2022 World Cup qualifiers: Choupo-Moting double powers Cameroon to victory as Ivory Coast thrash Malawi

Bayern Munich striker Eric Choupo-Moting scored a brace as Cameroon defeated Mozambique 3-1 in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying match on Friday.

Choupo-Moting found the target in each half of the encounter before Lyon star Karl Toko Ekambi brought his goalscoring form from the Ligue 1 to the Indomitable Lions’ camp to seal their victory in the 63rd minute. 

Following their 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in September, Cameroon bounced back in style with the Bayern Star breaking the deadlock at the Stade Omnisports in the 28th minute.

The goal separated both teams at the break and six minutes after the restart, Choupo-Moting made it 2-0 for the hosts.

The lead was later extended by Toko Ekambi, however, goalkeeper Devis Epassy Mboka could not keep a clean sheet as Mozambique pulled a goal back through Sporting Lisbon midfielder Geny in the 80th minute.

With two minutes left on the clock, the visitors were reduced to 10 men as second-half substitute Danilo was given a straight red card.

The victory gave Cameroon six points after three matches in Group D while Mozambique suffered their second straight loss and they picked up just a point so far.

In South Africa, Ivory Coast put in a commanding display to defeat hosts Malawi 3-0 in the other group fixture.

Max Gradel opened the scoring in the 35th minute and two goals from PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare and Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga wrapped up their unbeaten streak in Group D.

The Elephants remain at the summit of the group with seven points from three outings while Malawi are Thies in the table with three points.

Patrice Beaumelle’s men will host Malawi for the return fixture on Monday while Mozambique are scheduled to face Cameroon in Morocco the same day.

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