Cameroon hit again from two objectives right down to safe a 3-3 draw with Serbia that preserves each side’ probabilities of advancing to the World Cup spherical of 16.
The Indomitable Lions, with common goalkeeper Andre Onana reportedly on his approach dwelling after a falling out with coach Rigobert Tune, scored first via Jean-Charles Castelletto just for Serbia to grab management via objectives from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
It appeared Dragan Stojkovic’s males had been cruising however they had been stung by two objectives in three second-half minutes, substitute Vincent Aboubakar’s intelligent end lowering the arrears earlier than Eric Choupo-Moting introduced Cameroon stage.
Serbia bossed the majority of the primary half however needed to wait till simply earlier than half-time to make their superiority depend within the Group G conflict at Al Janoub Stadium on Monday.
Mitrovic fired a left-footed strike in opposition to the publish within the sixth minute following a neat one-two with Dusan Tadic and, six minutes later, got here shut once more by taking pictures extensive from shut vary after the ball bobbled across the Cameroon field.
Serbia had been made to pay for his profligacy when Cameroon took the lead approaching the half-hour mark.
Pierre Kunde whipped in a nook from the left that was flicked on by Nicolas Nkoulou and Castelletto tapped in on the far publish.
Cameroon might have doubled their benefit after 43 minutes however Kunde fired straight at goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic when clear via earlier than slicing the rebound horribly extensive.
It was to show a important second as Serbia turned the sport round earlier than the break.
First, Pavlovic headed in Tadic’s floated free-kick earlier than Sergej Milinkovic-Savic drove dwelling from the sting of the field, though Onana’s deputy Devis Epassy ought to have executed higher.
Mitrovic received the aim his all-round show deserved eight minutes into the second half.
Pretty interaction from Filip Kostic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic enabled Andrija Zivkovic to search out house on the proper aspect of the realm and his cut-back was good for Mitrovic to faucet into an empty web.
Cameroon seemed to be crushed however the Fifty fifth-minute introduction of Aboubakar turned the sport on its head.
The Al Nassr striker made it 3-2 after 64 minutes, working on to Castelletto’s via ball earlier than producing an impudent scoop over Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic – the aim given after a VAR examine.
He then turned supplier two minutes later, escaping down the proper earlier than crossing for Choupo-Moting to fireplace in.
Mitrovic might have clinched it however shot straight at Epassy.
What does it imply? Cameroon teetering getting ready to elimination
The draw ended Cameroon’s run of eight successive defeats on the World Cup. Qualification for the knockout part continues to be unlikely, nevertheless. Tune’s males must beat Brazil on matchday three and hope different outcomes go their approach.
Serbia additionally must win their ultimate match in opposition to Switzerland on Friday to have any probability of staying within the event.
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Mitrovic the hero and villain
Fulham striker Mitrovic scored and was a relentless menace to the Cameroon defence, however wasted quite a few probabilities to place Serbia out of sight.
He should have scored twice within the first half and, with a chaotic recreation delicately poised at 3-3, ought to have executed higher late on than fireplace straight at Epassy.
Aboubakar offers Cameroon’s’ spark
Aboubakar has surprisingly not began both of Cameroon’s video games in Qatar regardless of ending as the highest scorer on the 2021 African Cup of Nations.
The previous Porto man was sensible following his introduction. Named man of the match regardless of approaching within the Fifty fifth minute, he loved a team-high 5 touches within the opposition field and three photographs, two of which had been heading in the right direction.
Cameroon meet Brazil on Friday whereas Serbia tackle Switzerland.