Monday 26 June 2017

Cameroon Out Of Confederations Cup

African champion, Cameroon, failed to make the cut to the semifinals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia as the Indomitable Lions lost their last Group B game 3-1 to Germany at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi yesterday.

Germany finished top of the Group on seven points followed by Chile who played 1-1 with Australia. Cameroon is left to play for classification before returning to Yaounde to begin their preparation for the trip to Uyo to play the Super Eagles in the double headed Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in August.

After a goalless first half, highlighted by a superb save from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Die Mannschaft eventually found the breakthrough thanks to Kerem Demirbay, who scored his first goal for Germany with a thunderbolt finish 25 yards from goal after captain Julian Draxler played him through with a neat flick. The Cameroonians were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when, after a Video Assistant Referee review, Ernest Mabouka was sent off for a late challenge on Emre Can. Werner then gave Germany a two-goal cushion with a diving header, his first goal at senior international level, from Joshua Kimmich's cross on the right wing.

Vincent Aboubakar found the net with a glancing header with ten minutes remaining, but Werner restored Germany's two-goal lead, ensuring their first-place position in the group and becoming the first German to score two goals in a single Confederations Cup match with his close-range, accurate finish.

The victory means that Joachim Low's side will stay in Sochi for their semi-final against Mexico on June 29.

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