CAN ’10: Day 4— Cameroon v Gabon
At Half-time, we may be in for another shocker, as Gabon are leading 1-0!
Cameroon have hogged 65% of the possession, as well as 4 shots on goal to Gabon’s 2, but the Azingo Nationale find themselves with the advantage at the break. Cameroon started off brightly, with someone who I think was Achille Emana rattling the post after some nice interplay with Landry N’Guemo. But a few minutes later, Cousin was able to sneak through Rigobert Song and N’Koulo with a fair amount of ease, finishing coolly into the bottom left of the net.
Cameroon have been crowded out in the midfield for the rest of the first half, and Paul Le Guen would do well to alter his tactics a bit to pull apart the Gabonese midfield coverage a bit.
The Indomitable Lions seem to be lining up in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-5-1, with Alex Song sitting in front of the defenders, threading handy passes into the forwards or the more forward-minded midfielders. Eto’o has found himself a bit stranded up front, and if they hope to remain 2nd or 3rd choice favorites in this tournament, Cameroon needs more forward, er, oomph, or something.
75 min: Cameroon are peppering the Gabonese goal with fairly tame efforts that Didier Ovono is parrying without much trouble. The Gabon defenders are “parking the bus,” but doing a decent job at it, making the Cameroonian offensive forces look fairly unconvincing. Despite Cameroon’s control of the game, there doesn’t seem to be an air of “inevitability” about their scoring.
FULL-TIME! GABON WIN 1-0! Another shock upset in what is turning out to be an insane tournament.