Down by 0 – 1 and with their destiny in their own hands Cameroon midfielder Alexander Song decided to elbow attacker Mario Mandzukic in the back after bumping into him while not looking where he was going and Portuguese referee Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garciasent him off appropriately for his misconduct. .
To many a soccer fan the question will be, why did Song did so? But to the followers of the game, perhaps it was a sheer tradition continues for the Song family getting sent off in World Cup matches as his uncle, Rigobert Song saw red card in the US 94 and France 98 World Cups.
With the Indomitable Lions down to 10 men, the Croats came back more strongly in the second half and went on to extend their lead with three more goals — including two from Mandzukic and his achy back to win by 4 – 0.
Cameroon became the third team to be eliminated from the 2014 World Cup after 2010 Champions Spain and Australia.
As if that was not enough Cameroon suffered another odd lashing out close to the end of the match when defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto angrily head nudged his own teammate, Benjamin Moukandjo.
Ekotto’s behavior was total out of FIFA’s code of conduct but not entirely out of character for the temperamental defender. He was however lucky the incident went unnoticed by the referee. It took intervention of his colleagues to separate the two.
Cameroon’s final match with host Brazil has now become a mere formality but the Africans may try to steal a point to cool their angry supporters back home.