Cameroon, Serbia share points in classic draw at Qatar 2022

Cameroon, Serbia share points in classic draw at Qatar 2022

Cameroon overturned Serbia’s two-goal lead to snatch a point in an entertaining and thrilling game.

Slightly against the run of play, Cameroon broke the deadlock in the 29th minute. A corner from the left is flicked on at the near post and Jean-Charles Castelletto is there at the back stick to tap home from close range.

In the 44th minute, Cameroon had the opportunity to double their lead. Pierre Kunde intercepts a stray Serbia pass and bursts into the area. His initial shot is parried straight back to him by goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, but Kunde slices his second effort wide.

Cameroon looked certain to be heading into half-time with the lead before stoppage-time goals from Serbia’s Pavlovic and Milinkovic-Savic.

Serbia won a free-kick just at the end of first half, which Dusan Tadic lofts into the box; and Strahinja Pavlovic rises unmarked before burying a powerful header into the corner.

Serbia turned the game around two minutes later. Andrija Zivkovic laid the ball off to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in space on the edge of the box. The Lazio midfielder powered home a low shot that Devis Epassy got a glove on but could not keep out.

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The first half ended with Cameroon trailing Serbia. The men in white got the first say in the second half. They extended their lead with a Mitrovic goal. The Cameroon defence split open with tiki-taka between four white shirts.

Cameroon reduced the deficit after Aboubakar put the ball inside the net, and VAR deemed it a goal. He chipped it over the goalkeeper and into the net. His run is perfect, getting on the end of Castelletto’s long ball before a delicate finish.

The African side drew level when Aboubakar was played in behind the defence again. He then lays the ball across for Eric Choupo-Moting to tap home.

Next, Cameroon face Brazil in their final match in Group G, with Serbia up against Switzerland. Both teams know they must win their final match to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stage.

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