Cameroon 2-1 Comoros: 10-man minnows – who had an outfield player in goal and their captain sent off early on – put up a brave fight as hosts survive late scare to reach AFCON quarter-finals
- Cameroon are through to the quarter-finals after a 2-1 win against Comoros
- Comoros were forced to play the game with an outfield player playing in goal
- The minnows were down to ten men early on after their captain was sent off
- Stand-in keeper Chaker Alhadhur made a number of saves during the contest
- Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored for the AFCON hosts
- Youssouf M’Changama scored a stunning free-kick for Comoros to make it 2-1
Hosts Cameroon made heavy work of beating 10-man Comoros Islands 2-1 on Monday to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals at the expense of a team who had everything stacked against them in the last 16.
Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored the home team’s goals at the Olembe Stadium to eliminate the debutants, who were forced to use a full back in goal and had their captain sent off after six minutes.
But Comoros still put up a gallant fight and, despite the considerable disadvantage, pulled a goal back from Youssouf M’Changama with nine minutes remaining to depart the tournament with their reputations considerably enhanced.
Cameroon meet upstarts Gambia in the last eight in Douala on Saturday after they upset Guinea 1-0 in Bafoussam earlier on Monday.
Cameroon: Onana; Fai, Castelletto, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Tolo; Ngamaleu (Bassogog 63), Hongla, Anguissa (J.Onana 84), Toko Ekambi (Lea Silicki 77); Choupo-Moting (Njie 63), Aboubakar (Bahoken 77)
Goals: Toko Ekambi 30, Aboubakar 70
Booked: Anguissa, Hongla
Comoros: Alhadhur; M.Youssouf (Djoudja 88), Zahary, Abdou, Bakari (M’Madi 88); Bachirou (Djoumoi 88), Abdullah; B.Youssouf (Mattoir 75), M’Changama, Mogni (Mohamed 53); El Fardou
Goal: M’Changama 79
Booked: Bachirou, Mattoir
Red card: Abdou 6
Cameroon celebrate Vincent Aboubakar’s goal which proved crucial in their 2-1 victory
Ajaccio left-back Chaker Alhadhur started in goal as Comoros didn’t have a recognised keeper available
Things went from bad to worse as Jimmy Abdou was shown a straight red in the opening minutes
It took 30 minutes for Cameroon to have a shot on target which Karl Toko Ekambi put away
Cameroon keeper Andre Onana was forced into a number of saves by the ten-men of Comoros
Alhadhur was also kept busy by Cameroon and he is hugged here after an incredible double save
Aboubakar added his sixth goal to his tally at the African Cup of Nations to make it 2-0
Comoros players celebrate after Youssouf M’Changama scored a sensational free-kick
Comoros players protest to the referee at full-time over the red card following their brave effort
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