Vidal and Vargas make the difference for Chile after VAR controversy


Benjamin Moukandjo insists Cameroon's team spirit will be key for his side as they prepare to launch their Confederations Cup Group B campaign against Chile.

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His impact was felt when the winger provided the cross from the left flank for Vidal to head home.

Vargas scored in overtime but the goal was ruled out for offside after the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) technology.

The defensive wall set up by the Indomitable Lions looked to have finally been broken when Vargas dinked the ball past Cameroon's goalkeeper after a nice through ball from Arturo Vidal in first half stoppage time.

Although replays appeared to show Vargas in a marginally offside position, concerns will be raised over the length of time it took to make the decision and the confusion surrounding the referee's signals to viewers on television.

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Vargas followed up to notch Chile's second in the 90th minute and wrap up the points in Group B's opening match.

Cameroon was under pressure immediately, when Eduardo Vargas' first-minute shot cannoned off the post and rebounded back into goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, nearly going in.

Cameroon's chances came thanks to occasional poor passing at the back from Chile, with Vincent Aboubakar forcing a save in the 11th from keeper Johnny Herrera, in for the injured Claudio Bravo.

It was all about the South Americans in the entire first half, but they missed a couple of chances.

Chile also has matches against Germany in Kazan next Thursday, and Australia on June 25 in the Russian capital.