We continue our coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup from Moscow where Cameroon face Chile in the first game of Group B. Cameroon v Chile should be a fascinating match and we will bring you all the latest on our liveblog.
Cameroon v Chile – 0-2
The game is over and Chile are deserved winners after scoring twice in the second half. But La Roja clearly struggled in the second 45 minutes, which may have been due to the VAR decision against the squad just before halftime. In the end Pizzi’s substitutions, first and foremost Sanchez, made all the difference.
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90. Minute – GOOOOOOOOOOLAZO
Again goal, but no goal by Chile. Alexis Sanchez breaks away and then fails to get the ball past Ondoa. Vargas collects the ball and slots the ball home. The play is initially waved off and then the referee reviews the play. The goal is then given by the VAR referees.
We get four extra minutes of football here.
Good chance by Chile to make it 2-0. But Alexis Sanchez misses with a header after a cornerkick.
Cameroon are now forced to play more possession football. Chile in the meantime look comfortable to absorb the pressure and hit the Lions on the counterattack.
The bottomline is that Chile deserve this goal even if the second half has been anything but convincing.
81. Minute – GOOOOOOOOOOOLAZO
Arturo Vidal scores for Chile and this time it counts! The Bayern München midfielder receives a wonderful cross from Alexis Sanchez inside the box and heads the ball home.
Still no goals. Also the Confederations Cup fails to attract the fans. The Spartak Stadium is far from being sold out tonight.
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Can someone break the deadlock? Chile started with a lot of promise into this match, but La Roja has lost the plot somewhat in the second half. The VAR decision before halftime seems to have creeped into the heads of La Roja.
Finally a chance for Chile in the second half. A cross comes in from the left side, but several players miss the golden opportunity to make it 1-0.
Chile with their third change already. Francisco Silva is coming on for Charles Aranguiz.
Moukandjo attempts to curl the ball on net. But he misses the target by a whisker.
Vincent Aboubakar receives the ball in Chile’s half and is then clipped by Gonzalo Jara. Good freekick position for Cameroon.
Cameroon are pressing further up the field now. Ondoa comes out far of his goal to intercept a Chile play. This is a much better half than the first half by the Lions.
Cameroon now look the more likely side to make something happen here. The Lions have more vigor in midfield as well as more possession.
Alexis Sanchez comes on for Puch. Chile need something to reinvigorate their attack.
Chile goalkeeper Herrera struggles with a cross by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. The keeper may be Chile’s weakest link tonight.
Alexis Sanchez is warming up and right away Chile fants are chanting Alexis, Alexis, Alexis. Perhaps the Arsenal star can find a way through Cameroon’s defence.
Word is coming through that FIFA may have gotten the offside call right after all. At the same time there is a lot of debate about the topic in the press box. One thing is for certain VAR is not going to stop people debating decisions.
Chile with lots of tempo out of the dressing room. La Roja are clearly angry about the referees decision and are pressing for the opening goal.
Cameroon with the first chance of the second half Amoud Djoum brings the ball into the box where Moukandjo just misses the ball.
Controversy or not we are back on.
Cameroon v Chile – Halftime
No goals although it appears that despite the fact that the referees now have television review they still manage to make mistakes. Vargas was clearly onside and his goal should have stood. This will clearly go down as the moment where video refereeing will become under question. The problem remains the human level.
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Eduardo Vargas does what he does best for Chile, which is scoring goals. At least that is what everyone thought, but the goal is whistled back after a video review. We are having a lot of those today. Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal is extremely angry with the decision to review the goal. So much to the fact that that video review would end debates on the pitch.
Noticeable most of Chile’s attacking moves are being instigated by Isla on the right side of the pitch. Puch, who is playing on the reverse side, however, receives very little support from Jean Beausejour. Perhaps something that needs to be addressed by Chile’s head coach Pizzi at halftime.
Edson Puch with another attempt from distance for Chile. But the Necaxa striker cannot find the target.
The game has settled down a bit. Chile try to break down Cameroon using long balls to cross the midfield. Meanwhile the fans on the stands are chanting Rossiya, Rossiya, Rossiya. Perhaps a bit of arrogance after yesterday’s less than convincing 2-0 victory?
Cameroon with an attempt on goal. Benjamin Moukandjo wins the ball in Chile’s half storms forward and shoots the ball from 25-yards out. The ball, however, misses the goal.
Four Chileans are free in the box! Unfortunately they are also offside and the play is whistled back. We are now a third threw the game and Cameroon can count themselves lucky that it is still 0-0.
Chile have 67% possession at the moment.
Chile keep on coming. This is one way football here and Cameroon have to give everything to keep the South American’s off the scoresheet. At this point it feels just like a matter of time till Chile score.
Ondoa with another spectacular stop! Jose Fuenzalida breaks into the box and manages to bring the ball towards the goal where Ondoa has to stretch to get the ball around the post. How in the world has Chile not scored yet?
Great attempt by Necaxa forward Edson Puch. The Chilean striker wins the ball deep in Cameroon’s half and drives the ball towards the net. Cameroon keeper Ondoa once again has to do well to stop the shot.
The fact, that both teams are playing with 4-3-3 means that there is plenty of space in midfield for the transition game. In some ways it almost appears that either side has given up the midfield althogether.
Short breather only though. Chile once again break forward only to see their cross intercepted by Cameroon’s keeper Ondoa, who quickly moves the ball forward. Cameroon win a corner on their break. This is a fantastic game to watch.
Both teams are taking a bit of a breather at the moment.
Goal by Cameroon, but the referee is whistling the play down. Vidal was fouled in the box. Chile goalkeeper Herrera in the meantime looked poor when it came to handle the high cross in the box.
Arturo Vidal with his first foul of the game. How long will it take for the Chilean fireplug to receive is almost traditional yellow card?
Chile are back in possession now and almost get the goal after Mauricio Isla swings in a low cross. At this point it seems only a question of time until the first goal is scored.
Almost the goal for Cameroon! Chile were well in possession here, but lose control of the ball in their own half. The Lions storm forward and get a shot off, which is mishandled by Johnny Herrera. Finally, Arturo Vidal can clear the ball over the bar.
Cameroon barely get any room to breath here. But finally, the Lions manage to break free from their own half.
Clearly visible Chile are dominating possession and are able to establish themselves in Cameroon’s half. Right now Chile keep up the pressure and they had several chances to score already.
Great start here by Chile, who easily are able to switch the ball from one flank to another. Vargas once again has an attempt on goal and Ondoa once again needs to be on guard.
Cameroon v Chile – Kickoff
We are about to get started here. Both sides are playing with a 4-3-3 formation. Hopefully, this will mean plenty of attacking football and goals.
Cameroon v Chile – Buildup
The teams are on the field for the national anthems. Five minutes until kickoff!
One can almost feel the anticipation. Everything is ready for the main event!
Ten minutes to kickoff just enough time to read our preview of the match. You can find it right HERE 👇
We are just 15 minutes away from kickoff. The stadium is slowly filling up, but it seems like that like the earlier two matches this game is not going to sell out either.
Cameroon v Chile the warm up has begun in earnest. Chile are right in front of us and are getting ready for what will be a must-win match for them.
Cameroon v Chile will be a fascinating match between the African Champions and the Copa América champions. Here is our video assessment:
Chile have just arrived for their warm up and they are greeted with a round of applause by the large Chilean contingent in the stadium. There are, however, some notable absentees in the squad as both Claudio Bravo and Alexis Sanchez are missing this match with injuries. It will be interesting to see how Chile head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will line up his squad without Sanchez, who is fundamental for Chile’s play. Sanchez will be replaced by Edson Puch up front—the Necaxa man should be familiar to all those who follow our Golazo Podcast.
The lineups are here: