5 September 2017
Cameroon scored a late second half penalty Monday to force the Super Eagles to a 1 – 1 draw in front of a much frustrated Cameroon crowd.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa appeared to misjudge an out-of-target ball as he clattered clumsily into an on-rushing Cameroon striker, Vincent Aboubakar.
Aboubakar stepped up to take the kick as he fired a low shot down the middle from six yards to level matters on 75 minutes.
Earlier in the first half, Odion Ighalo side footed a Victor Moses volley to deny Fabrice Ondoa sight of the ball, before Victor Simon met a free ball to volley home from close range.
The game was a return fixture for the Group B World Cup Qualifier played in Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.
Though with 60 per cent overall possession, Cameroon looked blunt and unimaginative in the first half as the Super Eagles ran out a goal to the good. The Lions however upped their game after the equalizer late in the second half only to meet a resolute and well organised Nigerian defence.
Cameroon coach, Hugo Broos, had said his team stood little chance after Friday’s 4 – 0 bashing at the hands of the Eagles.
He, however, said he faced no pressure after the defeat in Nigeria as there was still pride to play for. “We need to win our three games and hope that Nigeria loss all their three left, and I don’t think that would happen,” he told journalists on Sunday.
With the draw, Cameroon is out of contention for a ticket to Russia 2018 while Nigeria could seal their qualification today if Algeria can defeat Zambia. If not, Nigeria will require only one point from their remaining two qualifier matches coming up against Zambia and Algeria in October and November respectively.