June 22nd saw another Group B match. This time between Australia vs Cameroon.
The favorite for this match was Cameroon. The reason being, Cameroon according to Fifa’s rankings is the 32th best national team in the world. Australia is at the spot of 48rd, which means that these two teams are fairly close when it comes to skill. Australia never looked like they didn’t have a good chance of taking the game.
The first half was overall underwhelming. The only real highlight for the beginning 45 minutes was the stoppage time goal by Andre Zambo Anguissa, a midfielder for Cameroon. Cameroon were now up 1-0. While there were other events that took place in between these goals, and even after going into halftime these were the highlights.
While the second half was still decently underwhelming, it was more event packed. At the 60 minute mark Australia was able to strike back. Mark Milligan, an Australian defender, delivered the equalizer. The game was now tied. It was now clear to Australia by the 65th minute that if they wanted to take the game a change had to be made. So, they subbed out Robbie Kruse in favor of bringing in James Troisi. They made another substitution by the 70th minute when they subbed in Tim Cahill for Tomi Juric. 7 minutes later Cameroon made their first substitution. They subbed in Karl Toko Ekambi for Benjamin Moukandjo. Australia made the final substitution of the game by the 79th minute. They subbed out Tomas Rogic for Jackson Irvine. The 81st minute saw the game’s first yellow card go to Australian defender, Baily Wright. Cameroon forward, Sebastian Sani, answered back with a yellow card of his own in the 87th minute. In stoppage time Cameroon defender, Ernest Mabouka, got the game’s final yellow card. The 90th minute came, and the match was over.
As these two teams were underdogs of Group B, this game was a needed win if either of them were going to upset either Germany or Chile by qualifying for the Semi-Finals. With this tie, hopes of advancing to the Semi-Finals for either team turned bleak.
The Confederations Cup still has a decent number of matches to look forward to. We will be covering all the other matches, so if you are interested in what happens for each match but can’t watch them live, then we have got you covered. Big matches will be covered live with play-by-play–our play-by-play focuses on key moments, though a lot is covered–.
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