Djurtus fall to Indomitable Lions

Cameroon came from a goal down to defeat Guinea-Bissau 2-1 in their 2017 AFCON clash to take a commanding position in Group A.

  • Cameroon 2 Guinea-Bissau 1
  • Piqueti scores on 13 minutes
  • Siani levels on 61 minutes
  • Ngadeu fires winner on 79 minutes

Match Summary

The Djurtus shocked their more illustrious opponents with Piqueti opening the scoring on 13 minutes.

And while they did well to hold out for so long, Guinea-Bissau ultimately conceded in the 61st minute as Sebastien Siani fired home before Michael Ngadeu powered home the winner on 79 minutes.

Full Report

Hugo Broos' side looked shaky early on as they conceded a corner following a slip from Ngadeu as he looked to play the ball back to his keeper.  The set-piece was swung in from the right but the ball missed everyone inside the six-yard box, allowing the Indomitable Lions to clear their lines.

An eighth-minute Toni Silva cross was then comfortably gathered by Fabrice Ondoa as Guinea-Bissau got forward well.

There was some desperate defending by the Djurtus as Christian Bassogog crossed for Clinton Njie. His shot at the back post was blocked before the ball dropped for Vincent Aboubakar, whose volley was deflected off target.

But Guinea-Bissau were soon in the lead, much to the surprise of the Cameroon fans, as Piqueti collected the ball well inside his own half before carrying it all the way into the opposition area and cutting inside ahead of lashing a shot past Ondoa.

Aboubakar had a chance to level things up, but was unable to keep his header down from a cross on the right, with the ball sailing over the crossbar.

N'Jie then stung Jonas Mendes' gloves with a first-time volley at the back post on 26 minutes after latching onto an Aboubakar flick-on from Bassogog's cross from the right.

Adolphe Teikeu climbed high to meet a 30th-minute corner but only contrived to send his looping header way over the bar.

Francisco Junior, meanwhile, picked up a deflected Silva cross but could only scuff his shot and waste a golden opportunity to put his team two goals up.

Benjamin Moukandjo had a great chance to equalise for Cameroon just before the break as he got on the end of Aboubakar's knockdown from a cross, but Mendes was well placed to gather the ball at the second attempt after his shot was hit into the ground.

Njie was replaced by Karl Toko Ekambi before the second half got underway while Guinea-Bissau's goalscorer Piqueti, who picked up a knock, was shortly thereafter replaced by Idrissa Camara.

While Toko saw a goal-bound shot deflect over the target by Rudinilson Silva, Benjamin Moukandjo then flashed an effort wide of the left post from 22 yards after a cross was cleared into his path.

Guinea-Bissau should really have extended their lead after Frederic Mendy nipped the ball off the toe of Ambroise Oyongo and lobbed the advancing Ondoa, but Ngadeu got back to hack the ball clear off the line.

Toko then did expertly well to beat Mamadu Cande before drilling in a low cross that Ondoa nicked off the toe of Aboubakar, while Ondoa denied Camara from 20 yards before Cameroon went up the other end and finally found their goal.

Siani only needed one touch as he picked up a square pass from Moukandjo on the edge of the box and drilled his first-time shot in at the right post.

Cameroon made a double change with Georges Mandjeck and Aboubaka replaced with Nicolas N'Koulou and Robert Ndip Tambe, while Leocifio Sami came on for Toni Silva for Guinea-Bissau.

The Indomitable Lions had their tails up as they looked for a second goal, with Toko seeing his long-range effort sail to the right of the target before Toko came close to controlling a good Bassogog cross from the right.

Francisco Junior did well late on to beat N'Koulou, who ultimately recovered to make a last-ditch block.

But there was nothing Guinea-Bissau could do to stop Ngadeu from powering home from the edge of the box as he picked up a neat pass from Bassogog, who had made a storming run down the right.

There was little in the way of goal-mouth action in the dying minutes with Guinea-Bissau truly deflated as Cameroon saw out the tie.