After a disappointing 1-1 draw against Australia at the Confederations Cup, Cameroon head coach Hugo Broos says it’s a pity for his team that striker Vincent Aboubakar wasted a host of presentable chances during the game.
The Indomitable Lions, who were beaten in their first group game by Chile, scored their first goal of the competition when Andre Zambo brilliantly slotted in the opener on the stroke of half time.
The African champions missed a spectacular chance to double their lead about 10 minutes into the second half, before Australia’s Alex Gersbach was brought down inside the box for captain Mark Milligan to convert from the spot an equaliser on the hour mark.
The game resumed on level terms and Cameroon dominated the most part of it, creating a lot of chances around Aboubakar in front of goal, but just couldn’t regain the lead.
Broos expressed his frustration over the Besiktas forward’s failure to convert the chances that could have put their vulnerable opponents away.
“This is the life of a front player. Sometimes you score the goals with your eyes closed and sometimes you miss chances that you can’t miss,” Broos, who led the team to Afcon triumph in February, said in a post-match chat.
“Today he was a little bit unlucky in the game. He had two or three good chances and didn’t score.
“That can happen. It’s a pity for us that it happened.
“This team is growing, this team is gaining experience and, don’t worry, if tomorrow I find a scorer who can score with his eyes closed, he will be playing.”
The African champions had 19 shots on target, while Asian champions Australia had just 5 in a game that was almost completely dominated by the Indomitable Lions.
“I think the statistics say everything about the game. When you see this you have always to win the game, that is for sure,” Broos added.
“Over the 90 minutes we were the better team, we had the best chances and then you have to win it.
“The chances were there but we didn’t score and then you can’t win the game.”
Cameroon will now face Germany in their final group game in Sochi on Sunday. And for a place in the semifinals, the African champions have to beat the reigning world champions and hope other results go their way.
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