Milligan spot-kick secures draw for Australia

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Both sides wasted good chances to win the game late on, with the final result ultimately helping neither side in the quest for qualification from the group.

The Africa Cup of Nations holders led on the stroke of half-time though Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, although Australia skipper Mark Milligan levelled from the penalty spot with an hour played.

Cameroon: Ondoa 6, Mabouka 6, Ngadeu 6, Teikeu 6, Fai 6, Djoum 5, Siano 6, Anguissa 7, Bassogog 8, Aboubakar 4, Moukandjou 6.

After the match, the Socceroos boss told SBS TV, "We controlled large parts of the game". "They were every risky on transition and a couple of times got in behind us".

"I don't see any game as more winnable than any other. We're still unfortunately having little lapses that are costing us".

"There's certainly progression there, and they didn't give up".

Australia started the second half looking for an equaliser and were close on the 47th minute. "There's a real spirit in the team". Cameroon and Australia each need a little luck. Alex Gersbach replaced Aziz Behich in the left wing back role after Behich was tormented by the world champions, and Robbie Kruse promoted to a starting berth after his decisive contribution to the Socceroos' improved second half showing in Sochi, with Massimo Luongo benched.

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It has been clear for sometime that Australia's style is outdated and ill-suited.

"Australia play with a lot of fighting spirit and I expect a hard game against a team with a different style to Chile", said Cameroon's Belgian coach Hugo Broos.

Cameroon enjoyed an extra day's rest following their opening defeat to the South Americans, another reason fresh legs will be invaluable when they meet.

Four-and-a-half months ago, Vincent Aboubakar caused shockwaves by volleying a marvellous victor to give Cameroon an unlikely Africa Cup of Nations title in Gabon.

"We need to preserve our chances of qualifying for the next round". To a chorus of boos from a crowd, vocally on the side of Cameroon, Milligan made no mistake from 12 yards.

Increasingly concerning is the fact that Ange continues to trot out Tim Cahill, an admittedly great servant for his country over the years on a sort of farewell tour where he is given few minutes, makes no impact on the contest and ensures that a younger face misses an opportunity to gain some valuable experience in different conditions against quality opposition. Tedious retention of possession can work if you have players able to turn a game in a moment, but they do not, and though they were always likely to be going home at the end of the group stages, they are capable of much better than what they've produced so far.

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