SAINT PETERSBURG – Cameroon and Australia played out a 1-1 draw in Saint Petersburg, with a point aiding neither of their hopes of reaching the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-finals from Group B.
Textbook chest control from Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa. -- pic.twitter.com/S3VDqCFgZn— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) June 22, 2017
Another ponderous start had seen Cameroon lacking rhythm but, as the half wore on, they found their feet before Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa lofted the ball over Australia goalkeeper Maty Ryan right on half-time.
Goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa of Cameroon and teammate Adolphe Teikeu in action against Tim Cahill of Australia during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Australia at the Saint Petersburg stadium, Russia, 22 June 2017. (EPA / GEORGI LICOVSKI / BACKPAGEPIX)
Cameroon should have been two to the good but were left ruing Vincent Aboubakar’s miss when Socceroos captain Mark Milligan slotted home from the penalty spot.
The African champions looked most likely to find a winner, primarily through the Besiktas forward, but they could not convert.
Christian Bassogog of Cameroon (L) and Alex Gersbach of Australia in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Australia at the Saint Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, 22 June 2017. (EPA / SRDJAN SUKI / BACKPAGEPIX)
Having scored the opening goal of the evening with a coolly-taken lob, lifting the ball over Ryan on the run, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was named Budweiser Man of the Match.
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