Russia, Cameroon draw 0-0 in friendly
Russia was held to a scoreless draw by Cameroon in an
international friendly on Tuesday with both teams resting some of
their better players.
Russia dominated for most of the match but it was Cameroon which
came closest to scoring, defender Aurelien Chedjou’s header hitting
the post in the 79th minute with goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev
Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak failed to give Russia an early lead
after dribbling from the right wing into the area, goalkeeper Guy
N’dy Assembe pushing the low shot just wide.
Russia midfielders Alan Dzagoev and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov missed
with 20-meter shots, while N’dy Assembe made a great save on a
thundering shot by Dzagoev early in the second half.
Cameroon’s best first-half chance came in the final minutes when
unmarked Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting shot wide after getting the ball
from a quick free kick by Samuel Eto’o.
Russia coach Dick Advocaat left Tottenham forward Roman
Pavlyuchenko, who scored a hat trick in the 3-1 win over Armenia on
Saturday, on the bench.
Cameroon was without Arsenal midfielder Alex Song after coach
Javier Clemente made four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with
Senegal last Saturday.
Russia is second in Group B in qualifying for the 2012 European
Championship. The team has the same number of points as leader
Ireland and third-place Slovakia.
Cameroon trails Senegal and Congo in third place in Group E of
qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Roman Shishkin, Aleksei Berezutsky,
Vasili Berezutsky, Renat Yanbaev, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Dmitri
Torbinskiy, 76), Aleksandr Sheshukov (Igor Semshov, 45), Denis
Glushakov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Yuri Zhirkov, 55),
Cameroon: Guy N’dy Assembe, Benoit Angbwa (Sebastien Bassong,
45), Henri Bedimo, Nicolas N’Koulou, Aurelien Chedjou, Stephane
M’Bia, Andre Ndame Ndame (Eyong Enoh, 45), Vincent Aboubakar (Ngako
Deutcha Duvalois, 45), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Landry N’Guemo,
60), Benjamin Moukandjo Bile, Samuel Eto’o (Pierre Webo, 45).