Poland 0-3 Cameroon: Eto’o Runs Wild In Indomitable Lions Victory
Samuel Eto’o stole the show in Szczecin with two well taken goals to down the Poles.
By Rami Ayari
Inter forward Samuel Eto’o did what he does best in Poland, leading the frontline and scoring two goals that propelled his team to victory.
Cameroon got the proceedings underway with a youthful new look line-up selected by interim head coach Jacques Songo’o. Eto’o was put clear through on goal within two minutes of play but his weak lob attempt was caught by the advancing Polish ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
With the two sides proving unable to pick out their forwards with incisive passes in behind the resolute defences, players from both sides were reduced to trying their luck from distance but none of the shots were accurate enough to produce the first goal of the encounter.
Borrussia Dortmund’s Jakub Blaszczykowski was Poland’s most dangerous player throughout the opening half while the Indomitable Lions attempted to play a collective passing game.
Eto'o opened the scoring in the 30th minute by getting on the end of an in swinging corner. The goal proved to be the perfect catalyst for the match as the game came alive thereafter. Rafal Murawski was unlucky to hit the crossbar with a powerful volley. Robert Lewandowski then had a close range effort denied by Cameroon’s goalkeeper, N’dy Assembe.
The White and Reds should have equalised early in the second half after some good interplay between Blasczykowski and Marcin Kowalczyk but the Dynamo Moscow player blazed his shot high over the crossbar. It didn’t take long for Eto’o to add to the home fans’ misery with a vicious strike from just outside the area that left Fabianski chasing shadows.
Valenciennes player Vincent Aboubakar killed the match off in the 83rd minute when he unleashed a curling shot to put his team up 3-0.
This loss leaves Franciszek Smuda well and truly on the hot seat as his team is now on a losing streak with Euro 2012 fast approaching. The fact that his players have conceded nine goals in their last two games is a cause for concern but perhaps their inability to score in their last four matches is more worrisome. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if this result will propel Jacques Songo’o to the forefront of possible full time coaches for Cameroon.
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