Confed Cup: Cameroun Challenge Germany for Semis Spot


Cameroon will target a win over Germany and a place in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup when the teams meet today evening in Sochi. The teams’ final Group B clash is set for the Fisht Olympic Stadium. The Indomitable Lions have had a tough time of things in Russia thus far, losing their opening match 0-2 to Chile before drawing 1-1 with Australia on Thursday evening.

The West Africans had enough chances to bury the Socceroos, but Vincent Aboubakar was particularly guilty of spurning some wonderful opportunities. The results have left Hugo Broos’ team at the bottom of the pool with just one point, trailing co-leaders Germany and Chile by three points.

Yet a two-goal victory over Germany would be enough to see Cameroon leapfrog the Europeans on goal difference and probably secure progression – assuming Australia don’t beat Chile in the other Group B match.

Yet even if Cameroon cannot beat Germany, Broos insists that the team has still come a long way in a short space of time. “A year ago we didn’t even have a team. Today you have a team that won the Africa Cup of Nations and that’s progress,” the Belgian coach said in the wake of the draw with Australia.

“You should not think that winning the Africa Cup of Nations means that you can win the Confederations Cup and next year the World Cup. That’s not how it works. Let this team grow, let it get some experience and if tomorrow I can find someone who scores goals with his eyes closed, he’ll be in my team.”

Cameroon have not beaten Germany in three previous meetings between the teams. Their most recent clash was a friendly in Monchengladbach in June 2014 which ended in a 2-2 draw.