World Cup: Mighty Germany fail to fire against Cameroon
Germany and France could only draw as Belgium defeats Sweden
Germany could only draw 2-2 with fellow World Cup qualifier Cameroon in the latest series of international friendlies last Sunday.
All four goals came in the an exciting second half as Cameroon came so close to shocking Germans at Berlin's Olympic stadium, reported AFP.
Cameroon took the lead when Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o scored in the 62nd minute. He celebrated with the same "old man" pose which he first did in the just concluded Premier League, in response to Jose Mourinho saying that he is no longer potent because of his age.
The old man celebration
Germany later equalised via Thomas Mueller in the 66th minute.
They took the lead in the 71th minute through Andre Schuerrle before Cameroon's left wing Eric Choupo-Moing equalised for the Africans.
Understandably, Germany's coach was less than impressed by his side's performance.
“On the one hand they were a good opponent and a real test of our endurance,” said Loew.
“But you could see that the freshness was missing from our game. Our passing game was not good and we made many, many mistakes."
France draw against Paraguay
In rainy Cote d'Azur, France could not give their home fans anything to cheer for as the South Americans came from behind to record a 1-1 draw.
Antoine Griezman might have got the crowd cheering when his 82nd minute curler went into the goal ...
And the crowd goes wild!
... but Victor Caceres silenced the crowd when he equalised with his header in the 89th minute.
And the crowd goes silent.
Belgium marches on
The Belgians further underscored their credentials ahead of the World Cup by beating a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-less Sweden 2-0.
Belgian goal scorers were Marc Wilmots and Eden Hazard who both scored a goal each.
This comes after their 5-1 drubbing of Luxembourg last week, and further proves the Belgians are one of the favourites to emerge from their World Cup group of Algeria, Russia and South Korea.
Source: AFP, YouTube