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Ana Maria Crnogorcevic 24
Gabrielle Onguene 47, Madeleine Ngono Mani 62
Switzerland named two changes from the team that had beaten Ecuador, with Selina Kuster and Lara Dickenmann replacing captain Caroline Abbe and Eseosa Aigbogun.
Cameroon made four changes from the side that lost to Japan. Augustine Ejangue, Aurelle Awona, Francine Zouga and Ajara Nchout replacing Yvonne Leuko, Cathy Bou Ndjouh, Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck and Madeleine Ngono Mani.
Cameroon created the first chance of the game, but Gaelle Enganamouit’s shot was a simple save for Gaelle Thalmann.
Switzerland came close to scoring when Martina Moser’s free-kick picked out Ramona Bachmann but her weak contact forced the shot to go wide of the near post.
But it was Cameroon who were on top. Augustine Ejangue’s pass picked out Raissa Feudjio in the box, who turned but shot wide. And then Francine Zouga’s corner picked out Christine Manie who headed narrowly wide of the near post.
Some good fortune nearly led to a Switzerland goal, as the ball cannoned off two Cameroon defenders and into the path of Bachmann who dribbled into the box, but her shot was superbly parried by Annette Ngo Ndom and the ball span wide of the left post.
And then they did take the lead. Lara Dickenmann’s reverse pass sent Bachmann down the left, and she cut the ball back into the box and a deflection set it up nicely for Ana Maria Crnogorcevic to place the ball past the keeper.
They nearly doubled their lead minutes later. Crnogorcevic’s cross picked out Dickenmann at the far post, who teed up Fabienne Humm but she failed to hit the target.
Switzerland kept on pressing for the second goal before the break. Noelle Martiz’s cross picked out Bachmann whose header was brilliantly saved low down by Ngo Ndom. A long throw sent Bachmann into the box, she beat a defender but at the key moment scuffed her shot. And then Humm’s curling shot was caught by Ngo Ndom.
Cameroon equalised with the first chance of the second half. Feudjio was trying to win a corner, but made room to play a diagonal pass into the box. Gaelle Enganamouit dummied a shot, and the ball reached Gabrielle Onguene who controlled the ball, before placing it into the bottom-left corner with a calm strike.
Switzerland had a couple of chances soon after to retake the lead. Moser shot wide from a 30-yard free-kick, before Bachmann shot over from inside the box.
But soon, Cameroon started to control the game. Claudine Meffometou Tcheno’s cross picked out Onguene whose effort curled just wide of the far post. And from a Zouga corner, Madeline Ngono Mani headed over.
Then Cameroon did take the lead. Onguene’s superb run saw her break into the box and, at the byline, she crossed the ball to Ngono Mani who headed the ball into the far corner.
Only an incredible defensive block stopped them getting a third. Onguene’s cross found its way to Zouga whose shot was going in, only to be denied by Vanessa Bernauer’s last gasp block. More great defending denied Cameroon as Enganamouit broke into the box and her pass to Onguene at the far post was just diverted from her path by Thalmann’s fingertips.
Switzerland had a couple of chances late on, with Moser’s free-kick finding Crnogorcevic who shot wide, and then Bachmann’s long-range effort failing to trouble Ngo Ndom.
But Cameroon held on to claim the three points that sees them reach the knockout round, making sure Africa is represented in the Last 16.
Gabrielle Onguene – Cameroon
Switzerland: (4-4-2) Gaelle Thalmann, Noelle Martiz, Lia Waelti, Selina Kuster, Rachel Rinast, Ramona Bachmann, Martina Moser (c), Rahel Kiwic (Vanessa Bernauer 65), Lara Dickenmann (Nicole Remund 80), Fabienne Humm (Eseosa Aigbogun 69), Ana Maria Crnogorcevic.
Goal: Ana Maria Crnogorcevic 24.
Booked: Lia Waelti 82.
Cameroon: (4-2-3-1) Annette Ngo Ndom, Augustine Ejangue, Aurelie Awona, Christine Manie (c), Claudine Meffometou Tcheno, Raissa Feudjio, Jeannette Yango, Gabrielle Onguene (Henriette Akaka 90+2), Francine Zouga (Agathe Nani 87), Ajara Nchout (Madeleine Ngono Mani 57), Gaelle Enganamouit.
Goals: Gabrielle Onguene 47, Madeleine Ngono Mani 62.
Booked: Raissa Feudjio 19, Ajara Nchout 35, Meffometou Tcheno 68, Gaelle Enganamouit 90+2.