2018 World Cup qualifier: Nigeria 1-1 Cameroon (As it happened, minute by minute)

African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday.

The match ended 1-1 in Yaounde. The result means Nigeria cannot secure qualification in this round of matches, but they remain very much on course for Russia 2018.

90+5' - Yellow card - Fai is booked for a challenge on Moses.

90+3' - Some tactical time wasting from Ezenwa as he receives treatment for the earlier collision with Fai.

90+2' - Bassogog plays a dangerous ball across the penalty area, but no teammate is on hand to convert!

90' - There will be five minutes of added time.

89' - Fai tumbles in the box, but again there's no penalty for the hosts. To be fair, only the crowd really appealed for a spot kick...

87' - Substitution - Nigeria's final change sees Peter Etebo replace Onazi in midfield.

84' - Ezenwa makes a superb save to deny a snap-shot from Aboubakar! He then gets up to deny Fai in a nasty collision and will need treatment.

83' - Aboubakar tumbles dramatically in the box, but there's no penalty coming.

81' - Substitution - Cameroon's last change sees Moumi Ngamaleu replace Olinga.

79' - Iheanacho replaces Ighalo as the Eagles struggle to keep the ball.

77' - Onazi is booked for a cynical foul. The noise here is now defeaning. The Super Eagles are wobbling. The Lions smell blood.

75' - GOAL! Cameroon 1-1 Nigeria - Aboubakar coolly converts the penalty to draw the hosts level!

73' - Penalty! Ezenwa comes off his line to try claim a 50-50 ball and takes out Djoum! The referee points to the spot and Cameroon have a chance to equalise!

70' - Twenty minutes to play, Nigeria are on course for  a fourth straight win.

67' - So nearly 2-0 for Nigeria, as Moses skilfully opens up space for a shot from inside the box, only to see his effort skim the top of the crossbar!

65 - Substitution - Nigeria's first change sees Mikel make way for Ndubisi Agu.

63' - Yellow card - Olinga goes into the book for remonstrating with the referee.

62' - Substitution - Moukandjo makes way for Bassogog and Nsame is off for Aboubakar in a double change for the hosts.

60' - Cameroon have Christian Bassogog and Vincent Aboubakar ready to come on as subs.

59' - Cameroon threaten down the Nigerian left but Ezenwa makes an easy catch. They come again but shoot high and wide.

55' - Yellow card: Leon Balogun (Nigeria) is booked by the referee after illegally stopping Cameroon breakaway.

54' - Some fine wing play from Moses, but his attempted cross from the left is  cut out.

52' - Troost-Ekong makes a superb tackle to prevent Nsame getting a shot on goal!

50' - The excellent Balogun once again cuts out a dangerous cross. Nigeria's defence has been imperious thus far.

49' - All Cameroon in the early minutes of the second stanza, with the hosts looking for a fast start.

46' - Back underway in the second half, no changes from either side at the interval.

The second half kicks off


45+2' - Nigeria hold a deserved 1-0 lead at the break, having created the better scoring opportunities. The Super Eagles are on course for a 'double' over the Indomitable Lions.

45' - There will be one minute of added time.

44' - Simon crosses from the right, but Teikeu is well placed to intercept.

41' - Moukandjo crosses from a corner kick, but Ezenwa once again shows a good pair of hands to claim the aerial ball.

40' - Cameroon looking to build up a head of steam but they are struggling to find any gaps in Nigeria's defence.

37' - Moses looks just fine as he tries to beat his defender in the box and goes down under a challenge, but the referee isn't interested in awarding a penalty.

35' - A worry for Nigeria as Moses limps off to receive some treatment - they'll hope it's nothing more than a minor knock.

33' - Balogun gets on the end of a Moses corner kick but can't direct an effort on goal. A few second later it's the turn of Ighalo to dazzle his marker, cut inside and blaze a left-footed shot just over the target!

30' - GOAL! Moses Simon drives a low cross into the box, Ondoa can only half stop the ball and Simon is on hand to steer home a left-footed shot! The Super Eagles lead in Yaounde!

28' - Moses tries to float a cross to the back post for the run of Ndidi, but it's overhit and out for a goal kick to Cameroon.

27' - Ezenwa initially drops a long ball into his penalty area, but recovers quickly. Balogun then powers upfield and earns a free kick in a good attacking position for the Super Eagles.

27' - A misplaced diagonal pass almost puts Zambo Anguissa in on goal, but Ezenwa is alert to the danger.

26' - Moukandjo crosses, Banana gets up to glance the header onwards, but the offside flag is up.

26' - Free kick for Nigeria after Leon Balogun got fouled 

25' - After Cameroon's bright start, the Eagles have got back into the game. Balogun goes on a driving run. Brought down.

21' - Cameroon with a free kick on the right flank. Moukandjo crosses, Banana gets up to glance the header onwards, but the offside flag is up.

19' - Moses tripped up in midfield and it's another free kick for Nigeria. The hosts are really looking to assert themselves in the challenges...

18' - Cameroon with a set piece of their own now, but Moukandjo's delivery from the dead ball is out for a goal kick to Nigeria.

15' - Moses crosses from another corner kick, but his delivery is poor this time and Cameroon clear the danger.

12' - Free kick to Nigeria out on the left flank. Moses whips in a good cross, but Teikeu gets up to make a fine defensive header.

10' - Ezenwa with good hands again as he smothers a low ball into the penalty area from Zambo Anguissa.

9' - Nsame meets a low cross from the right but he can't get a clean shot away to test Ezenwa.

8' - Moses almost picks out Balogun at the far post from the corner, but the tall defender is outmuscled in the air.

7' - Ndidi is tripped up and Nigeria have a free kick in a good attacking position. Moses whips in a dangerous ball and Teikeu heads out for a corner kick.

5' - Good pace from Balogun to beat Nsame to a long ball played down the left flank. The Indomitable Lions are looking to go from back to front with real speed whenever they get the chance.

2' - Cameroon's Moukandjo whips in a cross from the left, but Ezenwa makes a confident catch.

1' - The match kicks off.

Cameroon unsurprisingly have shaken up their starting line-up, with Arnaud Djoum, Yahia Banana, Fabrice Olinga and Jean-Pierre Nsame all coming in.

Equally unsurprisingly, Gernit Rohr has taken the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach with Nigeria. Not one change.

Starting XI

Cameroon: Fabrice Ondoa, Collins Fai, Adolphe Teikeu, Yahia Banana, Serge Leuko, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Arnaud Djoum, Sebastian Siani, Benjamin Moukandjo, Fabrice Olinga, Jean-Pierre Nsame

Nigeria: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Abdullahi Shehu, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo

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