Socceroos steal point against wasteful Cameroon

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It was another stuttering performance from the Socceroos but a vital point picked up, David Jordan fills you in on everything you may have missed.

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What Happened

Both sides came into this game looking for a win after disappointing opening fixtures. The Socceroos started brightly but were unable to make the most of it as Cameroon were forced deeper. However The Indomitable Lions were content to wait for the counter, and used it to great effect against an Australian back three unable to cope with their pace.

Vincent Aboubakar caused constant trouble but was unable to take his chances, and it was Frank-Andre Anguissa who opened the scoring on the cusp of the break, latching onto a through ball as he ran across the defence, before deftly chipping Matt Ryan into the corner.

Cameroon began to get further on top in the second half as the Aussies pushed higher, and it was only their wastefulness in front of goal that gave Australia the chance to draw level. Alex Gersbach was brought down in the box and Mark Milligan converted the resulting penalty to pull the Socceroos level in a second half that they never really turned up for.

Talking Points

The Referee: No-one likes to pay out the referee. Okay, well some do. But the official in the centre had a shocker in the second half, particularly when it came to Australia. Yes, he awarded the penalty, however he was happy to let the Lions get away with blue murder on Tom Rogic in the middle of the park while getting trigger-happy on the whistle when Cameroon were on the ball.

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Alex Gersbach: He was good in the sense that he did not look completely out of his depth. Seriously though, Gersbach was one of the few shining lights for the Socceroos, looking largely competent and winning an admittedly contentious penalty.

Needs Work

Cameroon’s finishing was their own worst enemy, with Aboubakar butchering a number of golden chances. They should have been 2-0 up before Australia were awarded their penalty and let the Socceroos off the hook far too often.

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What’s next

Monday morning, the Aussies take on Chile and will need to beat the fourth ranked team in the world by at least two goals to keep their Confederations Cup dream alive. Cameroon, meanwhile, can also still move on, but we don’t want to think about that.

Goal of the Day

Cameroon’s first. On the stroke of half time, a very well weighted through ball found Anguissa inside a napping defence, and his deft chip over Mat Ryan was just enough to find the far corner and give his side the lead.

Miss of the day – Take your pick

Tomi Juric, minutes into the second half. Leckie beat his defender with a first touch down the right before going baseline, and his low cross found Juric in space. But the forward faked once before blasting the ball well over the bar. Needed to do better with the chance.

Or

Basically anything Aboubakar had, however his miss just before Australia’s penalty was criminal. After a delightful cutback from the byline, the forward whipped his shot wide of a basically unguarded goal.

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David Jordan
David Jordan
Former Media Manager of Canberra United and Central Coast Mariners. Get in touch at @DavidJordan33.

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