African Cup: Cameroon beat Congo

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Samuel Eto'o scored for the third straight game to lead Cameroon to a 2-0 win over Congo.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Samuel Eto'o scored for the third straight game to lead Cameroon to a 2-0 win over Congo that put the loser into the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations. Chelsea midfielder Geremi put already-qualified Cameroon ahead in the 31st with a fierce shot from a free kick. Eto'o's tournament tally reached five a minute later when his shot hit the post and bounced off goalkeeper Pascal Kalemba into the net. Congo ended the game with 10 players when Gladys Bokese was sent off for kicking Pierre Achille Webo. However, it hung onto second place in Group B on goal difference from Angola, which beat Togo 3-2. Webo almost put the Simbas out in the 81st when he volleyed against the bar. That would have put Angola through. Barcelona striker Eto'o started the game in front of about 10,000 fans at Cairo Military Stadium, even though coach Arthur Jorge rested several key players. The match was also watched by members of the Egypt team, who will play the Congo in the quarterfinals. Congo was without talented midfielder Tresor Mputu, who was suspended after being sent off in Congo's last game for kicking an Angolan between the legs, and set out to thwart its opponent in midfield. It’s best early chance came in the 26th, when Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni spilled the ball, but Blaise Mbele's angle was too sharp and he failed to finish. Cameroon kept their opponents pinned down after the break, and Kalemba was lucky to escape with a yellow card in the 67th when he raced out to confront Pierre Achille Webo. (AP)