Ben Brereton opened his Chile account by scoring the winner on his first start to give La Roja a 1-0 win over Bolivia in their second Copa America group match.

His goal, finishing off a sweeping team move with a neat finish into the corner, 11 minutes in made it four points out of six for Chile who look well set to progress into the knockout stages.

Brereton’s impact on his debut against Argentina on Monday saw him rewarded with a starting spot, and the 22-year-old took full advantage.

His goal sent social media into a spin, Brereton-mania taking hold in Chile whose fans have a new hero.

For boss Martin Lasarte, he was pleased with Brereton’s contribution, not least given his lack of Spanish has made communication difficult.

He said: “For Ben it was an important occasion, but also a difficult one, to play as a starter in the national team, where they do not speak the language he speaks. 

“He is making a great effort to understand, and his colleagues have a lot of responsibility in this, as they are helping him a lot. 

“He had his chance and he took it. 

“Surely for him it was a very motivating situation, from the point of view of the anxiety of the debut and also to score a goal. 

“He did a great job and ended up exhausted, which is logical."

Brereton finished the match with a 90 per cent pass completion rate, three shots on target, one chance created and most vitally, the winning goal.

Eduardo Vargas teed him up for the winner, and said: "We get along well with Ben. We don't know his language, he doesn't know how to speak Spanish either, but we understand each other very well on the pitch."

Former Chile international Mauricio Pinilla tweeted after the game: ‘My next son will be called Ben!’ as the country continues to take Brereton to their hearts.

Brereton himself posted on social media: "Great job everyone. I'm very happy for today's game. We will continue working hard!"

Next up for Chile are Uruguay who they face on Monday.