Cameroon holds steady in second half and tie 3-3 with Serbia

It was Serbia who started the brightest, however, after Mitrovic lobbed a header over the bar, he hit the post as his quick footwork created a shot opportunity from a tight angle.

He had another great opportunity when Cameroon made a mess clearing their lines and the ball fell to him seven meters with the whole goal to aim, but he fired wide.

Cameroon took the lead from set pieces after Serbia needlessly conceded a corner. Castelletto took advantage of the end of Nicolas N’Koulou’s play to touch home at the far post.

Serbia equalized in stoppage time in the first half with a goal that was also easy in its execution. Dusan Tadic fired a free kick into the box and Pavlovic rose higher to direct the ball into the corner of the net.

They took the lead two minutes later when the Cameroon defense gave Milinkovic-Savic time to pick his spot from the edge of the box and headed the ball into the net.

The third for Serbia was a very well worked one that was started and finished by Mitrovic. He drove towards the Cameroonian area and after a succession of passes inside the penalty area, the ball was squared by Andrija Zivkovic and the beefy number nine finished off with a simple touch.

That was the signal for Aboubakar to come off the bench. He first provided a perfect chip into the net to make it 3-2, then overcame the offside trap, running clear and firing a low cross for Choupo-Moting to level the tie and keep Cameroon alive in the competition.

Cameroon coach Rigobert Song ruled out goalkeeper Andre Onana for the match. It was not immediately clear why Onana was left out amid reports it was for disciplinary reasons.


Sports news, scores and expert commentary. Subscribe to our sports newsletter.

Show More


Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

Related Articles

Back to top button