Chile beat Cameroon 2-0 as video reviews draw controversy

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 21:22:50

Chile beat Cameroon 2-0 as video reviews draw controversy

MOSCOW, June 19 (AP): Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to set up both Chile's goals in a 2-0 Confederations Cup win over on Sunday - but the video assistant referees were the real stars.

Crowded in front of screens in a darkened room, they disallowed a goal for Chile's narrowly offside Eduardo Vargas just before the break, then awarded Vargas a goal in similar circumstances late on.

With the video review system getting its first airing in a major FIFA tournament, it brought plenty of tension, but also confusion and bitterness.

Arturo Vidal's 81st-minute header from a Sanchez cross finally gave Chile the lead, before Sanchez set up Vargas in added time for the second. Chile missed several early chances despite clear dominance over defensive-minded Cameroon, but thought they'd taken the lead in first-half stoppage time when Vidal passed the ball to Vargas, who slotted the ball past Fabrice Ondoa. Referee Damir Skomina awarded the goal and Chile's players started an elaborate goal celebration, but the decision was then sent for video review.

Players milled about in confusion, some briefly appearing to think the referee had blown for half-time, and Chile's many traveling fans struggled to understand what was going on.
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