Confederations Cup | Cameroon 0 – Chile 2

In a game dominated by judgements made by the video assistant referee, Chile secured a 2-0 win over Cameroon.

Arturo Vidal celebrating his goal
Arturo Vidal celebrating his goal

Chile started on the attack and were denied by the post after just one minute. Eduardo Vargas received the ball on the right side of the penalty area and fired a low shot that hit the post.

The Chileans went close again two minutes later. Jose’ Pedro Fuendzalida flicked the ball over the defence and hit a shot which produced a good save from Fabrice Ondoa.

Cameroon replied on the 11th minute. Gary Medel lost possession to Benjamin Moukandio and the latter went inside the penalty area and sent a drive that was blocked by Johnny Herrera.

Cameroon’s goalkeeper was forced into action once more on the 24th minute. Edson Puch saw his shot from distance being parried by Ondoa.

Ondoa denied the Chileans again two minutes later with an athletic save. Vargas sent a through ball that was palmed away by the goalkeeper as Fuenzalida was running onto it in what looked as a certain goal.

On the 40th minute, Vargas lost a promising chance for his side. Arturo Vidal threaded the ball through his team mate who took a touch in the penalty area and blazed his effort over.

In the additional time prior to half-time, Chile managed to score. Vidal sent Vargas through and the Chilean forward slotted the ball home. However, the referee decided to rule out the goal for an off-side after being instructed by the video assistant referee to the disbelief of the Chilean players and fans.

Cameroon created the first chance of the second half on the 66th minute. From a free-kick, Moukandjo sent a curling shot that went wide of the left post.

Chile went ahead on the 81st minute. Substitute Alexis Sanchez sent a cross towards the unmarked Vidal whose header gave Ondoa no chance.

Vargas sealed the issue on the 91st minute although he had to wait for the judgement of the video assistant referee once more. Sanchez went through on goal but saw his shot being blocked. Possession fell for Vargas who tucked the ball home. The assistant referee raised his flag as Sanchez seemed to be off-side; however, the video assistant referee instructed the referee that the Arsenal man was in a regular position and the goal was given.

Chile starting line-up: Johnny Herrera, Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour, Marcelo Diaz, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz, Jose’ Fuenzalida, Edson Puch, Eduardo Vargas

Cameroon starting line-up: Fabrice Ondoa, Ernest Mabouka, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Adolphe Teikeu, Collins Fai, Andre’ Zambo Anguissa, Sabastien Siani, Arnaud Sutchuin Djoum, Christian Bassagog, Benjamin Moukandjo, Vincent Aboubakar

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)