Cameroon becomes Africa’s first casualty at WC

June 19, 2014 at 2:05 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Cameroon, Cameroon News, News
The game between Cameroon and Croatia in Arena Amazonia was the second game for both teams at the World Cup but was a do-or die for the two who needed a win to keep their hopes alive in the tournament

midfielder Alexandre Song (R)  walks off the pitch after being given a red card AFP PHOTO
midfielder Alexandre Song (R) walks off the pitch after being given a red card AFP PHOTO

Cameroon stared the game like it was a knock-off game showing the Croatians their intentions. They were awarded a free-kick early in the game, getting a chance to test the Croatian keeper but never made full use of it.

The Africans had a strong presence but the Europeans quickly found their feet and began stretching the Cameroonian defence. Their pressure resulted in forward Ivica Olic netting his side’s opener.

The Cameroonians were obviously missing their influential star captain Samuel Eto’o with midfielder come defender Stephane Mbia seeming to carry most of the team’s responsibility by being involve in nearly all his team’s attempts. Croatia played a more organized game in the first half than their opponents.

Things were made worse just before the end of the half when he unnecessarily hit Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić for no apparent reason leading Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca to give him a straight red card leaving Cameroon with ten men going into the second half.

The second stanza was not as high paced as the first from Cameroon. This made the Croatians dictate the action which produced a second goal from midfielder Ivan Perisic three minutes into the half. This seems to have killed any fighting spirit spoken to the Cameroonians.

Mandžukić’s hunger for a game was evident throughout the game after serving a suspension in the open game. He scored a brace on the night, with the first goal coming in halfway through the second half in the 68th minute and another twelve minute later to kill off the Africans.

The game ended with Cameroon trying to find a conciliation goal but it never came, the team’s frustrations were clear as Assou Ekotto took them out on a teammate by head-butting a teammate. Croatia finished the game 4-0 giving them their best result at a World Cup.

Bonginkosi Tiwane


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