June 18th saw Group B’s first match played–between Chile, and Cameroon–.
The obvious favorite for this match was Chile. The reason being, Chile according to Fifa’s rankings is the 4th best national team in the world. Cameroon is at the spot of 32nd, which is good but doesn’t measure up to the world-class rank of Chile. Plus, Chile have world-class players like Sanchez–he did begin the game on the bench due to injury, however he was still eligible for play– and Vidal, while Cameroon doesn’t have any player who can match their skill. Though Cameroon is still quite a good team, this match was expected as a walk in the park for Chile.
Chile got the ball to begin the first half. In the first minute, Eduardo Vargas–Chilean forward– shows how deadly Chile can be by already getting a shot off. Chile continued taking shots, but seemingly couldn’t get any decent shot on target. In the last minute Chile changed this. Eduardo Vargas makes a last minute take the lead goal to end the half, after receiving a through-ball. Well we thought it was a take to the lead goal, though the video assisted referee found that he was off-sides. We went into half-time tied 0-0. While there were other events that took place in between these goals, and even after going into halftime these were the highlights.
Portugal kicked it off to begin the second half. For the first 35 minutes of the half no one was able to score. By the 80th minute, it was clear if Chile wanted the 3 points they would need to act fast. Vidal received an opportunity when a cross came his way, and he was able to head it into the back of the net. Chile were now winning 1-0. In added time Sanchez juked out the keeper, but had his shot blocked. Vargas got the rebound, and scored. The goal didn’t count however, as he was ruled off-sides. This time the video assisted referee was on his side, and overturned the call giving the goal. Chile won 2-0. The final whistle was blown, and the match was over.
As Chile and Australia may soon be battling it out to make it out of group stage, this was a must win game. Group B having three very strong teams in Germany, Chile, and Australia will likely provide a close contest for the top two spots. It also can’t be argued that with a rank of 32, Cameroon is also a very skille team.
The Confederations Cup still has a lot of matches to look forward to. We will be covering all the other matches, so if you are interested in what happens for each match but can’t watch them live, then we have got you covered. Big matches will be covered live with play-by-play–our play-by-play focuses on key moments, though a lot is covered–.
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