Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Cameroon within the 66th minute of their Group G match in opposition to Serbia. AP
Doha: Cameroon stored their hopes of creating the final 16 of the World Cup alive on Monday after combating again from two objectives down to attract an exhilarating Group G encounter with Serbia 3-3.
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Rigobert Music’s crew regarded nearly lifeless and buried after objectives from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a 3-1 lead early within the second half.
However substitute Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatched a draw with two quick-fire strikes simply after the hour mark to go away each Cameroon and Serbia on a single level, two behind group leaders Brazil and Switzerland.
Had they misplaced, Cameroon would have been counting on the Swiss beating Brazil as a way to not be eradicated with a recreation to spare, however as an alternative the west Africans nonetheless have an opportunity of getting out of the group stage for the primary time since 1990.
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Cameroon have a troublesome process forward as they play Brazil of their remaining match, which in line with studies they will play with out first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana who was dropped from the matchday squad simply hours earlier than kick-off following an unspecified disciplinary subject.
Media studies counsel that Onana has been despatched residence from the World Cup after a disagreement with Music, however that pre-match turmoil didn’t cease Cameroon placing in a combating show in opposition to a Serbia crew who in all probability deserved to win on the stability of play.
Mitrovic was nearly invisible in Serbia’s defeat to Brazil however right here he was concerned from kick-off, the Fulham ahead unfortunate to not give Serbia the lead within the eleventh minute when he crashed a shot off the put up from a good angle following a neat trade of passes with Dusan Tadic.
However Mitrovic solely had himself guilty for not opening the scoring six minutes later, shanking an terrible first-time end broad when, after a combination up within the Cameroon defence, the ball dropped at his toes with solely Onana’s alternative Devis Epassy to beat.
And Castelletto punished the Serbs for Mitrovic’s miss within the twenty ninth minute with the only of finishes after ghosting in on the again put up to satisfy Nicolas Nkoulou’s flick-on at a nook.
Pierre Kunde then handed up a golden alternative to double Cameroon’s lead within the forty third minute when he first shot straight at goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic after which smashed the rebound broad.
It was Cameroon’s flip to be undone at a set-piece because the half crept into first-half stoppage time when Pavlovic brilliantly headed residence Tadic’s floated free-kick.
The Serbs’ tails had been up and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic flipped the match on its head two minutes later with an excellent left-footed end after Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa sloppily gave the ball away simply exterior his personal penalty space.
Mitrovic lastly had the aim his robust show deserved seven minutes after the break, tapping in Andrija Zivkovic’s go unopposed on the finish of gorgeous transfer guided by Milinkovic-Savic and Tadic.
The match regarded over however from nowhere Cameroon sprung again into life because of Aboubakar’s odd aim.
The Al Nassr ahead raced by way of onto Castelletto’s launched go excessive and scooped an unbelievable end over the Serbia ‘keeper, beaming with delight after his aim was awarded following a VAR verify.
Aboubakar’s tempo brought about Serbia all types of issues and he laid on Choupo-Moting’s leveller, bursting down the fitting and laying on a easy end for the Bayern Munich ahead which sparked wild celebrations on the pitch and within the stands.
Neither aspect might discover a winner in an end-to-end end to the sport and their bids to make the knockouts will go right down to the ultimate recreation.
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