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Russia 0-0 Cameroon: The Sbornaya and the Indomitable Lions settle for scoreless draw

The Sbornaya of Russia went goalless against the Indomitable Lions in an international friendly on Tuesday.

By Kingsley Kobo

Russia and Cameroon ended their international friendly in a goalless draw in Salzburg, Austria on Tuesday.

Cameroon went into this friendly game with a rather low spirit after it failed to win a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier at home against Senegal on Saturday, throwing doubts on its chances of making it through to the continental showpiece that is coming to the central African sub-region early next year in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

However, coach Javier Clemente played down on the weekends disappointment and assured there was enough motivation within his outfit to play Russia.

Fresh from a 3-1 win over Armenia in the Euro 2012 qualifier, Russia hoped to shake up its present inspiring form with an African side like the Indomitable Lions in the build up to Septembers qualifying clash against Macedonia.

Besides the absence of Alex Song and Benoit Assou Ekotto, the Indomitable Lions goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni withdrew from the setup moments before their Austrian trip, to be replaced by Guy N'dy Assembe of FC Nantes.

Both teams engaged in a very physical showdown that lasted throughout the 90 minutes of the meeting. The Sbornaya long passes perfectly fed the wingers, who gave Cameroon's defense, manned by Aurelien Chedjou, Nicolas NKoulou and Benoit Angbwa, some trouble during early proceedings. The Africans soon balanced the session but faced the same hassle of being unable to breach the Russians back line.

The second half presented the same rhythm and behavior from both sides players, who kept throwing passes with little construction while the midfield suffered the excess and spaces. Russias Pavel Pogrebnyak and Aleksandr Ryazantsev floated some combinations that could have broken the deadlock but their efforts mostly finished in naught. Cameroon skipper Samuel Etoo couldnt work out a chance to remedy his fluffed penalty kick of Saturday until he was replaced.

The rest of the game played out without much difference and zeal from either to pick a win, ending the match in a goalless draw, with Cameroon, not worsening its reputation back home in conceding a defeat, and Russia probably fine tuned enough for the rest of the continental race., Jun 7, 2011

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Cameroon 0 - 0 Russia

International Friendly

June 7, 2011

Red Bull Arena Stadion Salzburg


Cameroon: Guy N'dy Assembe, Benoit Angbwa (Sebastien Bassong, 45), Henri Bedimo, Nicolas N'Koulou, Aurelien Chedjou, Stephane M'Bia, Andre Ndame Ndame (Eyong Enoh, 45), Vincent Aboubakar (Ngako Deutcha Duvalois, 45), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Landry N'Guemo, 60), Benjamin Moukandjo Bile, Samuel Eto'o (Pierre Webo, 45). Manager: Javier Clemente

Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Roman Shishkin, Aleksei Berezutsky, Vasili Berezutsky, Renat Yanbaev, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Dmitri Torbinskiy, 76), Aleksandr Sheshukov (Igor Semshov, 45), Denis Glushakov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Yuri Zhirkov, 55), Pavel Pogrebnyak. Manager: Dick Advocaat

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