Africa’s hope of winning the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup faded after Cameroon’s 3-1 defeat to Germany in their final Group B game on Sunday.
Goals from Kerem Demirbay and a Timo Werner brace handed world champions Germany a deserved three points to move top of group B, and also ended Cameroon’s Russia adventure.
Vincent Aboubakar scored Cameroon’s consolation goal in the 78th minute, after struggling in front of goal throughout the game.
The Indomitable Lions finished the game with 10 men following the sending off of Ernest Mabouka.
Colombian Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a reckless high challenge by Mabouka on Germany’s Emre Can saw Sebastien Siani wrongfully receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity.
But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of Siani’s card to red.
It was only after Cameroon’s players insisted he review the incident again that he realised his error, rescinded Siani’s sending-off and instead flashed the red card to the correct culprit Mabouka.
As Group B winners, the Germans will face Mexico in the semi-finals in Sochi, while Group A leaders Portugal will play Group B runners up Chile in the other match.
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