Cameroon go through, eliminate Uruguay
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An animated crowd in Bogota witnessed only one goal. It was scored by Emmanuel Mbongo. It moved Cameroon on to four points, sent them through as Group B runners-up behind Portugal, and booked a meeting with Mexico in the Round of 16. It left Uruguay bottom of the pool and ended their participation at this FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The game got off to a slow start, with the first shot, a wild mishit from Cameroon's Idriss Nguessi, coming a late as the 23rd minutes. The Africans were soon ahead, though. Christ Mbondi did well down the left and crossed for Emmanuel Mbongo, whose left-foot finish from close range beat goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo.

The Uruguay No1 almost cost his side a second goal on 35 minutes, failing to catch a cross, colliding with team-mate Leandro Cabrera and presenting Franck Ohandza with an opportunity. However, the Cameroon No9's reaction shot went agonizingly wide by merely inches.

Uruguay twice came close to levelling just before half-time. First, Diego Polenta's wickedly-deflected drive went narrowly wide, and then Diego Rodriguez's shot was superbly saved by Jean Efala.

The Cameroon keeper need to be at his best to keep out a Polenta shot seven minutes after the restart, before Ichazo denied a Mbondi effort. Ohandza then had two chances to double the lead, but Ichazo saved both.

Uruguay attempted to push forward in the last ten minutes, but after a Cesar Teixeira half-volley went wide, they had nothing left. Cameroon had defied the odds to keep their dream alive.