Claudio Bravo won't return from injury for Chile's Confederations Cup opener
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 2:57
Chile enters the Confederations Cup among the favorites to win the tournament, and they will face Germany and Australia to round out Group B play after Sunday's clash with Cameroon. Vargas was on hand to convert the rebound but the linesman flagged for offside.
"It's the first time we have played with this new technology and it's true while out on the pitch you are concentrating so that when it happens against you, it's hard to comprehend. Even though it was hard to play the first Confederations Cup match in our history". Other than that, this team has a lot more solid players and I think that will this game will be pretty easy for them.
The goals came in the 81st and 90th minutes of the second half and compensated for a disallowed first half stoppage time goal by Eduardo Vargas, assisted by Vidal, that was ruled out for offside after the match consulted the match video replay technology. The last test match for Cameroon took place on June 13, in which they lost to Colombia with a score of 0: 4.
"It was very important to start in the right way with our goal to become champions", said Vidal, who also dedicated the triumph to the victims of a fierce storm in Chile that has claimed several lives.
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.
The controversial video review left Chile's confidence dented in the second half, as Cameroon started to push forward, though without creating clear-cut chances.
The African champions came closest when captain Benjamin Moukandjo hit narrowly wide with a shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half. "But in the end we accept it was a fair decision and this system is going to be useful", he added.