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 weekend’s 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 September’s 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 N’Koulou 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. Russia’s Pavel Pogrebnyak and Aleksandr
Ryazantsev floated some combinations that could have broken the deadlock
but their efforts mostly finished in naught. Cameroon skipper Samuel Eto’o
couldn’t 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.
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