the right from the outstanding Mathias Vidangossy was volleyed home extravagantly by Hans Martinez at the near post.
The second half brought an attacking surge by the Austrians. They hit the crossbar and went close once more from the rebound, but their brief resurgence was cut short when Michael Madl was sent off for a second yellow after a high-and-hard challenge on Chile captain Mauricio Islas. The South Americans were unable to capitalise on their numerical superiority, but their one goal stood good through to the end.
The third-place finish is Chile's best-ever at a U-20 world finals and equals their best finish in any FIFA competition.