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Cameroon vs. Tunisia Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 17, 2013

Cameroon booked their place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals on Sunday by dispatching Tunisia 4-1.

Pierre Webo opened the scoring inside five minutes to set the tone for the match, and the Indomitable Lions went on to better their opponents in almost every area.

An excellent, weaving dribble from Benjamin Moukandjo doubled the hosts' lead before the half, then Jean Makoun's headed third cancelled out a mini-reprisal from the visitors.

Makoun capped the perfect game off with a late second after Eric Choupo-Moting struck the post.

The scoreline didn't flatter Volker Finke's troops one bit, as Tunisia started poorly and continued in the same vein.

Webo's harassing of the centre-backs paid off as he nicked the ball just outside the box, surged forward and slotted a superb finish in off the far post.

The stadium instantly came to life, and in turn the players settled; dominating possession, they sprayed the ball across midfield with ease and the visitors did little to halt their groove.

Jean Makoun, in particular, was pulling plenty of strings from his central berth, and it wasn't long before Benjamin Moukandjo weaved his way through the middle to fire home a splendid second.

The half ended with Cameroon fizzing the ball around under no pressure, and during the break Tunisia manager Ruud Krol delivered an almighty team talk.

The Dutchman made two substitutions, signalling proactiveness and intent to change. One of them, Ahmed Akaichi, scored just five minutes after coming on to change the flow of the game entirely.

He latched on to a lofted through-ball and smashed a first-time half-volley beyond Charles Itandje, breathing fresh air into a rejuvenated XI and giving them belief.

The next 15 minutes were well-matched as both sides vied for the upper hand, and it was eventually a set piece that provided the difference.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto's inswinging corner found Makoun at the near post, and the springy midfielder produced an arcing header that nestled into the back of the net.

Tunisia nipped at Cameroon's heels in an attempt to force their way back into proceedings, but Volker Finke's side held out. A quick counterattack saw Makoun bag his second and his nation's fourth.

Delirium for the host nation, despair for the visitors.

 

Post-Match Comment

 

Key Player Grades

Jean Makoun, Cameroon: A+

RADES, TUNISIA - OCTOBER 13:  Jean Makoun of Cameroon in action during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Stade Olympique de Radès on October 13, 2013 in Rades, Tunisia.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Makoun was superb throughout, dominating the ball and allowing his side to control large portions of the game. His headed goal sealed the win; his second made it look comfortable.

 

Ahmed Akaichi, Tunisia: B-

A second-half substitute, Akaichi briefly changed the game for the visitors, scoring a superb first-time effort to swing the tide.

 

Full Player Grades

Cameroon
PlayerGrade
Charles ItandjeB-
Benoit Assou-EkottoB+
Nicolas N'koulouB
Alex SongB
Benjamin MoukandjoA-
Jean MakounA+
Aurelien ChedjouB
Pierre WeboB-
Stephane MbiaB-
Eyong EnohB
Samuel Eto'oB-
Subs
Eric Choupo-MotingB+
Dany NounkeuN/A
Landry N'GuemoN/A
B/R
Tunisia
PlayerGrade
Moez Ben CherifiaD
Sameh DerbalyC
Karim HagguiD+
Syam Ben YoussefC
Fakhreddine Ben YoussefC
Hocine RaguedC
Yassine ChikhaouiC
Wissem Ben YahiaC+
Yassin MikariC-
Saber KhalifaC
Amine ChermitiC
Subs
Fabien CamusC+
Ahmed AkaichiB-
Sami AllaguiC-
B/R

 

What's Next?

For Cameroon, the World Cup. For Tunisia, square one.

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