|Cameroon - Côte d'Ivoire
- Cameroon match report
looked strong in their first match against Ghana but wasted the opportunity
for a dream start. They are favorites here but they have to be careful:
Losing this one could be dangerous. A draw in the final match between Ghana
and Côte d'Ivoire could lock them out with any chance. A draw in
this Cameroon - Côte d'Ivoire match would serve them fine - then
they could qualify with a victory over Togo.
d'Ivoire were a disappointment in their first match. Beginning with a neat
looking game, they completely let down after scoring the lead. So their
prospects are still quite unclear. They cannot become eliminated in this
match but losing would mean they will have to defeat Ghana in the final
game by a considerable margin. Sounds like a draw best for both?
team can either be eliminated or advance formally.
d'Ivoire - Togo match report
Cameroon: 1-Boukar Alioum;
6-Pierre Njanka, 5-Raymond Kalla, 4-Rigobert Song, 3-Pierre Wome; 8-Geremi
Fotso Njitap, 12- Laurent Mayer, 17-Marc-Vivien Foe, 20-Salomon Olembe;
9-Samuel Eto'o, 10-Patrick Mbome
Ivory Coast: 1-Alain Gouamene;
6-Olivier Tebily, 17-Cyrille Domoraud, 19-Dominique Sam Abouo; 2-Lassina
Dao, 4-Lassina Diabate, 13-Aliou Siby Badra, 14-Tchiressoa Guel, 21-Donald-
Olivier Sie; 18-Charles Dago, 10-Ibrahima Bakayoko
Mourad Daami (TUN)
Referees: Tawfik Adjengi (TUN) & Farag Wagih (EGY)
referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)
Cameroon has the first goal scene, a breakthrough on the right side and
a low pass into the middle is deflected to a corner
Cameroon dominate up to here but now a minor dangerous Guel distance shot
Caeroon: Gouamene (the Ivorian keeper) drops the ball but Mboma is surprised
and kicks over the crossbar
Cameroon: Geremi Njitap breaks through on the right side, not the first
time, and Côte d'Ivoire has some problems to clear the balls.
a Wome solorun and a shot hitting the soutside of the net.
Côte d'Ivoire: Bakayoko shot far wide, like Foe on the other side
Cameroon: again Geremi Njitap is the initial player, his high ball finds
the Ivorian defence sleeping and Gouamene alone against two players. He
can save the header but #5Kalla can convert the rebounding ball with his
sole (a bit controversial - could have been called dangerous play as well)
Côte d'Ivore try to answer but Alioum does make no mistake
Cameroon: Mboma by a smart move breaks through and gets brought down,
17 meters to the goal - free kick from half left side: but freekick (Geremi
Njitap?) is harmless
time) Cameroon: a succession of won challenges brings suddenly Meyer free
running down the right side and passing in the right moment into the middle.
Eto'o has only to put his foot in and scores with a low ball - 2:0
style of playing of the two teams is not so much different. This makes
the match fragmented by a lot of challenges it seems. Longer passing sequences
not often occur. (Especially Ivorian) Players hold the ball for several
touches first. Cameroon with their physically strong players has the upper
hand here. It looks very unlikely that Côte d'Ivoire could come back.
They are quite disappointing. Cameroon impresses by their individual strengths.
Côte d'Ivoire starts
the second half attacking determined but yet there is always a defender
having the last word
CIV: gangerous attack along the right wing - when the ball is played into
the middle SOng seems to help himself with a push against Bakayoko who
otherwise might have been in scoring position
Cameroon: a nice one-two on the right side sets Njitap free but Gouamene
is out of the goal in time
becoming more nasty as frustratn grows
Camerroon superb solo run by #11 Pius Ndiefi on the right wing he sets
up Mboma for whom it had been an easy goal if not the ball had bounced
on the ground short before he hit it. So it went across the bar
Cameroon: Mboma with another inaccurate attempt, this time wide right
Cameroon: Gouamene saves a sharp shot by Foe
CIV: nice solo run by Kalou but his shot is wide
Cameroon: Mboma header is saved
Ivorian defenders losing all concentration but Cameroon cannot profit
time) finally Mboma makes up for all his attempts with a beautiful diagonal
shot from 20 meters into the left corner of the net (no, it did not pass
through) - 3:0
result - 3:0
crucial 3rd goal crowned the dominance of Cameroon. Côte d'Ivoire
had no chance.
It means that Côte d'Ivoire now has to beat Ghana by three goals
to qualify for the quarterfinals. This seems unlikely. The Ivorians look
uninspired like 1996.
it means Cameroon can now afford a loss by two goals against Togo, even
this sounds unlikely, too. In this form Cameroon is a strong candidate