After the coaches of Australia and Cameroon watched their teams battle to a 1-1 draw in Saint Petersburg, they offered up contrasting analysis of Thursday's closely contested encounter.
While Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou agreed that “it was an even game”, he was quick to point out that his charges had, in his eyes, dominated large portions of the 90 minutes. “Cameroon were dangerous at certain points, and they did put us under real pressure at times, but overall, I felt we controlled the match,” he said. “We just lacked a bit of composure up front, especially in the second half, when we had some fantastic chances to score.”
His opposite number, Hugo Broos, viewed things a little differently. “We could have scored in the second half, with a little bit more luck,” he said. “I remarked pre-match that our opponents had a lot of quality, and that proved correct, but my team put in a good performance. We had a lot of chances and we were able to put one of them away. But then there was the penalty. All in all, it’s not a good result for us.”
“The match came down to little details in the end,” explained Cameroon midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who was named Budweiser Man of the Match. “I don’t think I could really say what the key moments were. We had chances, but we didn’t get the rub of the green. That’s football, and you just have to accept it. But nothing’s decided yet, and we’ve got one more match to play!”
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