Sunday, 18 June 2017

2017 Confed Cup: Vidal, Vargas Goals Help Chile Beat Cameroon

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 Russia on Sunday.
Late goals from Eduardo Vargas and Arturo Vidal gave Chile a bright start at the competition.

Chile, reigning two-time Copa America winners, were without Arsenal star forward Alexis Sanchez to begin the match but he came on as a second-half substitute later on.

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.

Vargas’ first half stoppage time goal was then chalked off by the video assistant referee for an offside.

Sanchez whipped in a perfect cross from the left flank for Vidal who leapt highest in the box to give Chile the lead in the 81st minute.

The goal was Vidal’s 23rd goal in 91 international appearances for Chile.

Vargas sealed the win in stoppage time with an easy tap-in after Sanchez failed to score despite rounding Ondoa.

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