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France labor to beat Cameroon's Lions 3 - 2 in friendly game

France labor to beat Cameroon's Lions 3 - 2 in friendly game


A perfect free-kick on the 90th minute mark, from the feet to Dmitri Payet, was the decider between Cameroon and France during a friendly fixture played at the La Beajoire Stadium.

The former African champions without their substantive captain Stephane Mbia, who had been left out of the squad by coach Hugo Bross, came back twice to tie the fixture at two all before Payet’s goal.

Despite the absence of Griezmann (rested) and Martial (injured), the Les Blues were still a handful for the Cameroonians taking the lead through a Blaise Matuidi goal on the 20th minute mark.

His goal was cancelled out by the skipper of the Indomitable Lions on the night, Vincent Aboubakar of FC Porto, who scored two minutes after Matuidi’s goal.

Before the first half ended, Arsenal forward, Olivier Giroud put Deschamps side ahead again. Back from the break, his goal was also cancelled by Choupo-Moting in the 88th minutes and the match looked set for a tie.

Payet however settled it with the last gasp goal to give the French a victory over the Cameroonians whose next assignment is an AFCON qualifier against Mauritania in Naukchott.

Before the game however, a minute silence was held in memory of Cameroonian athletes who had died over the course of the month. Dinamo Bucharesti’s Patrick Ekeng Ekeng, David Mayebi (a footballer) as well as a female goalie Djomnag who died days after Ekeng and cyclist Lontsi who passed away over the week.

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