Samuel Eto’o will play in his fourth World Cup finals after captaining his Cameroon side to a 4-1 win over Tunisia this afternoon.
The tie was evenly poised with the two sides having drawn 0-0 in the first leg last month, so Pierre Webo’s third-minute opener was instrumental in settling any nerves the Cameroonians might have had. The Fenerbahce striker capitalised on some indecisive Tunisian defending to fire home via the inside of the post.
The home side doubled their advantage on the half hour courtesy of a fine individual goal from Benjamin Moukandjo. Eto’o then flashed a shot over as Cameroon threatened to run away with the game. Our no.29 spent much of the first half playing in a deep role on the right-hand side of midfield, before moving across to the left in the second 45.
Tunisia had offered very little going forward but improved after the break and scored in the 50th minute through the substitute Ahmed Akaichi. Knowing they were just a goal away from qualifying for the World Cup the Tunisians threw men forward and there were nervous moments for the previously unruffled Indomitable Lions.
However Jean Makoun, the former Aston Villa midfielder, scored first from a corner and then from a rebound to put the tie beyond the Tunisians and seal what was ultimately a comfortable result.
Eto’o first appeared at a World Cup at the age of 17, in 1998, and also played for Cameroon at the 2002 and 2010 finals. He came out of international retirement earlier this year to help his nation book their place in Brazil next summer.