Cameroon fell 3-0 to USA and collected two red cards while at in their U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018 opener on Wednesday.
Following Ghana’s and South Africa’s decent start, all eyes were on Cameroon to keep the momentum going.
They seemed destined to do that as they controlled much of the play in the opening quarter hour.
But it was the North Americans who broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute through Mia Fishel.
Fishel profited from a referring decision that allowed for the game to play on despite Cameroon having a defender down in the box.
This ensured Fishel remained onside to score off a rebound after her initial effort was denied by the post.
The referee seemingly had a hand in the second goal as well when the Cameroon goalkeeper Christemilie Onomo fouled Maya Dorms to see red right before the break.
USA were handed a penalty kick for the foul that appeared to have happened a yard outside of the box.
Sunshine Fontes, USA’s all-time leading scorer at U-17 level, converted from the spot for her first of the game.
Cameroon commenced the second half like they had the first, despite being a player down, forcing the USA custodian Angelina Anderson to make a series of saves.
But like in the first stanza, it is the Americans who would find the back of the net with Fontes chipping a splendid ball from 30 yards out in the 81st minute.
A minute later, Claudia Dabda was sent off after collecting a second yellow resulting in Cameroon playing with nine for the reminder of the match.
Scorers: USA: Fishel 22’, Fontes 45+5’(pen) 81’.
Player of the Match: Sunshine Fontes
Germany v Cameroon
Saturday, 17 November
8pm GMT, SuperSport