Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cameroon, Australia draw 1-1 at Confederations Cup

Cameroon, Australia draw 1-1 at Confederations Cup

However it was Cameroon who looked the most likely to score a victor in the remainder of the match and the Socceroos could count themselves lucky that Cameroon striker Aboubakar didn't have his radar set right, missing several clear-cut chances inside the box to fire his team into the lead.

Vincent Aboubakar headed just over the bar and although Cameroon looked the more likely to reclaim the lead, and perhaps should have done, both sides had to make do with a share of the spoils.

However, there were few signs of an end to the defensive rot that's plagued the backline this year.

The Germans were in control from the start, with Borussia Moenchengladback attacker Lars Stindl converting a perfectly timed cut-back from Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt to put them ahead in the fifth minute. Isn't right? In fact, both the Team Performed well at the First Match and Maintained their Goal Level Points. Postecoglou has come under intense scrutiny for his gamble with a 3-2-4-1 formation that has failed to convince the broader public, pundits and punters alike, this time his tactics weren't exclusively the focus.

Postecoglou said the Socceroo defence contained the African champions well. However, it was ripped apart at the seams a minute before half-time by a routine ball forward, one that required little tactical insight to defuse.

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa had given Cameroon a deserved lead just before the break, latching on to a long ball over the top and beating Mat Ryan with an outstretched flick. We're playing against theworld's best and we haven't sat back for a moment.

"Not that we tend to complain too much as an organization or as a nation anyway", Postecoglou said. But you can still feel the commitment of this young team.

Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy attempts to evade Amaud Djoum.

Australia grew into a contest starved of quality, as first Tom Rogic curled a free-kick over before Mathew Leckie blazed Gersbach's low cross above the frame of the goal. It values possession, is light on defending, tackling and heading and has been forced upon junior development pathways.

When Australia's equaliser came, it was shortly after they nearly went two behind. Several players have passed-up blossoming careers in Europe for more lucrative deals in the weaker leagues of Asia, particularly defenders such as Sainsbury, Ryan McGowan, Matt Spiranovic and to a lesser extent, Degenek.

"It's been a while since we faced African opposition and Cameroon are a very good side".

Bright sport: Alex Gersbach attacking run earned Australia a penalty.

Australia's luck, however, could not continue.

The Belgian coach made his comments after a Russian journalist asked why his team had turned up late for training and for a news conference and sarcastically reminded him that today's match against Australia would be at 6pm local time.

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