Cameroon – Russia 2017: Defeat forbidden for the Indomitable Lions.

Written by Gisele Alba

After the defeat against Chile (0-2) on the first day last Sunday in Moscow, Hugo Broos‘ foals who face the Eleven Australians this afternoon in Saint Petersburg are condemned to victory if they want to continue the adventure on Russian soil.

This is the day of truth for the African champions. A victory is more than imperative for Benjamin Moukandjo and his comrades to hope to stay in the race for the trophy of this Confederations Cup. After the “faux pas “entry registered against the Chilean mountain (0-2), Cameroon has no choice but to win this match which is not a joking matter. The challenge is even greater because both teams, beyond having the same status, have similarities that require them to make a difference this afternoon as part of the second day of Group B where Chile is at the top of the ranking. Cameroon and Australia both lost their first game. There is therefore urgency for a positive result in one camp as in the other. The two coaches have pursued a policy of rejuvenating the workforce to give newcomers the chance to make their talent speak. And to top it off, this is the first time that the two teams face each other.

In a group with Germany and Chile, Cameroonians and Australians know in advance the difficulty of the task, and know that their best hope of winning a success has been given to them in St. Petersburg, after both teams have – as was expected – lost for their entry into the running. Winning certainly, but will Cameroon succeed in making fold Australia that has participated in the Confederations Cup since 2005 but a first as Asian champion? “Disappointed in the result but satisfied with the performance,” according to his own words, against Chile, Hugo Broos should not revolutionize his starting lineup against the Socceroos. Does he have too much choice? With a poor touchdown and tactical choices that often wreak havoc of criticism, it’s wiser to keep what it takes to be a hard core for now.

Bassogog, Aboubakar and Moukandjo doomed to score

Ondoa remains the best risk in the poles and will be tested against an Australian attack where Jackson Irvine, Tom Rogic, Mathew Leckie and Tomi Juric bring the danger permanently. In defense, the Belgian technician will certainly draw the same wall which folded in the last minutes before the Chilean furia last Sunday. Ernest Mabouka, Adolphe Teikeu, Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui, Collins Fai will be instructed to counter all the Greens’ offensives and, above all, to remain vigilant. While in the middle, S├ębastien Siani-Arnaud Djoum-Zambo Anguissa will be the custodians of the game of felines. The offensive animation must be intense, fluid and forward.

For a game where Cameroon is back to the wall, lost balls, unnecessary dribbling and loosening between the lines are prohibited. It will be necessary to organize the game, create openings and “feed” the attack where Christian Bassogog, Vincent Aboubakar and Benjamin Moukandjo are doomed to score if we do not want to concede a draw that could be detrimental to the continuation of the competition. In a team where light comes from the defenders, the line of attack of the Lions must take responsibility this afternoon. Crazy races, leg movements and controls alone will not suffice. It will be necessary to worry the opponent, to send the ball to the bottom of the nets. One, two or even three times to get to the shelter.

Australia wants to kill the Lion

After the nervousness of the first game and facing a team player, the five-time African champions should show a better face. Australia, meanwhile, is facing the first confrontation of its history with Cameroon after a mixed performance against Germany (2: 3). There is in any case an aspect of their game that the Socceroos will not change: their positive and proactive mentality. The Asian champions who dream of having the Lion scalp have retained two major problems of their match against Germany: concede goals quickly, and retain possession. On the latter aspect, Ange Postecoglou will wait more from his talented midfielder Aaron Mooy. Hugo Broos who did not think fit to make replacements last Sunday while his foals were almost all on the brink of shortness of breath, will have to correct his playing strategy to asphyxiate his opponent’s entry. Otherwise, the mass prayer will be said for Cameroon.

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