Monday, 4 September 2017

The Indomitable Lions Sweat A 1-1 Draw With The Super Eagles, And Lose Their Russia 2018 World Cup Ticket

It was a 90 minute palpitating encounter, but this time around, the Lions brought out their paws against the Super Eagles, making it difficult for them(Super Eagles) to repeat the 4-0 humiliation inflicted last Friday Sept. 1, 2017 in Uyo Nigeria.

The kick off whistle sounded at 6 p.m, just after both nations finished singing their anthems.

The Lions possessed the ball  during the first three minutes with a long ball launched towards Olinga, but goalkeeper Ezenwa rushed out to claim it on time just inside the box.

During the 6th minute, Djoum made a clusy foul, barging in to the back of Onazi in the center circle, which almost gave Nigeria a free kick.

In the 28 minute, Simon Moses seizes upon Victor Moases' parried shot from the right, and turned the ball in at the far post, as it bobbled at his feet into Fabrice Ondoua's net, to mark the first goal, to the disappointment of Cameroonian supporters who had come out massively to cheer their boys.

The Lions pressed harder, until the end of the first, when they went back to the dressing room, and were probably coached on where and what went wround.

The Lions returned more ferocious to the surprise of the Super Eagles, missing scoring opportunities and blocking their defense until the 74th minute, when Djoum is cleaned out by a diving Ezenwa, giving the Lions a penaalty opportunity.

Aboubakar took a deep breath, as he made a slow run up, and tucks the ball into Ezenwa's net, throwing him to the opposite side, giving and EQUALIZING goal to his country in the 75th minute.

The crowd erupted, as temperatures dropped for a while, while wild excitement followed later with applauds and expectation for a second goal to give the Lions the dying opportunity they needed.

Ezenwa is injured, and refuses to get up, playing delaying tactics, and through out the remaining minutes, he could be seen crawling or showing signs of pains, and physically exhausted from the pressures that threatened to penetrate his net.

90 + 8 minutes additional time, and the referee says its over. Cameroon eliminated from the Russia 2018 World Cup.

It should be noted that Cameroon has not beaten Nigeria since 2000, and that was on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Cup of Nations. For a fully fledged victory, you have to go all the way back to 1989, when a goal from Francois Omam-Biyik gave The Lions a narrow win. 

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