The first leg of the Tunisia – Cameroon World Cup Qualifiers clash that took place in Rades stadium on Sunday, October 13th for a ticket to Brazil ended with a 0-0 draw.
The first twenty minutes were mostly dominated by the Tunisian squad. In the first minute, Yassine Chikhaoui’s shot was stopped by Charles Itandje, the Cameroonian goalkeeper. In the 4th minute, Ragued missed a scoring chance. In the 17th minute, Wissem Yahia could have opened the score by a long shot but Itandje saved the ball just one minute before saving another shot by Chikhaoui.
During the rest of the first half, the Cameroonian team became more offensive and created some dangerous chances namely Makoun’s shot after a defensive error by Houcine Ragued in the 41st minute and Eto’o’s missed free kick in the 44th minute.
The second half was generally balanced between the two national teams, starting with a series of missed chances by the Tunisian players like Chermiti’s cross in the 48th minute when Itandje intervened in front of Saber Khelifa. A few minutes later, Fakhri Ben Youssef, who joined his team in the beginning of the second half, missed a header after a good work by Yassine Mikari.
In the 59th minute, the Cameroonian team started to create more chances since Matip’s shot was saved with difficulty by Ben Cherifia ten minutes before the most dangerous Cameroonian occasion of the match when Webo missed a clear scoring chance after an error by Ben Cherifia.
The rest of the match did not witness any other significant chances and the rhythm became less intense even with the substitutions made by both head coaches.
The Cameroonian team was favored by most football analysts especially after the poor performance shown by the Tunisian team during the Cape Verde match.
The second leg of this clash will be played on November 17th in Yaoundé and will determine whether Tunisia or Cameroon will represent Africa in Brazil World Cup 2014.
The other encounters played on October 12-13 finished with a 3-2 defeat of the Algerian team against Burkina Faso, the great 3-1 victory of Ivory Coast over Senegal and the 2-1 win of the African Champions of Nigeria against Ethiopia in Addis Abeba. Still, the clash between Egypt and Ghana will occur on Tuesday, October 15th.