Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Claudio Bravo won't return from injury for Chile's Confederations Cup opener

Claudio Bravo won't return from injury for Chile's Confederations Cup opener

Most of the pressure was still being applied by Chile and they eventually cracked the defence of their opponents with substitute Alexis Sanchez clipping in a delightful cross for Vidal to head home.

"The Chileans have a quality team with players such as Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal capable of reversing the fate of any meeting, thanks to their unusual individuality".

Right on half time, Chile thought they had taken the lead when Vargas slotted past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, only for the video review to rule it out for offside.

"We don't risk any player who is not in condition to play and who could aggravate an injury", Pizzi said, when asked if Bravo could return for the South American champion's second game Thursday against Germany.

Slovenian referee Damir Skomina initially awarded it but then, more than minute later, he suddenly reversed the decision on the advice of the VAR, Clement Turpin of France.

Earlier in the day, a goal scored by Portugal's Pepe at the 21st minute of the group stage match between Portugal and Mexico was also disallowed for offside on review.

Cameroon was under pressure immediately, when Eduardo Vargas' first-minute shot cannoned off the post and rebounded back into goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa, nearly going in.

The controversial video review left Chile's confidence dented in the second half, as Cameroon started to push forward, though without creating clear-cut chances.

Benjamin Moukandjo went close to breaking the deadlock for Cameroon in the 66th minute but his curling free-kick sailed inches wide of the upright.

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