The Caltex Socceroos have their first point after they drew 1-1 against a physically powerful Cameroon in their second game at the FIFA Confederations Cup on Friday morning (AEST) in St Petersburg.
After a 3-2 loss to Germany earlier in the week, a win was needed but in the end the Socceroos could not find a winner against a physically imposing Cameroon side after they equalised in the second half.
The other two teams in the group - Chile and Germany - were set to face each other later in the day.
GAME IN SUMMARY
- After an even first half, Cameroon hit Australia on transition with virtually the last kick of the first half to take the lead. Cameroon proved deadly in transition all throughout this clash.
- Cameroon had a golden chance to make it 2-0 on 56 minutes but they missed a sitter courtesy of the ever dangerous Aboubakar. They were left to rue that miss.
- Minutes later, the VAR was called on after Gersbach was upended in the box before the decision was given and Milligan equalised for the Socceroos.
Andres Zambo Anguissa Cameroon, 46’: 0-1
Australia got caught out with Ngadeu-Ngadjui’s long ball over the top that found Anguissa running off Degenek’s shoulder. He was first to the ball through and inside the box he poked the ball past the oncoming Mat Ryan.
Mark Milligan (pen) Australia 59’: 1-1
Gersbach was adjudged to have been fouled and Milligan coolly stroked the pen home low into the left-hand corner past Ondoa.
Australia make strong start in Phnom Penh on road to Thailand and Tokyo
The Australian U-23 National Team got their 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualification campaign off to a strong start in Cambodia on Saturday morning (AEDT), recording a solid 6-0 win over their hosts in Phnom Penh. From the outset Australia looked well prepared for their Cambo
'These boys are ready': Arnold confident ahead of AFC U-23 qualifiers
Graham Arnold was at the helm the last time an Australian team qualified for the Olympic Games with a squad skippered by Mark Milligan and containing a host of players who would go on to become Caltex Socceroos. Now 11 years on from those 2008 Games, Arnold leads a new crop of
'We have to thank Australia for giving us this opportunity': The magnificent mix of the Caltex Socceroos
Australia is a melting pot, and nothing illustrates that more than the country's national team, the Caltex Socceroos. Harmony Day, held each year on March 21, is Australia’s celebration of cultural diversity.
McGree and Genreau eager to play crucial role on road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Key Australia U-23s midfielder Riley McGree has declared he and his teammates are ‘ready and acclimatised’ to the stifling conditions in Cambodia, as they embark on qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Australia face hosts Cambodia on Saturday morning (AEDT) in c