Monday Sep 04, 2017. 20:51
Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Cameroon and Nigeria from Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.
All times CAT
90+8′ – Full time – It ends 1-1 in Yaounde, probably a fair result given Cameroon’s improvement in the second half. The result means Nigeria cannot secure qualification in this round of matches, but they remain very much on course for Russia 2018.
90+5′ – Yellow card – Fai is booked for a challenge on Moses.
90+3′ – Some tactical time wasting from Ezenwa as he receives treatment for the earlier collision with Fai.
90+2′ – Bassogog plays a dangerous ball across the penalty area, but no teammate is on hand to convert!
90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.
89′ – Fai tumbles in the box, but again there’s no penalty for the hosts. To be fair, only the crowd really appealed for a spot kick…
87′ – Substitution – Nigeria’s final change sees Peter Etebo replace Onazi in midfield.
84′ – Ezenwa makes a superb save to deny a snap-shot from Aboubakar! He then gets up to deny Fai in a nasty collision and will need treatment.
83′ – Aboubakar tumbles dramatically in the box, but there’s no penalty coming.
81′ – Substitution – Cameroon’s last change sees Moumi Ngamaleu replace Olinga.
80′ – Substitution – Ighalo makes way for Kelechi Iheanacho as Nigeria make a change in attack.
77′ – Yellow card – Onazi is booked for a late tackle on Fai and Cameroon have a free kick in a dangerous position wide on the right.
75′ – GOAL! Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria – Aboubakar coolly converts the penalty to draw the hosts level!
73′ – Penalty! Ezenwa comes off his line to try claim a 50-50 ball and takes out Djoum! The referee points to the spot and Cameroon have a chance to equalise!
70′ – Twenty minutes to play, Nigeria are on course for a fourth straight win.
67′ – So nearly 2-0 for Nigeria, as Moses skilfully opens up space for a shot from inside the box, only to see his effort skim the top of the crossbar!
65 – Substitution – Nigeria’s first change sees Mikel make way for Ndubisi Agu.
63′ – Yellow card – Olinga goes into the book for remonstrating with the referee.
62′ – Substitution – Moukandjo makes way for Bassogog and Nsame is off for Aboubakar in a double change for the hosts.
60′ – Cameroon have Christian Bassogog and Vincent Aboubakar ready to come on as subs.
59′ – Djoum with a long-range drive… well off target.
58′ – Another Moukandjo cross, another safe catch from Ezenwa. Better from the hosts, but they’ll need to go up another gear or two.
57′ – Moukandjo with a good free kick delivered into the box, but again Nigeria have the answers for whatever Cameroon can throw at them.
55′ – Yellow card – Balogun is booked for a late tackle, the first caution of the match.
54′ – Some fine wing play from Moses, but his attempted cross from the left is cut out.
52′ – Now it’s Troost-Ekong who makes a superb tackle to prevent Nsame getting a shot on goal!
50′ – The excellent Balogun once again cuts out a dangerous cross. Nigeria’s defence has been imperious thus far.
49′ – All Cameroon in the early minutes of the second stanza, with the hosts looking for a fast start.
46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either side at the interval.
45+2′ – Half time – Nigeria hold a deserved 1-0 lead at the break, having created the better scoring opportunities. The Super Eagles are on course for a ‘double’ over the Indomitable Lions.
45′ – There will be one minute of added time.
44′ – Simon crosses from the right, but Teikeu is well placed to intercept.
41′ – Moukandjo crosses from a corner kick, but Ezenwa once again shows a good pair of hands to claim the aerial ball.
40′ – Cameroon looking to build up a head of steam but they are struggling to find any gaps in Nigeria’s defence.
37′ – Moses looks just fine as he tries to beat his defender in the box and goes down under a challenge, but the referee isn’t interested in awarding a penalty.
35′ – A worry for Nigeria as Moses limps off to receive some treatment – they’ll hope it’s nothing more than a minor knock.
33′ – Balogun gets on the end of a Moses corner kick but can’t direct an effort on goal. A few second later it’s the turn of Ighalo to dazzle his marker, cut inside and blaze a left-footed shot just over the target!
30′ – GOAL! Cameroon 0-1 Nigeria – Moses drives a low cross into the box, Ondoa can only half stop the ball and Simon is on hand to steer home a left-footed shot! The Super Eagles lead in Yaounde!
29′ – Another Moses delivery from a corner kick, but again it isn’t really a threat to the hosts’ defence.
27′ – Moses tries to float a cross to the back post for the run of Ndidi, but it’s overhit and out for a goal kick to Cameroon.
26′ – Ezenwa initially drops a long ball into his penalty area, but recovers quickly. Balogun then powers upfield and earns a free kick in a good attacking position for the Super Eagles.
24′ – A misplaced diagonal pass almost puts Zambo Anguissa in on goal, but Ezenwa is alert to the danger.
21′ – Cameroon with a free kick on the right flank. Moukandjo crosses, Banana gets up to glance the header onwards, but the offside flag is up.
19′ – Moses tripped up in midfield and it’s another free kick for Nigeria. The hosts are really looking to assert themselves in the challenges…
18′ – Cameroon with a set piece of their own now, but Moukandjo’s delivery from the dead ball is out for a goal kick to Nigeria.
15′ – A quarter hour played, still goalless in Yaounde. Moses crosses from another corner kick, but his delivery is poor this time and Cameroon clear the danger.
12′ – Free kick to Nigeria out on the left flank. Moses whips in a good cross, but Teikeu gets up to make a fine defensive header.
10′ – Ezenwa with good hands again as he smothers a low ball into the penalty area from Zambo Anguissa.
9′ – Nsame meets a low cross from the right but he can’t get a clean shot away to test Ezenwa.
8′ – Moses almost picks out Balogun at the far post from the corner, but the tall defender is outmuscled in the air.
7′ – Ndidi is tripped up and Nigeria have a free kick in a good attacking position. Moses whips in a dangerous ball and Teikeu heads out for a corner kick.
5′ – Good pace from Balogun to beat Nsame to a long ball played down the left flank. The Indomitable Lions are looking to go from back to front with real speed whenever they get the chance.
2′ – Signs of early promise from Cameroon as Moukandjo whips in a cross from the left, but Ezenwa makes a confident catch.
1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Yaounde! Cameroon wear their famous green, red and yellow, while Nigeria don a change strip of all-white.
18h50 – Ten minutes to kick-off. Our referee is Bakary Gassama from Gambia, with Jean-Claude Birumushahu and Marwa Range as the assistants, and Maudo Jallow as the fourth official.
18h40 – A reminder that the Super Eagles cruised to a 4-0 win over the Indomitable Lions when the teams met on Friday evening in Uyo.
As a result, Gernot Rohr’s team could secure qualification in this round of matches: a win tonight combined with an Algeria win or draw in their match against Zambia tomorrow night will see Nigeria secure qualification for Russia 2018.
18h30 – Half an hour to kick-off in Yaounde, here are the line-ups:
Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa, Collins Fai, Adolphe Teikeu, Yahia Banana, Serge Leuko, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Arnaud Djoum, Sebastian Siani, Benjamin Moukandjo, Fabrice Olinga, Jean-Pierre Nsame
Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Abdullahi Shehu, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo