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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Choupo Moting's equaliser earns Cameroon their first point in the World Cup

At the Al-Janoub Stadium, Cameroon and Serbia provided a classic as a stunning 3-3 draw made the Eagles the first team in World Cup (WC) history to score twice in first-half added time.

Aleksandar Mitrović was unfortunate to see his curling attempt hit the post early in the game after Serbia lost to pre-tournament favorites Brazil the previous time around. Serbia opened the game with purpose while Cameroon struggled to grasp the situation. The Indomitable Lions were unfazed and broke the tie with little under 30 minutes left despite being restrained by a tough Eagles team. Jean-Charles Castelletto scored his first goal for Cameroon and the first in this competition since 2014 after Nicholas Nkoulou flicked a corner to the back post.

However, Serbia answered with a quickfire double to demonstrate why they were some people's favorite heading into the competition. Serbia finished first in their WC qualifying group ahead of runners-up Portugal. Strahinja Pavlović, a towering Serbian center back, headed the ball past Devis Epassy, who was filling in for André Onana, who had reportedly been benched for disciplinary reasons. Just as the halftime whistle blew, Serbian supporters celebrated as Sergej Milinković-Savić's shot found the back of the net.

After the halftime, Mitrović appeared to have given his team the win when he tapped in from six yards for his seventh goal in his previous six Serbian games. The already exciting competition took on yet another unexpected turn.However, as Rigobert Song's team came back on 63 minutes through replacement, Vincent Aboubakar, who evaded the offside trap and lofted a beautiful attempt over Milinković-Savić.

It seemed as though only seconds had passed when Cameroon finished their comeback when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tapped in from Boubakar's squared cross, shocking the Eagles and many spectators in the stadium. While Cameroon had the advantage as the game came to a close, Mitrović had the most guilt-inducing opportunity to score before the curtains draw to a close, thus the drama wasn't over even if the goal sealed an exciting match.

Even though the outcome wasn't ideal for Cameroon, who are hoping to advance past the group stage for the first time since 1990, they will probably be happy to have snapped an eight-game losing streak in this competition. Serbia's manager, Dragan Stojković must be shocked of what transpired after his team lost a potentially significant opportunity to win it.

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