Cameroon’s path to another World Cup upset run gets trickier with opening loss to Canada
Cameroon didn’t need long to become one of the undeniable darlings of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
With only one previous appearance in the World Cup, Cameroon didn’t enter with any sort of serious expectations — until it pounded Ecuador for a six-goal win to start the 2015 World Cup, which opened the door for Cameroon to reach the knockout stages for the first time.
It’s going to be a little more difficult to replicate the successes of 2015 this year. Cameroon is once again the underdog in the group and this time it will have an uphill climb in France after a 1-0 loss to Canada to open Group E play Monday in Montpellier.
The only goal came just before halftime when Kadeisha Buchanan soared to the back post off a cross to head home the decisive goal at Stade de la Mosson.
Cameroon’s often prolific offense had some chances in the second half and could never quite equalize against Canada, one of the top teams in the field.
At the same time, Cameroon was more unimpressive than it was impressive.