MATCH CENTRE

TUE 02 JULY 2019, 18:00, ISMAILIA

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Benin hold Cameroon to secure last 16 berth

by Staff Reporter

Tue July 02, 20:00

Benin have advanced into the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history after holding Cameroon to a 0-0 draw in a Group F match in Ismailia on Tuesday.

The Indomitable Lions progress as runners-up (with Ghana’s simultaneous 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau giving them top spot), while the Squirrels came home in third but their record of three points and a zero goal difference is enough to guarantee a place as one of the four ‘lucky losers’ in the next round.

Cameroon created the first clear chance as early as the fifth minute, with Collins Fai playing a great cross from the right flank to find Karl-Toko Ekambi, but the striker was unable to get over the ball and put his header off target.

Cameroon skipper Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting very nearly broke the deadlock midway through the first half, opening space for a shot in a central position which was barely turned wide of the post by a finger-tip save from goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe.

Benin’s first real threat arrived in the 29th minute when a Stephane Sessegnon free kick found its way into a dangerous area, but Steve Mounie and Seidou Baraze appeared to get in each other’s way as the chance was spurned.

The first half ended 0-0, prompting Cameroon boss Clarence Seedorf to make an attacking change at the start of the second which saw the withdrawal of defender Fai in favour of forward Clinton N’Jie.

Yet the Indomitable Lions never ‘clicked’ in attack, with Benin working incredibly hard to ensure the defending champions were restricted to little more than hopeful efforts though the second 45 minutes.

The Squirrels’ endeavour was not in vain, as they earned themselves a first-ever spot in the knockout rounds of the Nations Cup.

Benin 0
Cameroon 0

Benin: Allagbe, Baraze, Adenon, Verdon, Kiki, Adeoti, Sessegnon, Seibou, Djiglia (Pote 76’), Mounie, Dossou (Soukou 68’)

Cameroon: Onana, Fai (N’Jie 46’), Yaya, Ngaedu-Ngadjui, Oyongo, Zambo-Anguissa, Djoum (Boumal 66’), Malong, Bahoken, Choupo-Moting, Ekambi (Bassogog 83’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ISMAILIA
BENIN GOALS CAMEROON GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 4
BENIN STARTING LINEUP CAMEROON STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
3
Defender
90 + 1'
6
12
Defender
4
Defender
6
Defender
54'
2
Defender
43'
46'
2
Midfielder
8
8
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
20'
66'
10
Forward/Striker
76'
7
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
68'
20
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
83'
17
Forward/Striker
45'
9
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Cebio Soukou
Forward/Striker
68'
14
Clinton N'Jie
Midfielder
46'
7
Mickael Pote
Forward/Striker
76'
10
Oliver Boumal
Forward/Striker
66'
20
Christian Bassogog
Forward/Striker
83'
11
CARDS
Steve Mounie
Forward/Striker
45'
9
Arnaud Djoum
Midfielder
20'
10
Seidou Baraze
Defender
54'
2
Ngoran Fai Collins
Defender
43'
2
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa
Midfielder
77'
8
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
GALLERY
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