Cameroon 4-1 Cote d’Ivoire: Aboubakar and Njie hit doubles in drubbing
The Indomitable Lions remain top of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying section after thrashing the visitors, for whom Yaya Toure struck a consolation
Cameroon thrashed Cote d’Ivoire 4-1 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying phase on Wednesday.
Two goals each from Clinton Njie and Vincent Aboubakar sealed the Indomitable Lions’ thrilling victory, with Yaya Toure scoring one for the Elephants in their worst rout in more than a decade.
Cote D’Ivoire began with confidence, proving dominant in the opening exchanges and pushing Cameroon towards their own area, but goal chances created by the Ivorians were blocked in quick succession.
The flow of traffic towards the Cameroonian box continued after the 10th minute, although with Gervinho’s several attempts to cut in from both flanks proved futile.
And as the Ivorians maintained ascendancy, the space they left behind their lines was exploited ruthlessly in the 14th minute when Njie of Lyon raced down through the left and fired an effort at goal which was deflected in by Serge Aurier.
The pace grew frenetic as both sides struggled to hold and use the ball, with Cote d’Ivoire pushing to find an equaliser.
And after 10 minutes, they found their equaliser: Aurier drifted deep from the right side of the Cameroon area and, after outmuscling his marker, scuffed a shot which goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoua parried into the path of the onrushing Toure.
Thereafter, Cote d’Ivoire enjoyed more domination but wasted a number of glorious chances to take the lead.
Minutes after Gervinho spurned another opening, Aurier surged forward and laid it on for the unmarked Wilfried Bony, who fluffed his lines.
Cameroon retook the lead after defender Lamine Kone’s back header was seized upon by Vincent Aboubakar, who flawlessly hit home his team’s second goal in the 37th minute.
The Lions returned from the break looking even hungrier for goals than in the first half, launching a siege of the Ivorian goal, and Aboubakar claimed a loose ball in the scramble and lashed home his second less than 10 minutes into the half.
Substitute Seydou Doumbia of CSKA Moscow brought some pace to Cote d’Ivoire’s attacking line but sloppy finishing continued, with Bony and Max Gradel failing to beat goalkeeper Ondoua while in one-on-one positions.
Cameroon continued to impress as they settled into an effective passing rhythm and, after dragging two defenders to the right to create some space, Aboubakar dispatched a sublime chip to Njie, who completed his double to take it to 4-1 in the 76th minute.
The home side were then able to ease to their victory which keeps them on top of Group D with six points, while Cote d’Ivoire are temporarily second ahead of the group’s second game between Sierra Leone and DR Congo.