Cameroon: Confederation Cup - Sanchez Inspires Chile to 2-0 Defeat of Cameroon

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Nigeria's 2018 World Cup qualifying opponents and African champions Cameroon lost 2-0 to Chile in their opening game at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday.

Chile has defeated Cameroon 2-0 in a group stage match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup which is underway in Russian Federation.

That goal came after Cameroon had their own goal disallowed in the 17th minute when Michael Ngadeu headed home from a free kick, but Slovakian referee Damir Skomina adjudged Vincent Aboubakar to have fouled Arturo Vidal off the ball.

Chile added another in stoppage time through Vargas to secure a 2-0 win, and VAR was actually used again to check what looked like an offside from Alexis Sanchez.

Referee Damir Skomina awarded the goal and Chile's players started an elaborate goal celebration, but the decision was then sent for video review - the key piece of new technology being debuted by Federation Internationale de Football Association at the Confederations Cup.

"Today there were many supporters in favour of Chile but all the fans were enthusiastic, which was nice", he said. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

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"At the end of the first half we could have been 1-0 up but 20 minutes later we were still level and that made the players disappointed".

Alexis Sanchez has sprained his ankle in training and may miss Chile's Confederations Cup opener against Cameroon. How much such predictions are legitimate - we'll see a little later, but we cannot doubt that this meeting will not give cause for boredom to the fans.

"Of course if they go overboard with these types of situations, it could turn into a circus. He's a very important player and that's why we put him on".

The Copa America holder largely dominated play, though, and Vargas found the net at last late in the first half with a fine finish after being played through by Vidal, only for the referee to controversially cancel the goal for offside after VAR referral.

Vargas' first time shot beat Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa at the near post and clipped his ankle for a corner. The last test match for Cameroon took place on June 13, in which they lost to Colombia with a score of 0: 4.

Ondoa had to palm away a Jose Fuenzalida shot two minutes later as Chile took firm control.

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