Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates his goal against Cameroon at Moscow on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Arturo Vidal's late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.
Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.
The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal. Vargas, who missed a host of earlier chances, added a second in added time after another video review.
The victory gave Chile a perfect start to their maiden Confederations Cup campaign, after they qualified by successfully defending their Copa America title last year.
"It was very important to start in the right way with our goal to become champions," said Vidal, who also dedicated the triumph to the victims of a fierce storm in Chile that has claimed several lives.
"We were superior to Cameroon, pressed harder and looked to score more... Even though it was hard to play the first Confederations Cup match in our history," he added.
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