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Cameroon open in style at Ecuador’s expense

Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon celebrates with team mates
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A three-goal virtuoso display from Gaelle Enganamouit has helped Cameroon beat Ecuador 6-0 in the battle of the debutants in Vancouver.

Enganamouit - celebrating her birthday - had a hand in all the goals as the west Africans enjoyed a perfect opening to their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ odyssey.

After a low-key opening half-hour, Enganamouit started a move which resulted in a goal for Madeleine Ngono Mani.

Just two minutes later Enganamouit received a long ball forward and beat goalkeeper Berruz with a low shot on her left

Ecuador almost responded in kind with a rare chance via an Ambar Torres free-kick, but it was the Africans who extended their lead before the break as Kerlly Real committed a foul in the penalty area and captain Christine Manie scored to the right.

Little changed after the interval with Cameroon remaining stronger, quicker, and better organised.

The yellow-haired Enganamouit then brought about a red card for Ecuador captain Ligia Moreira, following a last-defender foul midway through the second period.

It was little surprise when the same player scored again following a neat pass from Gabrielle Onguene.

Another penalty was awarded following a handball from substitute Katherine Ortiz and duly scored by Onguene, before a third spot-kick scored in injury time by the heroine of the day, Enganamouit.

*Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Gaelle Enganamouit (Cameroon) *

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