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Cameroon suffered a big dent to their quest to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in the Asian nation of Qatar after they were beaten by hosts Ivory Coast in Abidjan. The 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts were terrorised by Ajax Amsterdam striker Sebastien Haller throughout their qualifying clash with the Ivorians on Monday.

Ex-West Ham United attacker Haller was a thorn in the flesh of Cameroon as he scored a first half braceto give Ivory Coast a priceless three points via a 2-1 win. Haller scored two goals within nine first half minutes to establish a two-goal lead for Ivory Coast.

Cameroon went behind on 20 minutes thanks to the spot kick from Haller before he scored his second goal on 29 minutes. MoumiNgamaleu pulled one back for the away side from the penalty spot just after the hour mark to set up a tantalising last half hour. In the end, Ivory Coast held on to secure the big win at the expense of Cameroon.

The win over Cameroon in Group D of the African qualifiers (second round) took Ivory Coast ahead of their latest opponents at the top of the standings. The Ivorians have four points from their first two games in the group after their opening game ended in a goalless draw with hosts Mozambique in Maputo on Friday.

On their part, the Cameroonians have three points from two games in Group D after a return of one win and one defeat. They started their group campaign with a 2-0 win at home to Malawi thanks to the goals from Vincent Aboubakar and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui in the first half.

Mozambique are third in Group D with one point, while Malawi are bottom with zero point. Malawi will have the chance to win points when they take on Mozambique in Johannesburg on Tuesday in the second Group D game for the two countries.