Confederations Cup, Group B
Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow 7pm
Cameroon vs Chile – Match Preview – Cameroon and Chile will begin their Confederations Cup campaigns this Sunday at 20:00 GMT. The South American outfit are making their tournament debut and will find life difficult in their opening Group B match against a youthful Cameroon side. Winning the African Cup of nations was Cameroon’s ticket into this tournament; a tournament they believe they can go all the way in. However, Alexis Sanchez and co will come out all guns blazing in what could prove to be a cracking match.
The African side enter the match in mixed form. In their two recent friendlies, they beat Morocco 1-0 but where then halted by a Colombian barrage of goals that ended in an embarrassing 4-0 loss. Manager, Hugo Broos, will be looking for his side to rejuvenate the form from their wonderful African Cup of nations campaign earlier this year. Cameroon will also be searching to avenge the aggravating loss to France back in 2003 in the Confederations Cup final. Can Cameroon cause a shock in Group B with a win?
Chile are favourites to finish second in Group B, unsurprising taking in to consideration their personnel such as Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal. Chile have also had a shaky run of results in their recent friendlies. The most recent loss against Romania has left manager, Juan Pizzi, hoping his side can look to their key players for results this campaign. Can Chile calm the nerves with three points?
The last time these two nations met was all the way back in 1998, when they met at the FIFA World Cup. The match ended 1-1, could we see another draw on the cards?
Chile are without their first-choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, due to a calf injury.
Chile will have to look to second choice goalkeeper, Johnny Herrera, to fill the Manchester City keeper’s boots. Herrera plays his club football in his home country of Chile, for Club Universidad de Chile, in the Primera Division. Can he begin his campaign with a clean sheet?
Cameroon are without left-back, Ambroise Oyongo, due to a knee injury.
The African champions will look to key attacker, Vincent Aboubakar, who is their best hope for a goal against the solid Chile defence. Can Aboubakar produce the goods?