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Second half comeback earns Cameroon point in thriller
Scorers: Castelletto 29′, Aboubakar 64′, Choupo-Moting 66′; Pavlović 45+1, Milinković-Savić 45+4′, Mitrović 53′.
Cameroon completed a stunning second half comeback to earn a draw against Serbia in one of the games of the tournament so far.
Serbia should’ve led in the opening 15 minutes with Aleksandar Mitrović spurning two golden chances to break the deadlock, first by hitting the post from a tight angle after wriggling space inside the box.
Three Cameroon defenders then failed to clear the ball leading to it falling into the path of the Fulham striker six yards out but somehow he spurned the chance wide of the post.
Jean-Charles Castelletto showed Mitrović how it was done to give Cameroon the lead in the 29th minute, arriving at the back post to tap in Eric Choupo-Moting’s flick-on from a corner.
But Serbia turned the game on it’s head by scoring two goals in first half added time to go into the break ahead.
Strahinja Pavlović headed home Dušan Tadic’s free-kick before Sergej Milinković-Savić curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to move Serbia ahead.
Dragan Stojković’s side then looked to have taken the game out of Cameroon’s reach with a well-worked team goal eight minutes into the second half.
Tadić won the ball back high up before Mitrović and Milinković-Savić linked up to set Andrija Živković away down the right and his cut-back was slotted home by Mitrović.
However, Cameroon boss brought Vincent Aboubakar from the bench for the final half an hour and with it the encounter descended into chaos.
Cameroon continued to exploit the space behind Serbia’s back-line with persistent through balls to the on-running Aboubakar and through it scored two goals in three minutes to perform a stunning comeback.
Aboubakar scored the first, running through on goal and turning a Serbia defender inside-out before lofting the ball over the head over goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić with a sublime finish.
He then turned from goalscorer to provider, again galloping into the space behind the Serbian high line and sliding the ball across goal for Choupo-Moting to slot in at the far post.
The result leaves both times sitting with only one point ahead of the final matchday with Brazil facing Switzerland in the other game in this group later today.