The Indomitable Lions of Cameroun were beaten by a young German side in the last group game of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Cameroun, led by the tireless Benjamin Moukandjo played quite well in the first half but eventually capitulated in the second to the superior tactics and the firepower of a rather youthful Mannschaft.
It all started on a wrong footing for the Africa Champions early in the second half. A burst of quick passes in the middle of the park had released Kerem Demirbay who rifled spinning shot into the top roof of Fabrice Ondoa’s goal to set the Germans on a long stretch of domination.
Tried as Cameroun did, they couldn’t outpace nor outthink their opponents.
Ernest Mabouka was issued a red card after some dramatic mix-up later corrected by the Video Assistant Review (VAR) in the 64th minute. The controversial decision created further problems for the Lions.
Timo Werner scored a slow header to give the Germans a two-goal advantage in the 67th minute.
However, the Indomitable Lions pull a goal back in th 79th minute after Vincent Aboubakar nodded in off a fortunate push by a German defender to give a glimpse of hope of a come-back.
That ember of a possible historic exploit was totally extinguished by good play from the Germans on Cameroun’s left side which set up Timo Werner for his second of the night in the 82nd minute.
By that time, Cameroun was reeling and Germany was firmly in charge.
It took several top class saves from Ondoa to keep the score line respectable. Otherwise; it could have been a debacle for the Lions.
Cameroun returns with only a point from the tournament. The indications are quite clear that there is indeed a wide gap between African football and the rest of the world.