In a breathlessly exciting encounter, Cameroon and Serbia played out one of the most entertaining World Cup fixtures in recent memory, giving each side their first point of the finals.
Aleksandar Mitrovic struck the post inside the first ten minutes, setting the tone for a match that would soon turn into a goal-packed blockbuster. However, it was Cameroon who opened the scoring when Jean-Charles Castelletto – just minutes earlier a key part of a defensive mix-up that handed Mitrovic a clear sight of goal – crept in at the far post to swipe in from a corner.
Cameroon were wasteful with their first-half chances following the opener, providing a platform for a Serbian comeback.
In just a couple of minutes, Serbia had achieved just that. Both Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic were on target in first-half stoppage time.
Mitrovic looked to have put the game beyond all doubt, tapping in from a sensational Serbian team move, but the Cameroonian players had other ideas.
The introduction of Vincent Aboubakar proved pivotal, with the emblematic striker scooping a chipped finish over goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic giving the African nation hope.
Aboubakar again broke through just two minutes late, laying a goal on a plate for team mate Eric Maxime Choupo Moting.
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