Cameroon will have to overcome Australia to have a realistic chance of making it to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederation Cup.
The 0-2 loss to Chile on Sunday has condemned the African flag bearer to zero option when they take on the Australians on Thursday before a potentially explosive last group match with World Cup champions, Germany next Sunday.
Late goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas gave Chile all three points in a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their opening match in Group B at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow in front of a crowd of 33,492.
It was Chile’s first appearance at the Confederation and thus became the sixth of the 10 South American countries to feature.
The South Americans had a goal disallowed at the closing stage of the first half when Eduardo Vargas’ effort was annulled by the video assistant referee which called it back as the Tigres UANL forward was in an offside position.
Alexis Sanchez came off the bench in the second half, and the Arsenal forward made an impact when his cross found Vidal, who leapt to head in La Roja‘s winning goal in the 81st minute.
Vargas eventually got his goal, when he scored on a second-chance opportunity after Sanchez had weaved around Cameroon’s defence and his shot was blocked and eventually fell to Vargas who made no mistake from close range.
According to a FIFA team reporter’s analysis, “experience made all the difference for the Indomitable Lions.
“Nervous during the first half, making too many fouls and losing the ball too quickly, the Cameroonians had a big fright before half time but were saved by the VAR.
That emotion seemed to free them from the stress during the second half, but ultimately they were punished by two late goals.”
Another view of the match by a Cameroonian reporter, Pascal de Miramon, has it that: “Chile played a solid first match against a very strong, defensive team.
They were in the driving seat throughout most of the game, controlling the ball and creating a quality amount of chances. Coach Juan Pizzi played an important role, as his substitutions helped Vidal offensively, and that paid off near the end when ‘King Arturo’ showed up in the six-yard area to head in the winning goal for a well-deserved win for La Roja.”