Late goals hand Chile winning start in Confederations Cup

first_img(REUTERS)-Alexis Sanchez came on as second half substitute to inspire Chile to a 2-0 victory over Cameroon in their opening Confederations Cup outing on Sunday but he had to share the spotlight with the video assistant referee.Sanchez provided the cross for Arturo Vidal to head home their 81st minute opener and inspired the second goal as well. He beat the offside trap but failed to score. Eduardo Vargas was on hand to put the ball into the net in the dying seconds.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) also made an impact as Chile were denied a legitimate looking goal on the stroke of halftime and technology was used again at the end of the match to overturn a linesman’s offside call.Vargas had the ball in the net as the match moved into stoppage time at the end of the first half, deftly lifting it over the onrushing Cameron goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after being expertly fed by a defence-splitting pass from Vidal.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.Vargas looked to be millimetres ahead of the last man in a tight call that was hotly contested by the angry Chileans as they headed down the tunnel for the interval.But Vargas was on the right side of technology for Chile’s second as Sanchez sprung the offside trap from just inside the Cameroon half to round the goalkeeper only to have his own effort blocked. Vargas followed up the rebound only to see the linesman’s flag shoot up.But a quick check with the VAR found both Chilean players had been onside and the decision was reversed to confirm a two-goal winning marginThere was no dispute about Vidal’s goal as he rose above two defenders to power home the ball as Sanchez, who had been ruled out of the starting line-up through injury but came in early in the second half, provided the perfect assist.The African champions came closest when captain Benjamin Moukandjo hit narrowly wide with a shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half.last_img read more

Serie A week 12 Preview

first_imgSassuolo v AC MilanPopular Prediction: XVincenzo Montella would be heading to this Seria A weekend with the danger of losing his job, a lose to Sasuolo could be a decider to his stay at the seven times UEFA Champions league champions side.Rossoneri were uninspired against AEK on Thursday night after a goalless draw.Montella’s side are already 12 points off the Champions League places, and if that gap increases he could well be given his marching orders.Sassuolo have failed to win their last 5 home matches.Sassuolo have never scored more than a single goal in their games so far in this Serie A campaignMilan have won just one of their last five trips here in Serie ASassuolo have failed to score in their last three home games.Last meeting : Genoa 0-1 SampdoriaMatch Time : Sunday  8:45p.mVenue :Mapei stadiumRelatedSerie A Review: Inter Pip Lazio To Final UCL Spot To End 6-Year WaitMay 21, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Napoli Wrestle Top Spot From Juventus With Bologna Win As Milan Edge Lazio In Big ClashJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: The Big Teams Show SuperiorityOctober 26, 2017In “Europe” Bologna vs Crotone:Popular Prediction : Crotone to win or draw.Bologna have won 5 of their last 6 matches against Crotone in all competitionsCrotone have lost 5 of their last 6 away matchesBologna have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Crotone in all competitionsBologna have lost with a 1 goal margin in their last 3 matchesBologna have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Crotone in all competitionsBologna beat Crotone both home and away last season, and SPAL are so far the only team they beat at home this term. Furthermore, they managed to draw with Inter on home turf. That being said, Crotone will be brimming with confidence after their shock win over Fiorentina and will be fancying their chances at trying to grab at least a point here.Last meeting: Bologna 1-0 CrotoneMatch Time: Saturday 6p.mVenue: Renato dall’Ara Genoa v SampdoriaPopular Prediction: Sampdoria to win or drawSaturday night sees Genoa and Sampdoria meet in the Derby della Lanterna, with the future of Grifone Coach Ivan Juric on the line because Genoa have won just one game all season.The Blucerchiati would love to have nothing more than a maximum point from this match against their city rivals. in a popular Derby della Mole.Sampdoria have played 5 away games with a win, 2draw and 2 lost this seasonLast meeting: Genoa 0-1 SampdoriaMatch Time : Saturday 8:45p.mVenue: Luigi Ferraris Juventus v BeneventoPopular Prediction: Juventus to winBenevento, who have yet to even pick up a single point, also have the worst attack in the division, with a measly four goals scored so far would be facing the Old Lady, a side that can boast of having netted the most time this season. Though Juventus are far from being in their top form this season in their local fixtures, having loss a game at home to Lazio.Juventus have won 36 of their last 38 home matchesBenevento have lost their last 11 matchesJuventus have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 13 matchesBenevento have been losing at both half time and full time in 7 of their last 8 matchesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Juventus’s last 7 home gamesBenevento have conceded at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matchesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in Benevento’s last 3 gamesLast meeting : Non AppearanceMatch Time : Sunday  3:00p.mVenue :Allianz Stadium Cagliari v Hellas VeronaPopular Prediction : Cagliari to win or drawThe Rossoblu should be able to rebound here and pick up a much needed win. Despite their leaky defense last term, they avoided releation, and would need to be more careful at this campaign.Verona will be desperate to try to end their three-match losing streak.Verona have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matchesVerona have lost their last 3 matchesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in Verona’s last 4 away gamesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in Cagliari’s last 5 gamesLast meeting: Cagliari 1-2 VeronaMatch Time : Sunday  3:00p.mVenue: Sardegna stadiumAtalanta v SPALPopular Prediction: Atalanta to winLa Dea will be frustrated from their results from the Europa League midweek but will have to focus on getting back on track having lost to Udinese last round.Atalanta are undefeated in 16 of their last 17 home matchesTheir only loss so far was a 1-0 defeat to Roma on MD 1 of this seasonThey’ve won 11 times thus far on home turfBefore beating Genoa last Sunday, SPAL had taken only one point from their previous eight league gamesSPAL have lost their last 4 away matchesSPAL have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matchesLast meeting: Non AppearanceMatch Time : Sunday  6:00p.mVenue: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia (Bergamo). Top teams would be setting a relentless pace though, so most stars can afford to take their eye off the ball before heading off for international duty. Chievo v NapoliPopular Prediction : Napoli to winNapoli have been in excellent form so far this season, having dropped just two points from the whole campaign so far.However, Faouzi Ghoulam was forced off with an injury against Manchester City on Wednesday, and it was later confirmed he’ll be out for at least three months with a cruciate ligament injury.The Partenopei have Mario Rui as a replacement, but he’s played a grand total of three minutes all season.Napoli have scored at least 3 goals in 13 of their last 15 matchesNapoli have won 15 of their last 16 matchesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Chievo’s last 6 home gamesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in 19 of Napoli’s last 21 away gamesNapoli have won their last 4 away matches against Chievo in all competitionsChievo have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 matchesLast meeting: Chievo 1-3 NapoliMatch Time : Sunday  3:00p.mVenue: Marc Anthonio Inter Milan v TorinoPopular Prediction: Inter Milan to winGiven that they only have to play in general once a week, Luciano Spalletti’s men are benefiting from the added rest that Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Lazio, and AC Milan don’t get from competing on multiple fronts.Inter are undefeated in 20 of their last 22 matches against Torino in all competitions.Torino have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matchesInter have won 11 of their last 13 matchesInter have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matchesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Torino’s last 8 gamesInter have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches againstls scored in Benevento’s last 3 gamesLast meeting: Inter Milan 2-1 TorinoMatch Time : Sunday  12:30p.mVenue: San Siro SS Lazio v UdinesePopular Prediction : Lazio to winWith a blasting form of their life, Lazio who currently defeated Nice at the Europa Cup and book their place in the knock out stage already would love to continue their performance when they face Udinese. With defeats in five out of their last six at the Stadio Olimpico, whilst they have also failed to score in all but one during that same time frame.Lazio have won 5 of their last 6 home matches against Udinese in all competitionsLazio have won their last 6 matchesThere have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Udinese’s last 8 gamesLazio have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches against Udinese in all competitionsLazio have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 matchesLazio have won their last six Serie A games.Last meeting: Lazio 1-0 UdineseMatch Time : Sunday  3:00p.mVenue: Stadio Olimpicolast_img read more