Vidal, Vargas help Chile defeat Cameroon amid VAR controversy

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 19, 2017

The current victor of the America's Cup team Chile started with a victory at the eighth confederations Cup.

But a quick check with the VAR found both Chilean players had been onside and the decision was reversed to confirm a two-goal winning margin.

Portugal drew 2-2 with Mexico earlier on Saturday.

Following the 2-0 defeat to Chile in their opening game at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday, the head coach of Cameroon, Hugo Broos says his young and "inexperienced" side needs to 'mature'.

"After the first half we could've been up 1-0, and 20 seconds later, the players go to the locker room tied at 0-0", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

The first half was nearly controlled entire by the Chileans.

Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez (front) challenges Cameroon's defender Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 18, 2017.

"Today there were many supporters in favour of Chile but all the fans were enthusiastic, which was nice", he said.

Though Cameroon returned with energy and some good looks on goal in the second half, the Chileans were able assert themselves late thanks to some class link up play between Sanchez and Vidal in the 81st. Vargas was on hand to convert the rebound, but the linesman flagged for offside.

Chile dominated the game throughout, but couldn't finish several first-half chances.

Vargas scored in overtime but the goal was ruled out for offside after the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) technology.

Cameroon keeper Fabrice Ondoa largely kept his side in the game with some fantastic reflexes to keep a Chile attacking three of Vargas, Edson Puch and Jose Fuenzadila at bay. "He's a very important player and that's why we put him on".

In the 23rd minute, Cameroon had the ball in the net.

Cameroon slowly grew into the game from there on and Vincent Aboubakar almost took advantage of some poor play from Gary Medel, testing Johnny Herrera with a low shot after a rapid break, while Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui had a goal disallowed for a foul on Vidal.

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