Wasteful Cameroon Drop Points Against Australia
FIFA Confederations Report: Cameroon v Chile 22 June 2017
FIFA Confederations Cup
Result: Cameroon 1-1 Australia
Date: 22 June 2017
Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
African champions, Cameroon were made to rue their missed opportunities as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia in their second FIFA Confederations Cup clash.
The Indomitable Lions threatened early on and went close to breaking the deadlock after eight minutes as Vicent Abubakar's low strike sailed into the side-netting.
Australia enjoyed most of the possession in the opening 20 minutes of the encounter, but they struggled to create chances in the final third.
Cameroon managed to carve out another opening in the 37th minute as Benjamin Moukandjo combined with Aboubakar, before forcing Matt Ryan into a low save.
The African champions eventually broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime, as Andre Zambo latched onto a long ball from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and fired past Ryan with a first-time effort.
Australia could have leveled matters shortly after the break but Tom Rogic failed to beat Fabrice Ondoa from close range.
Cameroon should have doubled their advantage in the 56th minute, but Aboubakar fired wide of the upright from close range after some good work by Christian Bassogog.
The Soceroos were then awarded a penalty on the hour mark when Alex Gersbach was brought down. Captain Mark Milligan stepped up and converted the spot-kick, 1-1.
Australia opted for a change after 70 minutes as veteran midfielder, Tim Cahill replaced Tomi Juric for his 99th international cap.
Aboubakar was not having the best of games in-front of goal and he squandered another chance in the 78th minute when he headed wide of the upright from six-yards out.
Both sides pushed for a winning goal in the closing stages, but were unable to carve out a clear-cut chance, as the clash finished all square.