Cameroon fail against Australia


By Tatenda Choto

African champions Cameroon dismally failed to overcome Australia by securing a draw in their second match of the confederations cup yesterday in the Zenit Arena.

The match started with the Africans attacking from all flanks especially through the pace of Christian Bassogog.

Bassogog created moments of terror for the Australian defence creating many goal scoring opportunities for Vincent Aboubakar who couldn’t make any significance all match in finding goal.

The indomitable Lions took the lead through Andre-Frank Zambo Anguisa who anticipated a nicely chipped through pass from defensive line which he managed to lob past keeper Mathew Ryan who was away from goal for an opener just before half time.

Cameroon came close after Bassogog once again managed to dribble past the Australian defence to deliver a clever draw-in to the unmarked Aboubakar who made an impossible miss by placing the ball far wider from goal.

Aboubakar missed another glorious opportunity from substitute Karl Toko Ekambi but could not make it count.

Australia could not leave Cameroon unpunished for the missed opportunities before a penalty was awarded with the help Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and the Australian Captain, Mark Milligan’s managed to place the ball past the goalkeeper for an equaliser.

An exciting stalemate was witnessed later at Zenit Arena as Chile shared the spoils against a youthful Germany. Alex Sanchez opened the score sheet in the 6th minute after playing a one-two-one with Arturo Vidal before firing home.

The Germans equalised through Lars Stindl who was quicker than the Chilean defence to place the ball past Johnny Herrera three minutes before half time. The second half lacked action compared to the second with both sides failing to change the score line.

The table remains unchanged with Chile and Germany topping the group with four points each whilst Australia and Cameroon are at the bottom with a point each after playing two games.