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Yaounde: Nigeria pounding Cameroon  1-0 at half time in return match

 44'  Moses Simon has absolute hectares out on the right, where Serge Leuko's positioning is questionable to say the least. Moses flings a cross towards the near post but a Cameroon shirt clears.

42' Victor Moses is boxed in, near his own corner flag. Collins Fai steams in rather hot-headedly and shoves him in the back. Needless.

40' Fabrice Olinga springs the offside trap to latch on to Anguissa's long ball, right at the byline. He can only backheel it to prevent it going out of play, and wait for the arriving Nigerian defenders to boot it behind for a corner. The 'keeper, Ezenwa, should have come off his line there.

39' The match has opened up in the last five minutes. A lot of frenetic counter-attacking with limited end product.



38' Victor Moses charges in to the box, dipping and weaving, turning Teikeu inside and out. The Chelsea winger goes to ground, but it looked like a tripped on his own feet, and the half-hearted penalty shouts are dismissed.

37' Siani and Anguissa are comfortable in possession around the Nigeria box, but neither have been able to find the killer final pass. Apart from Djoum, the home side are lacking a creative spark.

34' Big chance for Odion Ighalo. The former-Watford striker peeled away from Teikeu to latch on to Victor Moses' through ball. The defender recovers to take up a goal-side position, but Ighalo skips away from him with a step-over and unleashes a left-footed drive. It flies over. Victor Moses is down in the centre of the park after receiving a blow to his lower back, but he'll be fine to continue. The rest of the players make the most of the break in play to take on water.

32'  Victor Moses threatens again on the right. He rifles a low shot towards Ondoa's near post, and Banana deflects it behind for a corner. Balogun is a constant threat in the opposition box, but the ball is slightly too high for him.

28'  GOOOOOL! Simon Moses seizes upon Victor Moses' parried shot from the right, and turns the ball in at the far post. A good finish with the ball bobbling at his feet. He celebrates the goal with a selection of acrobatics.

27' Moses opts to deliver a swirling delivery, but he overcooks it slightly and Cameroon launch a counter-attack from the goal kick. Djoum finds himself with the ball at his feet on the right hand side of the box, and lifts a cross in towards the penalty spot. Balogun rises well to clear, but it falls at the feet of Nsame. He shapes to shoot, but a white shirt gets in the way and the Super Eagles clear.

26' Two shots apiece so far. A chance for Nigeria to have another from a free-kick. Leon Balogun waltzes out of the defence and is fouled deep in the Cameroon half. Moses stands over it.

24' Nigeria are looking to break quickly through Victor Moses and Moses Simon on the flanks. There are plenty of long, diagonal, and fairly speculative balls being played out to them, with little success so far.

21'  Yaya Banana gets up the highest to meet Djoum's delivery from the right. The big man tries to guide it towards the bottom corner, but his connection is too thin, and the ball skids wide of Ezenwa's goal.

20' Nsame fulfills his defensive duties well, tracking back to pinch the ball off John Obi Mikel's toes... And then gives it away. Cameroon need to settle.

18' Moukandjo skips past Onazi in the centre of the park, and is promptly chopped down. The Nigerian midfielder does his best to talk himself in to a booking, but eventually backs off and allows the free-kick to be taken. Moukandjo swings it in, but it's slightly ahead of his team-mates, and it bounces out for a goal kick.

16' 15 minutes played, and neither team has grasped this match by the scruff of the neck. Cameroon have had the better chances, but need to watch their discipline. The home side have committed several petty fouls, and with Victor Moses' delivery, could be punished from set-pieces.

13' Arnaud Djoum leaps over Balogun and flops to the ground, 25 yards from goal. He expected a foul, but the Senegalese referee waves play on. That looked like a foul. Even though Balogun did not touch Cameroon's number 17, he forced him in to evasive action. A let-off for Nigeria.

12' Collins Fai clatters Victor Moses on the touchline. An 'agricultural' challenge, as it were. The Chelsea man dusts himself off, and will deliver... The Cameroon rearguard hold firm and the ball goes clear.

10' Djoum threatens again on the right flank. He's made a very lively start. He latches on to a perfectly-weighted pass from Andre Anguisse and cuts the ball back across goal. The Nigerian 'keeper does well to dive at the feet of his defenders and claim, clean as a whistle.

9' Cameroon have the first decent chance of the match. Arnaud Djoum careers down the right win and whips a low ball towards Nsame, who has made an intelligent run in from the left towards the near post. Nsame flashes a right footed shot just wide.

8' Leon Balogun, who plies his trade for Mainz in the Bundesliga, leaps at the far post but can't connect with the outswinging corner.

7' Nigeria almost immediately win another free-kick. It's 35 yards out and to the right. Victor Moses stands over the ball, adjusts his hair, and whips in the delivery. Cleared by Teikeu for a corner.

6' Djoum with a clumsy foul, barging in to the back of Onazi in the centre circle.

5'  It's a fine atmosphere in Yaoundé, where The Lions are playing to the sound of a brass band and raucous percussion.

3' Cameroon launch a long ball towards the run of Fabrice Olinga, but Ezenwa rushes out to claim just inside his box.

   1' We're underway! Cameroon settle in to early possession.

Yet Cameroon have not beaten Nigeria since 2000, and that was on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Cup of Nations. For a fully fledged victory, you have to go all the way back to 1989, when a goal from Francois Omam-Biyik gave The Lions a narrow win.

The two sides are very close in the FIFA world rankings. After their Cup of Nations victory earlier this year, Cameroon sit in 35th position, with Nigeria slightly below in 38th.

The Super Eagles have the upper hand in terms of the head-to-head. Nigeria have played Cameroon 21 times, winning 11, drawing 6, and losing 4.

The Nigeria team have added motivation this evening. The Super Eagles are playing with Carl Ikeme in mind. The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and is currently receiving treatment.

Surprisingly, Cameroon will line up without Aboubakar or Bassagog. A curious team-selection from Hugo Broos.

Cameroon XI: Ondoa; Faï, Teikeu, Banana, Leuko; Siani, Zambo, Moukandjo, Djoum; Olinga, Nsame.

The Cameroon team are out for their warm-up, greeted by a roar from the crowd.

 John Obi Mikel has recovered from injury to bolster the Nigerian midfield for this round of international fixtures. The 30-year-old, now with Tianjin TEDA in China, made his debut back in 2005 in a friendly victory over Libya.
No Cameroon players in the 'team of the week' following the Nigeria defeat, unsurprisingly.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos was frank following his team's heavy defeat on Friday. "There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points," he said, "there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this."
Words of encouragement from the big man.

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