Chile Holds Off Cameroon's Rally to Advance
By Ronald Blum
Tuesday, June 23, 1998; 12:07 p.m. EDT
NANTES, France Chile withstood a furious second-half challenge from shorthanded Cameroon and qualified for the second round of the World Cup today with a 1-1 tie.
The draw, coupled with group-winner Italy's 2-1 victory over Austria, left Chile in second place and moved it into a second-round match with defending-champion Brazil Saturday in Paris.
Before a colorful and overwhelmingly Chilean crowd at the Stade de la Beaujoire, Jose Sierra's curling 30-yard free kick into the top right corner of the net gave Chile the lead in the 31st minute of a first half it dominated.
And the second half appeared headed the same way when Cameroon defender Rigobert Song received a red card in the 52nd minute for elbowing Marcelo Salas.
But Patrick Mboma out-leaped Pedro Reyes to put home an 8-yard header in the 56th to tie the game, and Francois Omam Biyick appeared to give Cameroon the lead two minutes later before his goal was disallowed by an apparent pushing foul near the penalty area.
It was the second disallowed goal of the game for Biyick, who was offsides when he drilled a 20-meter shot home in the 35th minute.
Cameroon was reduced to nine men in the 88th minute when Lavariano Etame was given a red card, with Salas again the victim of the foul.
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