Chile left it late to strike twice in the last ten minutes and clinch three points in their opening group of match of the 2017 Confederations Cup against Cameroon.
The South American outfit exploded into life in the opening 10 minutes by raiding Cameroon goalkeeper Ondoa’s goal. Eduardo Vargas crashed a low strike against the face of the near post inside the first minute and Fuenzalida forced him into action shortly after.
Cameroon had a positive spell of their own, which resulted in them momentarily scoring the opening goal. However, it was subsequently ruled out, as Aboubakar pushed Vidal in the build-up to Ngadeu-Ngadjui’s headed goal.
The attacking pressure from Chile resumed as they ensured Ondoa would be busy between the sticks. He was tested by Puch from range, Vargas blasted over the crossbar and had a goal chalked off on the brink of half time.
Arturo Vidal slotted the ball into his path and he confidently lifted the ball over the emerging Ondoa. They broke into celebration until the referee consulted the video officials to contest the linesman’s decision. Chile were left furious when they were denied an opening goal by the recently introduced and controversial video officials.
With nine minutes remaining, Chile finally broke the dead lock via Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal. Alexis Sanchez emerged from the bench to deliver a cross into the heart of the box for Vidal to bury into the back of the net.
Chile cemented their three points with a second goal in second half stoppage time from Eduardo Vargas. Sanchez was played through on goal by Valencia, rounded the goalkeeper and had a close range strike blocked on the goal line by Mandjeck. However, Vargas was present to gobble up the follow-up.
Controversy surrounded yet another Chile goal and the video officials were called upon once again. However, Chile were awarded the goal after Vargas was originally in an offside position but wasn’t involved in play.
Cameroon face Australia and Chile face their toughest test of the group phase against Germany on Thursday. The group will be concluded on Sunday with Germany playing Cameroon and Chile facing Australia.
Alexis Sanchez’s Heroics Guide Chile to Victory
Alexis Sanchez started the game against Cameroon on the bench due to injury. However, Chile threw him onto the pitch in a desperate attempt to earn three points during the second half.
The Arsenal forward made an instant impact by involving himself in the build-up to both goals. He delivered a precise cross for Vidal to nod Chile into the lead with nine minutes remaining and was instrumental in the build-up to Vargas’ stoppage time strike.
Vidal, Sanchez and Vargas were the key figures and form a dangerous attacking combination. Germany will be Chile’s toughest test during the group stage and the Chile trio will have to be in top form to test the 2014 World Cup champions.
The Video Technology Saga Continues
Again, Video Technology continued to cause controversy during the 2017 Confederations Cup. It was involved in disallowing Portugal a potential opener on 20 minutes earlier in the afternoon.
Pepe was placed in an offside position when he headed the ball back into contention for an attacking move. Ronaldo struck the crossbar with a resulting volley and Quaresma converted his volley on the follow-up.
Chile were involved in both decisions from the video officials, with one going against them and one benefitting them. Vargas had a goal ruled out just before the half-time interval, after the referee consulted with the video officials.
Vargas was deemed to be in an offside position when the ball was slotted through by Arturo Vidal. On second viewing, it still seemed very tight. However, once deeply analysed, it was clear he was marginally ahead of play.
The video officials made the correct decision once again for Chile’s second goal. The linesman flagged for offside when Sanchez broke free in behind Cameroon’s defence. Vargas was in an offside position but wasn’t involved in the first phase of play. The video officials cleared up the incorrect decision and awarded Chile the goal.
The only argument against video technology is the time it takes to make the decision. From what we’ve seen in the 2017 Confederations Cup, the time to make the decision seems very delayed.