Vidal, Vargas help Chile defeat Cameroon amid VAR controversy

Arturo Vidal brushed off a hotly disputed video review to give Chile a 2-0 win over Cameroon in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

Late goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas saw Chile open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Cameroon - but it is unlikely to spare Federation Internationale de Football Association having to answer some hard questions about the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

However, it took more than a minute from the ball going into the net to the goal being overturned by the VAR and the game was not restarted before the interval.

Chile could open its Confederations Cup campaign without two leading players.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is likely out as well for the opener after sustaining a calf injury back in Premier League play with club side Manchester City.

Chile looked to have found their breakthrough just before the stroke of half-time - Vidal again feeding Vargas in behind the defence for the forward to fire home - but the Video Assistant Referee system adjudged the Tigres man to be offsides despite appearing to be in a legal position.

The South Americans made a blistering start and nearly took the lead inside the first minute, but striker Vargas' shot crashed back off the post, before Jose Fuenzalida saw his low effort well saved by Cameroon keeper Fabrice Ondoa just seconds later.

In the 81st minute Sanchez hung in the penalty area of Cameroon where the ball was Arturo Vidal.

South American champion Chile may have fumed at the first video review, but its players also had themselves to blame in a first half packed with missed chances.

Chile left it late to edge out a dogged Cameroon in an opening Group B clash that saw striker Eduardo Vargas have goals both ruled out and given by the video assistant.

Cameroon were much-improved in the second half as they gained a measure of control, but Benjamin Moukandjo could only curl a free-kick wide.

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