Toothless Cameroon end goal drought in fortuitous fashion

29th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Cameroon‘s World Cup preparations have been unconvincing to say the least and since disappointing at the African Cup of Nations in January, haven’t won an international. Moreover, it had been 180 minutes since the Indomitable Lions last found the opposing net and it took Paul Le Guen‘s men the best part of 83 minutes before they finally ended their goal drought through Enoh Eyong, who’s courageous attitude inside the Slovakia six-yard area was reward with a scrappy goal, thus saving the bacon of coach Paul Le Guen.

 

Slovakia opened the scoring after just seven minutes when Kamil Kopunek found the top corner of the Cameroon goal with perfection. It was a bright start from Vladimir Weiss‘ men, who grew in confidence after the goal and were dominant in the first period, dictating the tempo of the game without too much of a fuss from their African opponents. Early in the second half, Stanislav Sesturk, who arrived onto the scene at half-time, took a little over 5minutes before he made a real impact on the game, almost scoring Slovakia’s second only to see his turn-and-shot effort come back off the crossbar. The VFL Bochum striker was lively in the second period, sitting off the last man, and manufactured another opening a little later although his latest effort was comfortably saved by the Cameroon shot-stopper. Sesturk remained a constant threat though, and his smart runs will be a big asset for the Slovaks in South Africa.

It wasn’t until the clock hit 70 minutes Cameroon finally began stepping up the gears and applied some pressure onto a Slovakia defence which went largely untested up till then. As Le Guen urged his men forward, Cameroon began to turn the screw and had Slovakia pinned in their final third and playing on the counter. In fairness though, Cameroon still didn’t look dangerous in front of goal and it was easy to spot why the ‘Indomitable Lions’ hadn’t score for quite some time. However, with seven minutes remaining, Eyong of Ajax shown his courageous side by diving into a 50/50 challenge with the keeper with his reward being the sight of the ball looping into the net and ending a baron run in front of goal for the African side.

 

Once again it was a toothless performance from Cameroon, with a lack of backbone in midfield very much apparent not only in this 1-1 draw with Slovakia but also in their 0-0 draw with minnows Georgia during the week. Moreover, without Samuel Eto‘s darting runs and all-round lively activity up front, Cameroon look clueless when it comes to putting together a meaningful attack and finishing it off. So news that Eto himself has been quoted as saying he’s reconsidering a trip to South Africa because of some recent negative comments from Cameroon legend Roger Milla won’t have gone down too well with the natives, while coach Paul Le Guen must now be shaky in his boots at the prospect of Eto bailing on him. Eto wasn’t present against Slovakia because of his workmanlike efforts in the UEFA Champions League final a week ago.

From a Slovakia perspective, throughout the 90 minutes the positives outweighed the negatives. The manner in which they controlled the opening 45 minutes was very impressive, creating chances at will and causing Cameroon plenty of problems at the back. They remained sold in defence throughout, with only that rare mix-up for the Cameroon goal to note, but there were some pleasing performances from the likes of Sesturk, Weiss and Stoch, although ironically their star man and captain, Marek Hamsik, did become a tad isolated at times and wasn’t involved as much as we or coach Weiss would have liked. On the whole, however, a very pleasing performance and Slovakia will now head back to camp feeling a tad hard done by as they were the better team on the day.




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