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THE SHOT THAT PASSED RIGHT THROUGH THE NET    African Cup Of Nations 2000  JAN 22 - FEB 13  Nigeria/Ghana 
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quarter-finals: Cameroon - Algeria  2 : 1 

That was the situation before the match:
Clash of styles. There the one-touch passing game by the Algerians, here (Cameroon) the impact individuals from the big European clubs. It will be exciting to see whether both can run their typical game (could end in an exciting match) or if one team can dominate. 
Cameroon seems favorite here. Their impact has to be respected and Algerians have some problems in scoring.

Cameroon - 1-Boukar Alioum; 4-Rigobert Song, 5-Raymond Kalla, 6-Pierre Njanka; 17-Marc-Vivien Foe, 8-Geremi Fotso Njitap, 12-Laurent Mayer, 20-Salomon Olembe, 7-Bernard Tchoutang; 10-Patrick Mboma, 9-Samuel Eto'o  
Algeria - 1-Abdesslam Benabdellah; 2-Maamar Mamouni, 3-Abdelaziz Benhamlet, 4-Rezki Amrouche; 7-Nasreddine Kraouche, 8-Billel Dziri, 10-Abdelhafid Tasfaout, 18-Moussa Saib, 20-Mahieddine Meftah; 9-Farid Ghazi, 11-Fawzi Moussouni  

1st half 
-kickoff 1603h 
-('2) Algeria with pressure on the Cameroon build up, connquering balls early, have already indicated danger potential 
Cameroon continue getting robbed of the ball early, but react with awaiting the Algerian counters with a crowded defence 
-('8) One of the dangerous throw ins of Geremi Njitap, this time to the penalty spot: A cameroon player heads it in direction to the goal, where another Cameroon player stands all alone (seems to be Eto'o) and kicks it into the goal. An Algerian defender seems to have been closer to the goal, so no offsides - 1:0 
-('11) almost a second goal: Cameroon counterplay, Tschoutang kicks it in from the right and Eto'o, after some difficulties with controlling the ball, backheels it in direction to the goal, where a defender scratches it from the line 
The right attacking side becomes a factor for Cameroon - all attacks come from here and also Geremis throw in had been from this side. The goal has clearly shifted the momentum. 
-('15) a must goal for Cameroon, this time through the middle: great through ball by Eto'o on Olembe, who ends up having passed the goalkeeper and firing the ball from 5 meters across the bar (seems to be a highly infectious desease at this tournament) 
-('16) a cruel looking late challenge by Song against Benhamlet 
-('19) another late challenge (Njanka?) 
-('20) A Cameroon counter attack shows: the Cameroon attackers are superior to the Algerian defenders in one against one, and another Geremi throw in causes troubles 
-('21) another huge counter attack by Cameroon but Eto'o can't get it across the line 
-(''23) A free kick from the right, the ball is defended, but comes in again from the left by a Tchoutang cross ball: Foe throws in his body and heads it into the net - 2:0 
-(26) Algeria: half chance but Song interecpts the square ball inside the penalty area 
-('29) Cameroon: unlucky scene for Eto'o when he gets fouled, stumbled and runs into a kick of another player - but he returns a minute later 
-('36) Cameroon: Tchoutang, dribbling in from the right sets up Mboma who can get off some kind of shot which is grabbed by Benabdellah 
-('38) Cameroon: Tchoutang from the right, this time doing it all alone - hits the outside of the net 
-('40) Olembe steals the ball from Dziri but Benabdellah quite easily saves the Mboma? scoop 

Halftime: 2:0 
With Tchoutang and Meyer on the right side for Geremi, who plays central, Cameroon clearly dominates the match. Especially the Algerian defenders have big problems with the Cameroon attackers. After good five minutes in the beginning Algeria has indicated potential only sporadically. Moussa Saib plays a good match but many others have lost confidence after the 8th minute shock. Cameroon looks so impressing. 

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2nd half
-('48) Job who has come in for Eto'o, almost has a chance set up by Mboma, but the keeper wins the race for the ball.
-('54) Algeria: after a neat attack and a fine move by himself, #15 Saifi hits the goalpost with a diagonal shot from quite difficult angle
-('60) good ball control by Alioum, the reliable Cameroon keeper
-('69'70) after some minutes of piece and quiet both have half chances (Algeria: A fine Amrouche solo-run).
-('74) Algeria a clear chance for #17 Mezouar (substitute) but his shot? is terribly off target 
Saifi has clearly brought some life into the Algerian attack
-('79) Some lack of concentration at the Cameroon defence?: Algerians can bring in a crossball from the right and a unchallenged header into the net 2:1
crowd seems to love the idea of a thrilling match
-('82) Alioum has some difficulties controlling a high free kick
-('83) a promising Cameroon counter is stopped
-('85) Algeria: Saifi tries an overhead kick after some confusion in front of the Cameroon goal but it flies far over the bar
-(87) so clear chance for Algeria: Tasfaout cannot hit the ball properly from 6 meters and Algerians cannot get the bouncing ball across into the goal
-('88) on the counter attack Ndiefi (Substitute for Mboma) shoots far wide across the bar from 11 meters facing only the goalkeeper
-('injury time) Alioum successfully claims a high ball

Final result: 2:1
Cameroon clearly dominated the first half but torwards the end more and more lost control. When they play at their limit they are so strong but they have to keep concentration all match through to avoid late surprises.
Cameroon qualifies as favorites for the semi-finals, Algeria can go home with heads up: they have improved the recently all negative image of Algerian football.

Cameroon will play the winner of Egypt-Tunisia.

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