Milligan penalty rescues draw for Australia

Eloi Lecerf
Junho 23, 2017

With only one point from two games and a more hard game ahead of them, neither Australia or Cameroon will be happy with this result.

The Cameroonians have to beat the reigning world champions and hope other results go their way.

"Sometimes you score the goals with your eyes closed and sometimes you miss chances that you can't miss".

Andre Anguissa put Cameroon ahead with the last touch of the first half, but a Mark Milligan penalty kick on the hour mark ensured a first point for both in Group B.

Cameroon's defense looked capable of holding Australia in the early part of the second half, but have away a penalty.

After the match, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said it was unfortunate that striker Aboubakar had an off-day.

"Today was a bit unlucky for him... that can happen".

The Socceroos have some glaring technical deficiencies, but they shouldn't be underestimated by Cameroon, particularly with their pace and power on the counter attack.

Two minutes into the second half Australia had a huge chance to equalise but Tomi Juric could only fire over with time and space to pick his spot in the box after excellent work down the right from Leckie.

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His day's work - seven goal attempts, none on target - prompted a Cameroonian reporter at the coaches' news conference to ask Broos if he was still looking for new forwards.

It should have been 2-0 to Cameroon on 57 minutes when Aboubakar fired a great chance wide, leaving Broos with his head in his hands on the sidelines, just before Australia equalised.

"I've seen a few games of Australia and there is a lot of enthusiasm in the team, a fighting spirit, so it's a very hard team to play against".

Midfielder Zambo Anguissa ran deep into the Australia defense to collect a long ball that overshot center forward Vincent Aboubakar.

The goal was loudly cheered by Russian fans in a 35,021 crowd who later led chants of "Cam-ay-roon" trying to help lift the Africans to victory. The first 20 minutes were nearly disastrous and if we didn't have a bit of luck on our side, we could have been 3-0 down.

A team dinner started at 10 p.m. Tuesday after its official bus to training was also late arriving at the hotel, then got stuck in traffic.

Australia have conceded 13 goals in the Confederations Cup, an average of 3.25 per game.

"I think the statistics say everything about the game".

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