Cameroon became the third side to be eliminated from the World Cup as they went down 4-0 to Croatia in Manaus on Wednesday. Admittedly, the Vatreni are a team laced with talent, but the nature of the Indomitable Lions’ decline and their dismal performance still came as a surprise—particularly considering the consequences.
To make matters worse, the national team’s volatile side reared its ugly head again. The Central Africans have history here, but even by their standards, Alex Song’s first-half red card—for striking Mario Mandzukic with an elbow—was an act of lunacy.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s late headbutt on team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo was a window into the team’s frustrations, their lack of unity and the underlying bad blood that exists among the fractured squad.
This feature looks back over their defeat to Croatia, and ahead to what the future holds for the Indomitable Lions.