Cameroon qualified for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations after beating Comoros 2-1 in the 16th round on Monday.
Cameroon advanced with a goal from Carl Togo Ekambi in the 29th minute, Vincent Abubakar added a second goal in the 70th minute, before the Comoros scored a goal through Youssef Mechengamma in the 81st minute.
The Comoros national team had to play with ten men from the sixth minute when Natjim Apto was sent off.
Cameroon qualified for this round after taking the lead in the first group with seven points, while the Comoros team qualified for this round, one of the four teams in third place, which is ranked in Group C with three points.
Cameroon are scheduled to meet in the quarterfinals with Gambia, who beat Guinea 1-0 earlier today.
It is noteworthy that the Comoros national team played without a goalkeeper and throughout the game the player had to defend in the cave of Shaker El Hadur team. In addition to the injury of goalkeeper Ben Bhuana in the Ghana match, the Comoros national team announced that 12 people, including goalkeepers Moyad Ocini and Ali Ahmed and coach Amir Abdo, have been infected with the corona virus. .
Despite the misery of the Comoros national team and the circumstances surrounding it before the match, it wanted to play with the Cameroon team from the start and tried to snatch the ball and its possession at various points in the match.
In the sixth minute, the problems of the Comoros national team escalated, with its player Natjim Apto being sent off directly, after the referee sought “VAR” video aid technology, showing a red card directly on his face in the background of his intervention. Against Cameroon player Mummy Namalio.
Although the Cameroonian team fully captured the ball, it did not shake al-Hader’s nets, which were not subjected to strong tests throughout the first quarter of the first half.
Also in the 29th minute, as a result of Cameroonian pressure, Carl Togo scored a goal, who received a pass from his teammate Vincent Abubakar and smashed a crawling ground ball into the Comoros goal net.
Nothing new was seen in the remaining first half minutes, so the referee blew his final whistle, giving Cameron a 1-0 lead.
At the start of the second half events, the Cameroonian team was under intense pressure to score the second goal, while the Comoros team looked tired, especially after its player was sent off in the first half as the team played with incomplete teams.
In the 65th minute, Togo Ekambi’s goal was canceled by the referee for an offside, but in the 70th minute Cameron was able to go it alone with a pass from Martin Hongula to score another goal for Vincent Abubakar. Shaker al-Hadur scored the second goal to put the ball into the net.
Despite conceding two goals, al-Hadur showed strong play at some point in the match and saved several attempts from the Cameroonian attack.
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onona saved one of the Comoros’ few attempts by Abdullah Ali in the 73rd minute.
Onana continued his ingenuity and blocked Alvardo’s dangerous attempt in the 79th minute, removing the danger from his line just as the Comoros team began to regain its balance.
And as a result of the Comoros’ awakening, Youssef Machangama hit a powerful ball with a direct free kick in the 81st minute to reduce the deficit into Onana’s net in the 81st minute.
Despite the Comoros trying to equalize, Cameroon held on for victory in the final minutes, with the referee blowing the whistle at the end of the match to make it 2-1.
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