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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 09:02 GMT 10:02 UK
Clockwatch: Cameroon 1-0 Saudi Arabia


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94 mins: Cameroon have never scored more than one in a World Cup finals match and the record continues after an unconvincng display against a spirited Saudi Arabia side.

89 mins: Marc-Vivien Foe is prevented from scoring at the end of an excellent by a superb saving tackle.

88 mins: Cameroon raid the Saudi left wing once more. This time Geremi charges into space and pulls the ball back to Salomon Olembe. But he is the latest to display poor shooting ability.

86 mins: Pius Ndiefi turns Lauren's cross gaolwards, but he fails to twist his body sufficiently for the shot to trouble Mohammed Al-Deayea.


82 mins: Raymond Kalla leaps to glance the ball clear as Al-Hassan Al-Yami prepares to pounce.

79 mins: A dipping volley from Nawaf Al-Temyat loops over Boukar Alioum, but also over the bar. Seconds later, he fires another shot off target.

76 mins: Inaccurate passing is letting Cameroon down in the final third of the pitch as they attempt to boost their goal difference. Saudi Arabia's flashes of attacking inspiration provide a warning that they may yet draw level.

74 mins: Pius Ndiefi replaces Patrick Mboma.

73 mins: Nawaf Al-Temyat works himself into another good position, but Boukar Alioum is safely behind the shot.

71 mins: Abdulaziz Al-Khathran is brought down on the very edge of the box.

69 mins: Marc-Vivien Foe heads straight at the keeper from close range. Then at the other end, Rigobert Song makes a crucial intervention as Saudi Arabia threaten to level the match.

65 mins: Cameroon finally break Saudi Arabia's brave resistance. Samuel Eto'o latches on to a long pass by Geremi and slides the ball beyond Mohammed Al-Deayea.
Cameroon 1-0 Saudi Arabia

62 mins: A mix-up in the Saudi defence presents Salomon Olembe with a chance. With the keeper stranded, he crashes an effort barely wide of the upright.

59 mins: A superb, jinking run from Nawaf Al-Temyat opens up the Cameroon defence. The lively midfielder unleashes a shot which Boukar Alioum spills. Al-Hassan Al-Yami follows up the rebound and looks to be tripped by the keeper. The referee's response is to book the Saudi player for diving. Replays show the decision was correct.

53 mins: Cameroon increase the tempo and force another fine save from Mohammed Al-Deayea.

52 mins: Shocking finishing from Samuel Eto'o is a poor end to excellent approach play from Salomon Olembe.

49 mins: Lauren strikes a fierce, low drive from the edge of the box, which Mohammed Al-Deayea does well to smother.

47 mins: The first chance of the second half falls to Raymond Kalla, who nods the ball straight into the arms of Mohammed Al-Deayea.

45 mins: Saudi Arabia are unfortunate not to lead at the interval after their solid defensive display and fast, incisive breaks. By contrast, Cameroon are lacking ideas and struggling to find their rhythm.

45 mins: Midfield playmaker Nawaf Al-Temyat again causes Cameroon problems. He bends a shot narrowly wide.

42 mins: An over-stretching Nawaf Al-Temyat slides his shot wide of the post. Saudi Arabia are looking the more dangerous team, particularly when Nawaf Al-Temyat is in possession.

37 mins: Mohammed Al-Deayea fumbles a cross and the ball falls at Patrick Mboma's feet. The striker rushes his shot and fails to take advantage of the Saudi keeper's error.

36 mins: Boukar Alioum dives low to his left to smother Hussein Al-Sulaimani's well-struck free kick.

35 mins: Al-Hassan Al-Yami replaces the unfortunate Obeid Al-Dossary, who had looked a real threat up front for Saudi Arabia.

32 mins: Obeid Al-Dossary takes a tumle, appearing to twist his ankle. He is stretchered off.

29 mins: An accurate centre is delivered by Geremi, finding the head of Patrick Mboma. He can not direct the ball goalwards and another chance is missed.

27 mins: From a tight angle, Pierre Wome strikes a curling free kick just over the bar.

23 mins: Nawaf Al-Temyat's influence on the game is growing. His smart backheel almost creates an opening, but the Cameroon defence stands firm.

22 mins: Rigobert Song heads behind, conceding a corner. The cross is headed out and breaks to Nawaf Al-Temyat. His shot is drilled well off target.

18 mins: Nawaf Al-Temyat attempts to set up a swift attack but is bundled over. The resulting free kick is blazed high and wide.

16 mins: The match settles into a pattern of continued Cameroon pressure, interrupted by occasional Saudi counter attacks.

13 mins: Frustration shows on Patrick Mboma's face as the Cameroon front line are caught offside once more. This time the guilty party is Marc-Vivien Foe.

11 mins: Patrick Mboma burst through the middle, rounds the goalkeeper and nets for Cameroon. But his strike is ruled out for offside.

8 mins: Obeid Al Dossari sprints into a gap between two defenders and connects with a precise cross. But he fails to control his header, wasting an excellent chance to put Saudi Arabia in front.

6 mins: Al Khathran finds space but his hesitation prevents a shooting opportunity. He is dispossessed on the egde of the Cameroon penalty area.

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Cameroon: Alioum, Wome, Tchato, Song, Kalla, Lauren, Foe, Kome, Geremi, Eto'o, Mboma. Subs: Alnoudji, Djemba-Djemba, Epalle, Job, Kameni, Mettomo, N'Diefi, Ndo, Njanka, Olembe, Songo'o, Suffo.

Saudi Arabia: Al Daeyea, Al Jahani, Tukar, Zubromawi, Al Shehri, Sulimani, Al Khathran, Abdallah Al Shahrani, Ibrahim Al Shahrani, Al Temyat, Obeid Al Dossari. Subs: Abdallah Al Dossari, Ahmed Al Dossari, Al Ghamdi, Al Jaber, Al Owairan, Al Shlhoub, Al Thagafi, Al Yami, Babkr, Harthi, Noor, Zaid.


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