Chile looked set to settle for a draw until the Arsenal man came on.
African champions Cameroon fell 2-0 to South America’s Chile in their opening FIFA Confederations Cup match on Sunday.
The scoreline could have been worse for Cameroon who had goalkeeper, Fabrice Ondoa to thank for a string of saves.
Chile thought they had broken Ondoa’s resistance on the stroke of half time when Eduardo Vargas swept home at the end of a fluid move.
But the Video Assistant Referee was called upon, leading to the goal being disallowed and the first half ending goalless, much to Arturo Vidal‘s fury.
Chile continued to dominate the encounter and finally broke the deadlock 10 minutes from time when Vidal met substitute, Alexis Sanchez‘s cross with a powerful header.
The result was sealed in the 90th minute when Vargas got his goal off a rebound from Sanchez’s blocked shot on the line.
Chile’s 2-0 win puts them top of the group, though, world champions Germany could replace them there if they beat Australia in Monday’s match.
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