Russia 1 Chile 1: Vasin denies visitors despite Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez made a starring appearance from the substitutes' bench
as Chile drew with Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup.
Viktor Vasin's header gave Russia a 1-1 home draw against Chile despite
Alexis Sanchez making an impressive impact from the bench for the visitors.
Arturo Vidal had a header controversially disallowed in the first half
in Moscow, but Sanchez came on early in the second and made an instant
impact, setting up Mauricio Isla to score with a superb pass.
But defender Vasin struck back for Russia with a thumping header to ensure
his side avoided defeat in their final warm-up match before the Confederations
Chile, meanwhile, have one more friendly against Romania on Tuesday and
have now only lost one of their last nine games.
Russia meet Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand in Group A of the competition,
while Chile will play Germany, Cameroon and Australia.
Stanislav Cherchesov's men made a bright start, with Denis Glushakov weaving
to the edge of area and firing just wide early on.
The hosts came even closer when Dmitri Kombarov played a neat one-two
with Aleksandr Samedov and then produced a low strike from 20 yards that
clipped the post.
Chile, captained by Gary Medel as he became the country's fourth player
to reach 100 caps, took control for the rest of the first half.
Igor Akinfeev had to make a superb reaction save after Jose Fuenzalida's
right-wing cross led to Isla sending a shot a towards the bottom corner.
Vidal then had two headed opportunities presented to him by Jean Beausejour,
but saw one saved by Akinfeev and another clear the crossbar.
There was controversy shortly before half-time when Vidal thought he had
put the visitors in front. He powered in another headed effort from eight
yards after a corner from the left but fumed when referee Jesus Gil Manzano
ruled the goal out, adjudging he had fouled marker Roman Shishkin.
Johnny Herrera made an unconvincing save from a Glushakov free-kick at
the start of the second half, before the Chile goalkeeper then saved from
Fedor Smolov, who failed to convert after being slipped through by Aleksey
Chile brought on Sanchez and the Arsenal star set up the opening goal
just 52 seconds after coming on.
His exquisite pass found Isla's run down the right and the full-back took
one touch before beating Akinfeev with a low left-footed finish.
Martin Rodriguez squandered a glorious chance to double his side's lead,
slicing a chance badly wide after Sanchez had set him up inside the area.
And that proved costly when Russia levelled after 67 minutes, Vasin rising
to thump a header past Herrera from six yards after he had been found
by Dmitri Kombarov's corner.
Sanchez had a long-range strike saved from Akinfeev before Glushakov's
overhead kick was kept out by Herrera in the closing stages as the contest
Goal.com, Jun 9, 2017
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Russia 1-1 Chile
June 9, 2017
Moscow. VEB Arena
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain)
Russia: I. Akinfeev (c), F. Kudryashov (R. Kambolov, 81), V. Vasin, R.
Shishkin, I. Smolnikov (A. Erokhin, 66), D. Kombarov (Y. Zhirkov, 73),
D. Glushakov, A. Golovin, Al. Miranchuk (D. Poloz, 60), A. Samedov, F.
Smolov (A. Bukharov, 86).
Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
Hungary: J. Herrera, P. Hernandez (F. Silva, 77), M. Rodriguez, G. Jara,
G. Medel (c) (P. Diaz, 63), J. Beausejour, A. Vidal (C. Pinares, 81),
J. Fuenzalida (A. Sanchez, 55), M. Isla, E. Vargas (A. Zagal, 81), C.
Aranguiz (F. Gutierrez, 74).
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi (Spain)
Goals: Isla (56), Vasin (67)
Cautions: Hernandez (34), Glushakov (50), Jara (65)