Confederations Cup 2017: African champions lose opening match

Reining African champions Cameroon began their 2017 Confederations Cup campaign in Russia on a disappointing note after losing 2-0 to CONMEBOL champions Chile on Sunday evening.

It was a controversial game for the South Americans too, who thought they had taken the lead just before half time when Eduardo Vargas tucked home, but it was ruled offside via the VAR system.

However Arturo Vidal in the 80th minute rose to head home from six yards following a cross by Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who was introduced as a second half substitute.

Chile doubled their advantage over the Indomitable Lions in stoppage time when Vargas finally got on the scoresheet, although it was only given after another VAR consultation.

Chile were on top from the start, with Vargas hitting the post after just 50 seconds.

However they were made to toil for long periods by a spirited Cameroon side managed by Brazilian coach Hugo Broos.

Cameroon will be looking to make Africa proud and ensure their AFCON triumph in Congo earlier this year isn’t a fluke when they take on Australia on Thursday in their second group game at the the Stadion Krestovskyi.

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