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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 05:34 GMT 06:34 UK

Clockwatch: England 2-2 Cameroon

All the action minute by minute, as England twice come from behind to draw with Cameroon in their final World Cup warm-up game in Kobe, Japan.

0853 BST The final whistle in Kobe, where Fowler's last-minute goal ensures England have yet to lose to an African side in an international.

91 mins: England equalise right at the death, courtesy of substitute striker Robbie Fowler. Wayne Bridge pumps a free-kick into the box, Teddy Sheringham heads the ball back across goal into the path of Fowler, who places a precise header over Songo'o and into the net.
England 2-2 Cameroon

87 mins: Wayne Bridge hits an angled free-kick into the Cameroon area - but keeper Songo'o athletically claims the cross.

81 mins: David James spares his own blushes with an excellent covering save after nearly conceding a goal in farcical circumstances. A cross is punted into the England box which James seems certain to hold - but he somehow loses the ball in a mix-up with Wes Brown.

78 mins: England's best move of the second half. Sinclair does superbly well to break down the left flank before crossing for Teddy Sheringham, who flicks the ball towards the far post. Fowler is racing in at the back - but he is just off the pace and fails to convert the loose ball.

76 mins: Fowler is immediately in the action. Joe Cole runs through the middle and plays the Leeds man in on the right with a clipped pass. Fowler tries his luck with a speculative shot from a tight angle, but Alioum fumbles the ball round the post. Alioum is then replaced by Jacques Songo'o.

75 mins: Robbie Fowler, who has been struggling with a minor injury, comes on for Vassell.

73 mins: Darius Vassell earns a corner with a neat piece of trickery on the left-hand byeline. Hargreaves whips the cross in from the set-piece, Trevor Sinclair connects with a goalbound header - but Alioum pulls off a flying save to keep the ball out.

70 mins: England are lacking a creative spark. Joe Cole tries to bring a second equaliser from nowhere with a low shot from the right - but he fails to trouble Alioum.

68 mins: Joseph Ndo replaces Rigobert Song.

67 mins: Another of the Cameroon substitutes, Joel Epalle, shoots straight at David James.

65 mins: Patrick Mboma, the best player of the pitch, is substituted by Pius Ndiefi.

65 mins: Trevor Sinclair links up well with Hargreaves and Sheringham, who volleys way over the bar.

64 mins: David James saves well from Mboma, who hits another fine shot.

63 mins: Martin Keown clears well on the edge of the area as Mboma once again finds himself in a dangerous position.

60 mins: Cameroon substitution: Pierre Njanka replaces Pierre Wome.

56 mins: The excellent Mboma tries a delicious back-heel on the edge of the area, Gareth Southgate handles and Cameroon are awarded a free-kick 22 yards out. Geremi hits a fierce shot direct from the set-piece that leaves David James with no chance and goes in off the keeper's left-hand post.
England 1-2 Cameroon

55 mins: Cameroon make their first substitution, as Lucien Mettomo comes on for Kalla.

51 mins: Danny Mills, playing ahead of Wes Brown in right midfield, cuts inside and hits a low left-foot shot - but goalkeeper Alioum saves with ease.

50 mins: Hargreaves takes a low corner from the left - but the Cameroon defenders clear the danger.

0805: England make six changes for the second half. Trevor Sinclair, Gareth Southgate, David James, Danny Mills, Martin Keown and Teddy Sheringham all come on.

Martyn, Owen, Heskey, Scholes, Ferdinand and Campbell make way. Cameroon continue with the same team that finished the first half.


0749: The half-time whistle blows in Kobe.

43 mins: Samuel Eto'o is felled by a nasty foul by Owen Hargreaves, who rakes his studs down the back of the Cameroon frontman's right leg. He is able to resume after treatment - and Geremi comes close with the free-kick, the ball clipping the top of the bar.

41 mins: Paul Scholes curls an excellent cross from the right into the area for Michael Owen, but the striker is unable to connect with a header as Song clears the ball.

38 mins: Wayne Bridge plays a one-two with Emile Heskey on the left and breaks at pace. He slips the ball to Owen in the middle - but the England capatin's first touch lets him down.

35 mins: The skilful Wome breaks down the left and crosses for Lauren, who blasts his shot over the bar.

31 mins: More problems in the England area. Wome's long throw eventually finds Mboma, who sends over a fizzing volleyed cross, but Sol Campbell clears the ball just as Eto'o threatens.

28 mins: Darius Vassell does well to hold the ball up, only to be kicked in the head by a clumsy challenge from Rigobert Song. Michael Owen tries his luck from the subsequent free-kick - but his shot is straight at the keeper.

27 mins: Cameroon are looking increasingly dangerous going forward, with England's defence frequently exposed. This time Lauren breaks down the right and crosses for Mboma, whose thumping header is safely collected by Nigel Martyn.

24 mins: An England corner from the right is cleared by Cameroon, with Owen poised to shoot.

20 mins: England put the ball in the Cameroon net - only to have their effort ruled out by the officials. Joe Cole's cross is flicked on by Emile Heskey - but keeper Alioum Boukar fails to complete a routine save and Michael Owen helps bundle the ball over the line. But the referee rules that Boukar had been fouled.

19 mins: Emile Heskey sends Michael Owen down the left flank with a long ball - but their former Liverpool colleague Rigobert Song clears for a corner.

17 mins: More impressive interplay between Mboma and Eto'o. Rio Ferdinand has to be at his sharpest to clear the ball as Eto'o prepares the pull the trigger.

14 mins: Patrick Mboma tries a flamboyant overhead shot - but he fails to make proper contact and England scramble the ball clear.

11 mins: An excellent equaliser for England. Neat, crisp build-up in the middle creates the platform for Paul Scholes to dissect the Cameroon defence with a precise pass. Darius Vassell collects the ball and hits a superb right-foot shot that goes in off the post.
England 1-1 Cameroon

4 mins: Cameroon take the lead with a fine goal. Patrick Mboma switches the play from right to left with a great 40-yard pass. Pierre Wome cuts inside Wes Brown and then tries his luck with a speculative shot that deceives Nigel Martyn and hits the far post. And unmarked Samuel Eto'o follows up to score with a flourish.
England 0-1 Cameroon

2 mins: Joe Cole produces a trademark jink to break down the right wing - but Cameroon are able to clear the danger.

0700 BST England kick off in a packed stadium, where Eriksson's team are well supported by the local crowd.


Team news:

Joe Cole makes his first start in an England jersey in a midfield depleted by injury.

The West Ham youngster is named alongside Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves as Sven-Goran Eriksson opts for a 4-3-3 formation.

Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole and goalkeeper David Seaman are both sidelined by minor knocks, so Wayne Bridge and Nigel Martyn start the game.

Teams:
England: Martyn, Brown, Campbell, Ferdinand, Bridge, Cole, Scholes, Hargreaves, Heskey, Vassell, Owen.

Subs: James, Fowler, Keown, Mills, Sheringham, Sinclair, Southgate.

Cameroon: Alioum, Song, Kalla, Tchato, Geremi, Wome, Lauren, Foe, Olembe, Eto'o, Mboma.

Subs: Alnoudji, Djemba-Djemba, Epalle, Job, Kameni, Kome, Mettomo, N'Diefi, N'kom, Ndo, Njanka, Songo'o, Suffo.


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