Cameroon take on Australia in the Confederations Cup group B match in a virtual knock-out fixture at St.Petersburg Stadium.
Cameroon and Australia knew they faced a tall order when they were drawn in the same group as Germany and Chile. Both lost their opening game against the two giants. Cameroon lost 2-0 to Chile and Australia lost 3-2 to Germany.
The winner of this match could knockout the other, while a draw could keep one of the team in contention; depending on the outcome of Germany-Chile match.
In Cameroonas case, Chile should have netted 5 or 6 goals in the first half alone. But positives can be found in the strong performance of the attacking trio of Moukandjo-Aboubakar-Bassogog. The defense is an area of concern, which is often put into pressure by a woeful midfield.
Meanwhile, Australia could have drawn level against Germany, if not for the heroics of German goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the closing stages. It is ironic that Leno is the man who helped Australia come back into the game with two howlers. However, the Asian champions couldnat keep hold on to the ball for majority of the game; an area that they must improve going into this crucial tie. On the other hand, their defense was all over the place and looked vulnerable until the final seconds.
Cameroon coach Hugo Broos understands the challenge which is in front of his side; who never really got going in their opening match. “Australia play with a lot of fighting spirit and I expect a difficult game against a team with a different style to Chile,” he said at a press conference.
Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, ANgadjui, Fai; Siani, Djoum, Anguissa; Bassogog, Aboubakar, Moukandjo.
Ryan; Wright, Degenek, Sainsbury; Milligan, Mooy, Behich, Irvine, Rogic, Leckie; Tomi Juric.