Cameroon lost a great opportunity of leaping into possible semi final qualifying position after losing a goal lead and allowed Australia to get a 1-1 draw in the FIFA Confederations Cup Group B encounter on Thursday in Saint Petersburg.
The draw has left both Australia and Cameroon adrift before Germany and Chile will face each other.
Another ponderous start had seen Cameroon lacking rhythm but, as the half wore on, they found their feet before Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa lofted the ball over Australia goalkeeper Maty Ryan right on half-time.
Cameroon should have been two to the good but were left ruing Vincent Aboubakar’s miss when Socceroos captain Mark Milligan slotted home from the penalty spot.
The African champions looked most likely to find a winner, primarily through the Besiktas forward, but they could not convert.
Pascal De Miramon, a Cameroon team reporter told FIFA.com that the result was a cruel one for the Indomitable Lions, who managed to overcome their nervous start to finish the first half ahead thanks to Zambo Anguissa.
“They were quick and incisive, especially on the flanks, and created the clearest chances only to drop two points on an avoidable penalty. Coach Hugo Broos said they are here to learn. Well, here’s a good lesson for the future.”