Beaten up but not given up, Cameroon hit back from two goals down to secure a 3-3 draw with Serbia that preserves both sides’ chances of advancing to the World Cup round of 16.
World Cup 2022 Highlights Cameroon 3-3 Serbia as Choupo-Moting keeps Indomitable Lions alive in one of the best games so far of the tournament.
Cameroon shook with negative update as Andre Onana written off the African side’s squad.
Reports said the keeper fell out with coach Rigobert Song as the pair conflicted in tactics.
Serbia had been close to score within 10 minutes of first half but their strikers just missed it wide inside the 12-yard area.
Mitrovic fired a left-footed strike against the post in the sixth minute following a neat one-two with Dusan Tadic.
However, the Indomitable Lions managed to score first, with Jean-Charles Castelletto showing up at the right time and right place for an easy tap-in at empty net.
The game stood with Cameroon’s lead before the break, but Serbia scored two in three minutes to take back the control, right before half time.
Strahinja Pavlovic’s header helped Serbia to equal the score in the first injury minute, before Sergej Milinkovic-Savic drove home from the edge of the box, 3 minutes later.
Was that all for Cameroon?
Dragan Stojkovic’s men were thought to take control of the game as they scored another when the game resumed within less than 10 minutes to the second half.
Mitrovic scored an easy one as Serbia players were having fun inside Cameroon’s penalty area.
Then, here came the resilient spirit from Cameroon, started with substitute Vincent Aboubakar who was subbed in at the 55th minute.
The Al Nassr striker ran onto Castelletto’s through ball before producing an scoop over Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic – the goal given after a VAR check.
He then turned provider two minutes later, escaping down the right before crossing for Choupo-Moting to fire in as the comeback was completed.
Mitrovic had his chance in injury time, but Epassy was good enough to keep a point and the hope for qualifying alive for his men.
The draw ended Cameroon’s run of eight successive defeats at the World Cup.
Records set for both sides
Cameroon claimed their first World Cup point since beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 back in 2002.
– It was Serbia’s first World Cup draw and the first time they have scored as many as three goals in the competition.
– Cameroon also scored three goals for the first time in a World Cup match.
Cameroon meet Brazil on Friday while Serbia take on Switzerland.
With Selecao already qualified for Round of 16, it’s coming down to the last game to decide the last ticket.
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