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Confederations Cup – Preview: Cameroon vs Chile

The Confederations Cup has kicked off yesterday, with host country Russia winning 2-0 against New Zealand. African champions Cameroon will face Copa America winners Chile, tonight at 20:00, in Moscow.

Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 18, 2017.

While Cameroon are at their third appearance in the Confederations Cup, Chile will be making their debut in the competition, after winning back to back Copa America. However, their debut will not be an easy one. The South Americans will miss their main goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, as Manchester City’s shot stopper is out with injury.

On the other side, the Africans will be participating in the competition for the third time, their first since 2003, however. Their coach, Hugo Broos is very confident of his team’s chances of success.

In a group B with world champions, Germany, it looks set that the two teams will face a tough battle for the second place. However, Chile’s recent performances and Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nation’s winning against the odds, are ingredients that will ensure a great match.

Chile’s superstar, Alexis Sanchez, is just one goal away from becoming the nation’s all-time top goalscorer and Arsenal’s man will be looking to achieve that with his first opportunity. Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas are two other important parts of “La Roja” team, as they will be looking to confirm their good moment.

Cameroon have won their fifth Africa Cup of Nations this year, defeating Egypt, 2-1 in the final. Against all odds, “The Indomitable Lions” went on to win the competition, although they were ranked as underdogs, behind teams like Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Egypt and Ghana. And now, they have come to the Confederations Cup with the second-youngest team in the competition, after Germany.

Possible line-ups:

Cameroon (4-3-3): Fabrice Ondoa; Collins Fai – Adolphe Teikeu – Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui – Jonathan Ngwem; Arnaud Djoum – Sebastien Siani – Benjamin Moukandjo; Christian Bassogog – Vincent Aboubakar – Jacques Zoua.

Chile (4-3-3): Johnny Herrera; Mauricio Isla – Gary Medel – Gonzalo Jara – Jean Beausejour; Arturo Vidal – Marcelo Diaz – Charles Aranguiz; Jose Fuenzalida – Eduardo Vargas – Alexis Sanchez.