African World Cup qualifying

Full text commentary on the second leg of the vital African World Cup play-off between Cameroon and Tunisia.

17 November 2013 Last updated at 13:40

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  1. 1605: 

    Well, many thanks for joining us today. Cameroon have become the third African nation to qualify for next year's finals in Brazil, after Nigeria and Ivory Coast on Saturday, so congratulations to the Indomitable Lions, whose natural habitat seems to be the World Cup.

    In what will surely be Samuel Eto'o's last World Cup, can the Cameroonian captain finally emulate the feats of his childhood hero Roger Milla by leading his team into the quarter-finals?

    Roger Milla

    With Tunisia crashing out, Algeria are now the main hopes for North African representation at the finals - and they host Burkina Faso on Tuesday, looking to overturn a 3-2 deficit. Meanwhile, Egypt will pull off one of the great sporting comebacks should they recover from a 6-1 humiliation in Ghana last month.

    Join us again on Tuesday, when Ian Hughes will bring you all the details of those two massive games.

    Goodbye - and let the Cameroonian celebrations begin. As I seem to recall, footballing success there can make fans behave in strange ways. After winning Olympic gold in 2000, there were reports of supporters walking the streets naked in celebration.

  2. 1600: 

    Olatunji Olafasakin: "#bbc2014 I agree with Ejim. Cape Verde would have qualified for the World Cup at the expense of Cameroon."

    Austin Bobmanuel: "Cameroonians will be overjoyed. They have been away from the big stage for so long. #bbc2014"

    Meanwhile, the texts to +44 7786 205 075 are still coming in.

    Stanley, Aberdeen, Scotland: "Just wondering how Tunisia managed to get this far. Awful, awful performance."

    Bashira in Ghana: "Sublime text commentary. Enjoyed it - cheers."

  3. 1555: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Cameroon 4-1 Tunisia (4-1 on aggregate)

    Hugs all around for Cameroon's players, officials and fans as the Indomitable Lions reach their sixth World Cup from their last seven qualifying attempts. Eto'o leads the celebrations following an afternoon when nearly everything went right for the hosts. Tunisia can have few complaints after being well beaten.

  4. 1554: 
    FULL-TIME- CAMEROON QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP
  5. 1552: 

    1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 ... and now 2014 are the years that make Cameroon the record holders for African World Cup appearances. The big question now is whether they can reach the knock-out stages for the first time since Italy 1990 next year?

  6. 1549: 
    INJURY TIME

    There will FOUR minutes of additional time. Cameroon's dug-out prepare to celebrate...

  7. 1548: 

    Delight for Cameroon who have weathered Tunisia's bright spell before slamming the door shut on any potential comeback. As I write, Akaichi misses a very presentable opportunity but in truth, the visitors have not done enough today. They are set to miss out on their second World Cup in a row, and how they must regret all those missed chances and brilliant saves by Itandje in the first leg.

  8. 1545: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 4-1 Tunisia (4-1 on aggregate)

    Cameroon are at the World Cup - and how Jean Makoun must have enjoyed that. After Ben Cherifia tips a Choupo-Moting strike against the post, the Rennes man picks up the rebound eight yards out, coolly checks inside to leave the goalkeeper and another defender going the wrong way before steering the ball into an empty net to spark a huge outpouring of celebration in Yaounde.

  9. 1543: 

    Makoun has the change to make it 4-1 as he springs the offside trap. He unselfishly tries to tee up Choupo-Moting for an open goal but Syam Ben Youssef is alert to the danger. Meanwhile, Tunisia's coaching staff are furious with the officials and are being led back to their dug-outs. Frustration spilling over.

  10. 1542: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Cameroon make their final change as Moukandjo's lively afternoon is over. He missed a glorious opportunity just moments ago but his first-half goal to make it 2-0 provided the platform on which Cameroon's seemingly-imminent World Cup qualification is being built. Landry Nguemo comes on for the final six-and-a-half minutes.

  11. 1540: 

    10 minutes to go...

  12. 1539: 

    After a short break in play as Moukandjo receives treatment, we are back under way. On the touchline, Krol continues to frantically issue instructions. His team need a goal - and they need it now. There's then the small matter of having to score again as well. They win a corner, now can they use it? No, they can't.

  13. 1536: 

    Tunisia are struggling to make any impact in the final third at the moment, with that third goal having seemingly nullified their belief. No such problems for Cameroon who sweep the length of the pitch after Alex Song breaks up a rare Tunisian foray forward, with the Lions working the ball to Choupo-Moting whose low strike is comfortably gathered by Ben Cherifia. Choupo-Moting has made a difference since coming on.

  14. 1532: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Ruud Krol is still shuffling his pack. Forward Sami Allagui is on for Wissem Ben Yahi as the Carthage Eagles chase the two goals they need - with just over quarter of an hour remaining.

  15. 1530: 
    CLOSE!

    That should have been 4-1 and game over. Tunisia fail to clear the lines and Moukandjo is left all alone - but can only sidefoot at Ben Cherifia, who makes a solid save. The ball spills back to the goalscorer from the first half who shanks it wide. Big chance - and Tunisia escape.

  16. 1530: 

    Daniel Grint: "I hope Cameroon qualify and dig out their skin-tight kit from previous years - just to annoy Sepp Blatter #bbc2014"

    Tokunbo: "3-1, hopefully job done! #bbc2014"

  17. 1529: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Cameroon make another change. Stephane Mbia, the former QPR player who filled in at right-back today, is replaced by Dany Nounkeu.

  18. 1525: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 3-1 Tunisia (3-1 on aggregate)

    The warning sign had been there just a minute earlier, yet no one picked up Jean Makoun who had a free run before heading home the goal that surely seals this tie. Neither Ben Cherifia nor a defender on the line could come close to an effort that powered into the net. A sense of relief sweeps over Yaounde's national stadium - and Cameroon have a two-goal cushion once again.

  19. 1524: 

    Choupo-Moting is right into the action, dribbling into the box before going down far too easily and then winning another Cameroon corner - which Tunisia do not clear!

  20. 1522: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Tunisia goalkeeper Ben Cherifia is mightily relieved to see the ball clip the top of the bar after one of his defenders inadvertently guides the ball goalwards from a corner. Cameroon fighting back.

  21. 1521: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Cameroon coach Finker reacts to Tunisia's goal by making a change. Veteran Webo, who has had little impact on the Tunisia since opening the scoring after just a few minutes, is replaced by relative youngster Eric Choupo-Moting.

  22. 1521: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    As you might expect, Tunisia have extra bit in the tackle and that crucial extra belief. Tunisia claim a penalty after Assou-Ekotto nudges Fakhreddine Ben Youssef off the ball as they chase towards the goalline. Did Ben Youssef go down too easily?

  23. 1517: 

    Cameroon have suffered greatly since appearing at the 2010 World Cup, where the Indomitable Lions were bitterly disappointing - becoming the first team to exit the finals. Having failed to make either the 2012 or 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, what sort of a blow would it be if they were to throw away a two-goal lead?

  24. 1516: 

    Iregbenu Paul: "#bbc2014 It seems I foresaw this goal. Cameroon looked relaxed but now uneasy. Many minutes yet to be played."

    To be fair to Iregbenu, he had tweeted us earlier to say that he hoped the Indomitable Lions did not switch off in the second half. They certainly cannot afford to now.

    Ejim Tony: "Tunisia are paying the price for leapfrogging Cape Verde through the backdoor. They will not survive this. #bbc2014"

    Do you agree with Ejim? Don't forget to tweet using the hashtag #bbc2014 or text us on +44 7786 205 075.

  25. 1514: 

    There is a long way to go still in this game - 35 minutes still left...

  26. 1511: 

    So, in the blink of an eye, it all changes. How will that goal affect Cameroon? And how much of a lift will Tunisia take? It really was expertly taken and the Carthage Eagles need just one more goal to qualify on the away goals ruling. A reminder that the first leg in Tunisia ended goalless last month.

  27. 1509: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 2-1 Tunisia (2-1 on aggregate)

    Game on. What a finish from Ahmed Akaichi, just five minutes after the Esperance player came on. The substitute latches onto a fine ball over the centre of Cameroon's defence and on the edge of the D, he controls a sweet volley that does not hit the floor before flying past Itandje's left hand.

  28. 1509: 

    So ... Fabien Camus. He is playing for Tunisia just three days after obtaining Tunisian nationality. Born in France and previously holding French nationality, the Genk player only received a Tunisian passport after Prime Minister Ali Larayedh signed documents to enable this on Thursday. It is unclear whether he has received clearance from world governing body Fifa to actually represent Tunisia, and the BBC will bring further details on that when we know more.

  29. 1503: 
    KICK-OFF

    The teams are back out on the pitch, and Tunisia have made changes.; Striker Ahmed Akaichi is on, as is Fabien Camus. More on him in a moment. Cameroon kick us off, with Brazil now just 45 minutes away.

  30. 1502: 

    Vinod in Singapore has texted to ask: "Have we had a World Cup where all African nations that qualified were sub-Saharan?"

    The short answer to that is not really - unless you count the 1974 World Cup when only Zaire, now DR Congo, qualified. At that time, there was just one African representative at the World Cup but even when that tally has increased, resulting in the five of 1998, there has never been a World Cup without North African representation.

  31. 1453: 

    DuggaV: "#bbc2014 With Cameroon showing off, the best of Africa will be in Brazil."

    Tokunbo: "I hope Cameroon play the second half as focussed as they did in the first half. #bbc2014"

    Meanwhile, many of you have been texting us on +44 7786 205 075.

    Rene: "This is the sort of football we know from Cameroon. If they keep politics and team differences out of it, they will go a long way in Brazil. Allez les Lions."

    Jonnie Blaz: "The cream always rises to the top, and this has been demonstrated by the giants of African football: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and probably Cameroon."

  32. 1452: 

    The visitors' plight is not helped by the knowledge that Cameroon have conceded just once from their three 2014 World Cup home qualifiers so far, with only Togo managing to breach the Indomitable Lions' defence on home soil.

  33. 1448: 
    HALF-TIME- Cameroon 2-0 Tunisia (2-0 on aggregate)

    A perfect first half for Cameroon comes to a close, with the Indomitable Lions on course for a record seventh African appearance at the World Cup thanks to goals from Webo and Moukandjo. It's fair to say that Tunisia could have done better with both and new coach Ruud Krol, who was drafted in a short notice ahead of last month's first leg, has a massive teamtalk to deliver if he is to engineer an unlikely turnaround.

  34. 1447: 
    INJURY TIME

    There will be just the ONE additional minute of time at the end of the first half.

  35. 1446: 

    Infostrada: "Last time #Cameroon won a World Cup qualifier by 2+ goals was four years ago - 2-0 at Morocco."

  36. 1442: 

    As they struggle with the enormity of the challenge, Tunisia can take heart from knowing that they have scored in all their 2014 World Cup qualifiers away from home so far. However, the opposition was of a different standard - winning 2-1 in Cape Verde, drawing 2-2 in Sierra Leone and having to also settle for a point with a 1-1 draw in Equatorial Guinea. But a draw would be enough today...

  37. 1441: 

    Glorious opportunity for Tunisia to halve the deficit. Ben Yahia swings in a free-kick from the right-hand side which finds an unmarked Syam Ben Youssef at the back post but he heads over with the goal at his mercy. Could be a vital miss.

  38. 1440: 

    Eto'o tries to make it three as he lets fly with a left-footed strike that blazes over the bar.

  39. 1436: 

    Tunisia now have a mountain to climb, needing two goals in just under an hour to reach Brazil (while obviously conceding no more). They have half a chance from a well-taken corner but no white-shirted head can connect with a decent ball in.

  40. 1432: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 2-0 Tunisia (2-0 on aggregate)

    We were talking about Moukandjo's driving run just a moment ago and this time, he repeats the feat with even more effect. The midfielder surges forward from the left flank, haring straight for goal, before placing a low right-footed strike that leaves Ben Cherifia clutching at thin air with a desperate dive. He earns a yellow card for his celebration, which saw him lose his shirt in the crowd. He doesn't look as though he's too troubled.

  41. 1429: 

    Aliaka has texted us on +44 7786 205075. "As expected, Cameroon has got the required goal - this is the gateway (to Brazil)."

  42. 1428: 

    Benjamin Moukandjo, an unused substitute in the first leg, surges to the goalline and wins a corner after a forceful run down the left flank. Ben Cherifia punches the resulting corner clear but Cameroon continue to probe until Tunisia settle it down in midfield.

  43. 1425: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Pierre Webo desperately appeals for a penalty, claiming that Ben Youssef handled. If he did, there seemed to be no intention whatsoever from the Tunisian centre half as he attempted to clear a lofted ball into the Carthage Eagles' area.

  44. 1424: 

    It's all Cameroon at the moment, with Tunisia happy to sit back, soak up the pressure and seemingly target that all-important goal on the counter-attack.

  45. 1420: 

    The goals changes the complexion little for the visitors. Yes, they know that the game can no longer go beyond 90 minutes - but they still know that one goal may be enough to take them through.

  46. 1418: 

    The conditions seems perfect in Yaounde, where the sun is shining. Cameroon are on the front foot in these opening stages, as Assou-Ekotto lets fly from 30 yards, hitting a low strike that bounces in front of Ben Cherifia - the Tunisian goalkeeper crouching to punch clear.

  47. 1406: 
    GOAL- Cameroon 1-0 Tunisia

    The Indomitable Lions finally make the breakthrough in this tie, and it's Pierre Webo who scores the vital goal. The perfect start for Cameroon following a defensive mix-up by the Tunisians, which allows Webo to fire across goal - with the ball hitting the post before bouncing in.

  48. 1405: 

    In case you were wondering what it means for Cameroon to get to the World Cup, midfielder Enoh Eyong had a very succinct answer when the question was put to him by the BBC this week. "That's like asking a hungry man what it means to eat."

  49. 1402: 

    We are underway in Yaounde, where the visitors must overcome a hostile atmosphere if they are to make it through.

  50. 1359: 
    John Bennett, BBC World Service

    "Teams are out - Massive noise, brass band being drowned out... Eto'o pumps his fist as he leads Cameroon. A nation expects."

  51. 1358: 
    LINE-UPS

    CAMEROON: Charles Itandje, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Nicolas Nkoulou, Aurelien Chedjou, Benjamin Moukandjo, Alex Song, Enoy Eyong, Jean Makoun, Stephane Mbia, Samuel Eto'o, Pierre Webo

    TUNISIA: Moez Ben Cherifia, Sameh Derbaly, Karim Haggui, Syam Ben Youssef, Fakhreddin Ben Youssef, Houcine Ragued, Yassine Chikhaoui, Wissem Ben Yahia, Yassin Mikari, Saber Khalifa, Amine Chermiti

  52. 1354: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Team line-ups to follow, but both coaches have made changes.

    Cameroon coach Volke Finker has handed a recall to former outcast Benoit Assou-Ekotto, while also bringing in Benjamin Moudandjo and Stephane Mbia.

    Tunisia coach Ruud Krol makes just the two changes, recalling Karim Haggui and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

  53. 1348: 

    This is not just any old battle but one between two African sides who have real history at the World Cup. In 1978, Tunisia were the first team from the continent to ever win a match at the finals, when beating Mexico 3-1. 12 years later, Roger Milla entranced the planet as he fired Cameroon to the last eight, where they were narrowly defeated by England after extra-time.

    The Indomitable Lions are seeking a record seventh World Cup qualification while the Carthage Eagles have been at the World Cup four times - but missed out on South Africa 2010.

  54. 1345: 

    After Nigeria and Ivory Coast made it through on Saturday, all eyes now turn to Yaounde where Cameroon host Tunisia. Last month's first leg in Rades ended goalless, largely thanks to a stunning goalkeeping display from Indomitable Lions' Charles Itandje. He will be hoping for more of the same today, especially with the Carthage Eagles knowing that a score draw will take them through.

    Everything to play for then, and kick-off is in 15 minutes.

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