Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas fired Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon, but the game was once again dominated by the video assistant system which is being trialed at the Confederations Cup.
After seeing a goal ruled out in the first half after a referral to the video assistants, which caused confusion on the pitch, Vargas’ 91st-minute strike was again handled by video technology, although it was to overturn a wrong call from the assistant match official.
But aside from the glitches in the video tool, the South American side created the lion’s share of the chances even with Alexis Sanchez starting from the bench.
Cameroon goalie Fabrice Ondoa had little time to settle into Sunday’s second Confederations Cup game with South American champions Chile on the front foot from kick off.
Vargas forced a fine save in the first minute before wing-back Jose Pedro Fuenzalida was impressively denied by the 21-year-old stopper.
Cameroon threatened at the other end with Ngadjui’s well-angled header ruled out for offside. But the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners struggled to stem the tide from Chile’s all-out attacking style.
With the half entering the stoppage time, former Hoffenheim striker Vargas thought he had given Chile a deserved lead after he finished off Arturo Vidal’s through ball with a chipped finish over Ondoa.
But the celebrations were cut short when Skomina ruled Vargas to be offside after referral to the video assistants. The Chileans were incensed by the length of time to make the decision and the offside call itself which was marginal and required consideration on the referee’s part.
Alexis was introduced to a rapturous applause from the crowd in the Russian capital as coach Juan Antonio Pizzi looked to add an extra threat to his side’s attack.
Chile’s successor to Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli was justified in his decision to keep Alexis wrapped in cotton wool as the Arsenal star perfectly assisted the opener with nine minutes left. Sanchez crossed for Vidal who timed his run well and headed past Ondoa from close range.
Sanchez was involved in the second in stoppage time, beating the offside trap with the help of the video assistants before Vargas finished off into an empty net.