Confederations Cup: African champions earn first point in Russia



Cameroon secured their first point at the 2017 Confederations Cup today after two matches in Group B following a 1-1 draw with Australia at the Stadion Krestovskyi in Russia.

The Indomitable Lions took the lead in the first-half stoppage time when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa aplombly flicked the ball over advancing Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan after running on to a lofted long pass.

The goal was chorusly cheered by Russian fans who led chants of Cam-ay-roon in the second half, in an attempt to help lift the African champions to victory over the Socceroos.

Australia captain Mark Milligan levelled the score from the penalty spot in the 60th minute after the referee pointed to the spot after a trip on wing-back Alex Gersbach was confirmed by a video review shown on the stadium screens.

The favourites to advance from Group B, Germany and Chile, play later on Thursday in Kazan.

The result between Cameroon and Australia however, extends a winless run at FIFA tournaments for two teams that each lost their opening game in Russia and all three matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as both teams face early exits from the pre-World Cup tournament.

Cameroon face Germany in the final group game on Sunday, when Australia plays Chile.


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