Paraguay beats WCup team Cameroon 2-1 in friendly

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm •  Published: May 29, 2014
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KUFSTEIN, Austria (AP) — Cameroon slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Paraguay after resting several leading players in a World Cup warmup game on Thursday.

Midfielder Oscar Romero put Paraguay ahead in the fourth minute and Roque Santa Cruz added a second in the 68th.

Maxim Choupo-Moting pulled a goal back for Cameroon with 75th minute volley and striker Mohammadou Idrissou missed a chance to equalize in the 87th when his penalty was saved by Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto Junior Fernandez.

Cameroon coach Volker Finke, who has to cut his 28-man squad to 23 by Monday, left several regular starters out of the team for most of the game.

One of the key players missing was Pierre Webo, who hurt his left shoulder as he landed after an acrobatic bicycle kick that earned Cameroon the opening goal in its 2-0 win over Macedonia on Monday.

Webo later tweeted medical examinations had shown no severe injuries.

Cameroon dominated possession but lacked pace and accuracy to create chances until the final 20 minutes.

Romero put Paraguay in front when he converted a low cross by Ramon Coronel.

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