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Müller on target in Cameroon stalemate

Just under two weeks ahead of their first group fixture at the World Cup finals in Brazil, Germany were held 2–2 by Cameroon in Mönchengladbach on Sunday in their penultimate warm-up match. Coach Joachim Löw’s side play their final pre-tournament friendly this Friday against Armenia in Mainz before setting off for South America.

All four goals at Borussia Park came in the second half. Veteran striker Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring after 62 minutes, but Thomas Müller (66) and André Schürrle (71) had the 41,250 crowd on their feet as the home side turned the game on its head. However, Mainz striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting levelled it up with 12 minutes to play. “We made life difficult for ourselves and didn’t exploit our chances the way we wanted to. There’s still work to be done. We have to be up for it on 16 June,” Müller said afterwards.

The striker was joined in the starting line-up by fellow Bayern trio Jérôme Boateng, Toni Kroos and Mario Götze. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger were all rested as they recover from injury but could feature against Armenia. Löw must supply his final 23-man squad list to world governing body FIFA on Monday.

The home side had the upper hand at the start with early chances for Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Götze, but the misses almost proved costly as the West Africans settled and began to impose their muscular style. The visitors not only neutralised Germany’s attacking efforts but almost took the lead when Benjamin Moukandjo broke through at the end of the first half, only for Neuer’s stand-in Roman Weidenfeller to save well.

With an hour played Eto'o rolled back the years with the opening goal: Weidenfeller initially parried the 33-year-old’s effort, but the striker kept his cool and netted the rebound. Müller and Schürrle looked to have secured a morale-boosting win for Löw’s men, but Choupo-Moting had other ideas and equalised with a fine solo effort.