New Delhi: Favourites Cameroon gave a good account of themselves when they thrashed Nepal 5-0 in a Nehru Cup match here on Sunday. The African side are now placed second behind India in the points table with four points from two matches.
Kologny Vigny Merime and Ebanga Bertin each scored two goals, Momaso Joseph got the other goal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Placed 59th in the Fifa rankings, Cameroon have come into the tournament with a young but a spirited side. Displaying brilliant skills, they simply toyed with the Nepal defenders.
Nepal, on the other hand, looked a jaded lot. The Krishna Thapa-coached side hardly put up a fight.
Cameroon opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Merime. The move was initiated by Makon Thierry and Merime reached just in time to send the ball in with a powerful header.
Five minutes before the half time, the chinks in the Nepal defence were once again exposed. Ashu Tamble ran on the right flank before crossing the ball to an unmarked Bertin, who didn't fail to score.
The second half saw no change in the trend and Cameroon scored three more goals in the last half an hour. After Merime made it 3-0, Nepal goalkeeper Riteesh Thapa made a blunder, allowing a feeble Bertin shot to go through his hands.
Today's match: Syria vs Maldives (7pm).