What looked like a comeback fight was quickly checked by a third goal
from the German Machines to ensure that African Champions Cameroon
crashed out of the FIFA Confederations Cup holding in Russia.
Vincent Aboubakar scored in the 78th minute to raise Cameroonian and
African hopes after Emest Mabouka was sent off for a reckless tackle but
this was short-lived as the Germans quickly responded through two-goals
hero Timo Werner in the 81st minute to put the game to bed with a 3-1
Cameroon drew their previous match against Australia 1-1 and had most
supporters believing that they could work a magic against Joachim Löw’s
side but it was not meant to be.
The last time an African team went past the group stage of a FIFA
Confederations Cup competition was in 2003 when Cameroon made it all the
way to the final before losing 1-0 to host France.
The Indomitable Lions will now turn their attention to the World Cup
qualifiers where they confront the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a
double-header and hope to qualify from a ‘group of death’ that also
include Algeria and Zambia. They currently sit second with two points
after two rounds of matches.
Cameroon now joins host Russia, New Zealand and Australia to make up teams that failed to make it past the group stage.
In the other Group B match, Chile drew 1-1 with Australia to finish
in second place and will now battle Portugal in the Semi-final.
28/6 PORTUGAL vs CHILE 7pm
29/6 GERMANY vs MEXICO 7pm