Against an amazing team of France, we can say that the Indomitable Lions fought well. But whatever the justifications, a defeat is still a defeat. Cameroon could legitimately struggle for a better fate. Between acceleration and stutters, vivacity and commitment, settled absences that have been lethal. Camfoot.com decided to analyze the game and the players.
Fabrice Ondoa: 7/10
Five very good saves certainly deified the young goalkeeper and gave him a very interesting overall score. Although he could do nothing about the first French goal, his reluctance to get out to the ball kept him out of his restraints. For the winning goal of Payet via free kick, instead of staying on his feet, he anticipated and outlined steps from the side of the pole, and therefore fell behind in tracking the ball that followed the reverse path.
Allan Nyom: 6/10
He was brilliant in the first half. Efficient and smart in outputs, physical in the tackle, and far enough to wait and clear the danger, Allan Nyom scored good points in delivering a perfect cross to Aboubakar for 1-1. Only problem, he then lost his vitality and dynamism in the second half.
Adolphe Teikeu: 4/10
The Sochaux captain was totally off topic. Distracted and several times late on adverse occasions, his poor positioning and lax cost dear to the Lions on the first French goal where he left completely alone Matuidi, also on the second goal, where he provided no coverage. He tried to catch up by releasing a few balls, but in the tackle, he suffered.
Aurelien Chedjou: 3.5/10
He is one of the most experienced Cameroonian defenders and we expected a lot from him. But Aurelien Chedjou certainly had one of his worst games with the Indomitable Lions. Often absent, often erratic, with a non-existent position, with no defensive cover. Whether in duels or elsewhere, the international player is clearly already on vacation. He was replaced by Djetei (80th).
Ambroise Oyongo: 5/10
Aligned left, Ambroise Oyongo had all the problems of the world against the liveliness of Coman. He can at least rejoice as there are very few defenders who managed to curb that player. The Cameroonian suffered. Present on the line, he had been effective in the tackle. He lost the ball that Pogba recovered to send Giroud for the 2-1 (40th).
Eyong Enoh: 4.5/10
His return has not had the desired effect. Constantly falling behind, he was handed a warning for his aggression in the first half. His one-two pas with Allan Nyom resulted in the goal of Vincent Aboubakar. After that, nothing. He was swept by Pogba who then offered a precise cross to Giroud (2-1, 40th).
Edgar Salli: 4.5/10
He seemed very committed and very motivated at the start. Salli multiplied inaccurate passes. Before the first Cameroonian goal, the midfielder of St Gallen in Switzerland illustrated himself with an off target shot. But later, nothing. He was logically replaced at the break.
Georges Mandjeck: 6.5/10
Like the defensive midfielder he is, Mandjeck was able to provide physical support to his teammates in the back line. Good in the raises, the player of Metz proved all the good that we thought of him. If he can keep this level of consistency, he will have a good end of career. Solid in the tackle, he was the handyman in midfield.
Karl Toko: 6/10
It is he who put the Lions in confidence from the first moments of the match. He pierced the rear of France by forcing Hugo Lloris to wake up. Although he played in an unusual position, he was rather good with his commitment to helping retrieve balls and move rapidly forward.
Vincent Aboubakar: 6.5/10
In the right place at the right time to get that perfect center of Allan Nyom, Vincent Aboubakar allowed Cameroon to believe when he equalized in the 23rd minute. His play in the second period was subsequently quarreled with passes to the opponent and unwise choices of play.
Jacques Zoua: 6/10
He was not the killer we expected, but Jacques Zoua was one of the players who most put the French in difficulty. The attacker recovered a lot of defense balls, participated in the organization of the game in the midfield, and proved dangerous in front with crosses like the one that found the head of Aboubakar in the 16th. He resisted well to Diarra. Evra had used force to put him on the ground.
Author of the equalizer (2-2, 88th) on a pass from Anatole Abang, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting had taken time to dock to the intensity of the game and remain until the end a little timid. His goal gave much hope, and his finish was just quality.
Sébastien Siani: 5/10
This is not the Siani who made everybody smile in March, while facing South Africa. The Ostend player missed the match. Hesitating, absent, his teammates certainly also searched for him in vain on the field. They were like…Where is Sébastien Siani?
Clinton Njie: 5/10
Back in play to replace Mandjeck (70th), the Cameroonian striker could not distinguish himself. He he took a free kick poorly executed by Abang in the penalty area of the French.
Anatole Abang: 5/10
His game comes down to the action that led to the goal of Choupo-Moting. He could have done something on a free kick of Clinton Njie.
Franck Kom: 2.5/10
Entered in the game in the last quarter of an hour, the player of the Etoile Sportive du Sahel fought. Out of respect for Hugo Broos, we’re not going to comment further.
Djetei: not rated
Entered in the arena ten minutes to the end, Djetei left the image of a player of the Cameroonian championship who wants to have a chance. He tried to make a nice relaxing drive back to head a corner, in a dangerous cross (83) before two opponents.