MATCH CENTRE

WED 18 JUNE 2014, 23:59, ARENA AMAZONIA

0
VS
4

Miserable Cameroon out of World Cup

by Andrew Oryada

Thu June 19, 02:18

Four time African champions Cameroon are out of the on-going 2014 FIFA World Cup after miserably falling 4-0 to Croatia in a Group A match played on Thursday in Brazil.

The 10-man Indomitable Lions failed to contain the Croatian team that ran rings around them from the start of the game played at the Arena Amazonia. Cameroon now joins defending champions Spain as mere participants after they were earlier ejected by Chile.

Ivica Olic started it all with the opening goal in the 11th minute after the Cameroonian defenders were caught off guard.

With five minutes to half time an off the ball incident earned Cameroon’s Alexandre Song a straight red card to give the opponents more advantage.



On resumption, Ivan Perisic who made it 2-0 against the run of play, while Mario Mandzukic added two more goals to give his team a chance to step foot into the knockout stage if they can beat Mexico in the last Group game.

It was evident that the Cameroon team that lost 1-0 in their opening match to Mexico failed to close the spaces which gave the Croatian team opportunity to enjoy lots of possession.

With the Indomitable Lions missing their inspirational skipper Samuel Eto’o who was injured, their tactical awareness was lacking and Song’s sending-off did not make matters any better.

Not even the introduction of Danny Nounkeu, Edgar Salli and veteran Pierre Webo could save the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon will now hope to prove a point to doubters when they face hosts Brazil in their last Group A game.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA AMAZONIA
CAMEROON GOALS CROATIA GOALS
18. Ivica Olic (11')
4. Ivan Perisic (48')
17. Mario Mandzukic (62')
17. Mario Mandzukic (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
CAMEROON STARTING LINEUP CROATIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
46'
14
Defender
3
2
Defender
11
Defender
3
Defender
6
Midfielder
40'
6
Defender
5
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
48'
77'
4
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
8
Midfielder
72'
19
Forward/Striker
74'
13
Forward/Striker
11'
68'
18
Forward/Striker
70'
10
Forward/Striker
62'
73'
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Dany Nounkeu
Defender
46'
5
Eduardo (CRO)
Forward/Striker
68'
22
Pierre Webo
Forward/Striker
70'
15
Mateo Kovacic
Midfielder
72'
20
Edgar Salli
Midfielder
74'
20
Ante Rebic
Forward/Striker
77'
16
CARDS
Alexandre Song
Midfielder
40'
6
Eduardo (CRO)
Forward/Striker
89'
22
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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