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CAN: Ondoa strong but profitable choice, Guinea finds itself in trouble at the last minute... the tops and the flops.


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CAN: Ondoa strong but profitable choice, Guinea finds itself in trouble at the last minute... the tops and the flops.


From the first minute until Jallow's goal, Fabrice Ondoa was the goalkeeper Cameroon needed. Onana only had to note the XXL performance of his replacement who was preferred at kick-off by Rigobert Song. The Nîmes goalkeeper kept his team alive by making save after save in the first and second half. The coaching paid off and despite the two goals conceded his game remained remarkable.

If we had to choose just one Gambian face, Albie Jallow would be the perfect candidate. It was the most tenacious Scorpio, placed on the wings, Messin showed all the colors to the Cameroonian defense. Always on the good side, it was he who sowed the revolt in the 72nd minute of play when he appeared at the far post, to adjust Ondoa with the flat of his foot. Number 3 gave hope to an entire people for a quarter of an hour, but unfortunately for Gambia, the Indomitable Lions did not admit defeat too soon.


Thanks to his goal, Ndiaye propelled the Cameroonians to second place, synonymous with direct qualification for the round of 16. But above all it relegated Guinea to third place for a matter of goal difference. Without this “anecdotal” achievement from Marseillais, Sily could have maintained its position as runner-up and will have to face a group leader in the next round.

The Gambia had done it, coming up with the score to hope for a place among the best thirds. Trailing 1-0, the Scorpions turned the tide in around ten minutes, but the unfortunate James Gomez revived Cameroon by deceiving his own goalkeeper Gaye. While trying to clear a dangerous cross, the defender made a hole, and brought down the Gambian qualifier with it.

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