Cameroon’s path to an­other World Cup upset run gets trick­ier with open­ing loss to Canada

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS -

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.

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