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Saturday 24 March 2018

Makoun double seals Cameroon's place

Cameroon secured their place at next summer's World Cup finals by beating Tunisia 4-1 following a scoreless draw in the first leg.

Pierre Webo and Benjamin Moudandjo gave the hosts a 2-0 interval lead in Yaounde, before Ahmed Akaichi volleyed Tunisia back into contention.

Two late Jean Makoun goals wrapped up victory, taking Cameroon to the finals along with the Ivory Coast and Nigeria, who qualified on Saturday.

Makoun restored the two-goal advantage with a near-post header from a corner midway through the second half.

Samuel Eto'o, playing on the right wing rather than his usual centre-forward role, hit the upright and Makoun reacted quickest to tuck away the rebound for Cameroon's fourth three minutes from time.


Proceeds from tonight's game between Italy and Nigeria at Craven Cottage in London will be donated to a Unicef fund to aid victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

Italy's Andrea Barzagli misses the match after suffering a thigh injury during Friday's draw with Germany, with coach Cesare Prandelli set to name a completely different side. "We've got to focus on having the right fitness levels in Brazil," he said.

Meanwhile, Holland coach Louis van Gaal has called up Patrick van Aanholt for the first time after defenders Bruno Martins Indi and Jetro Willems were ruled out of tomorrow's friendly against Colombia through injury.

Van Aanholt, who is on loan at Vitesse from Chelsea, joins a 22-man Oranje squad after fellow left-backs Martins Indi (muscle) and Willems (knee) left the Noordwijk training camp yesterday.


Brazil showed no mercy to Honduras as they claimed a 5-0 friendly win in Miami as both teams continued preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

The 2014 hosts were able to deal with the physical challenge provided by their opponents which saw Neymar singled out for particular attention.

Honduras were punished for a defensive mistake in the 20th minute as Paulinho claimed possession to set up Bernard and he beat Noel Valladares.

Brazil extended their lead 10 minutes after the break when Dante headed in a Neymar free-kick. The third goal came when a Paulinho shot was saved but Maicon netted the rebound.

Willian volleyed in the fourth before a move involving the Chelsea man and Ramires set up Hulk who fired home the fifth.

Irish Independent

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