Chile defeats Cameroon 2-0 at 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez may not be fielded on Sunday when Chile takes on Cameroon at the just-started FIFA Confederations Cup holding in Russian Federation.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Vidal's 81st-minute header after a pass from substitute Alexis Sanchez gave the South American champion a Group B win which was anything but routine, before another goal was decided by video review.

Vargas eventually got his goal in stoppage time at the end of the second half, and this time he benefited from a VAR decision as a linesman's offside flag was overturned after Sanchez ran through and had a shot blocked allowing Vargas to follow up and score.

These two players are some of the best in the world and it looks likely that they will lead their team well in this game.

Chile made a sublime start to the game and could have gone a goal up after just one minute when Vargas hit the upright with a powerful low shot from inside the area, before Jose Fuenzalida called Ondoa into action with a half-volley after a fine piece of skill just minutes later.

As a result Johnny Herrera has been between the posts for Chile in their three warm-up games for the tournament in Russian Federation and he is expected to retain his place in the Group B opener in Moscow.

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi had said the Gunners forward was a doubt after hurting his left ankle in training on Thursday, and confirmed that worry when he released the team sheet and Sanchez was not included in the starting XI.

Benjamin Moukandjo went close to breaking the deadlock for Cameroon in the 66th minute but his curling free-kick sailed inches wide of the upright.

Sanchez made a difference as Chile finally forged ahead with nine minutes to play.

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