Onana keeps clean sheet on Cameroon return

Tuesday 12 September 2023 23:00

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana marked his return from international retirement with Cameroon by helping the Indomitable Lions secure a 3-0 victory over Burundi in African Cup of Nations qualifying.

After announcing his retirement following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the 27-year-old was recalled by Cameroon boss Rigobert Song for this month's internationals and played the whole game in Garoua on Tuesday.

Goals from Brentford forward Bryan Mbuemo, Rennes defender Christopher Wooh and Besiktas striker Vincent Aboubakar ensured the comfortable victory, as Cameroon confirmed their qualification for next year's African Cup of Nations.

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Andre and Rasmus have been named on prestigious shortlists for 2023 accolades at the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, England beat Scotland 3-1 in an international friendly at Hampden Park, with Reds' duo Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford both named in their respective nations starting XI's.

Goals from Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane made sure of the victory for the Three Lions, with United defender Harry Maguire introduced as a second-half substitute, before unfortunately putting the ball into his own net for the hosts only goal of the evening.

Fellow United defender Victor Lindelof was also in action, but Sweden lost 3-1 to Austria in Stockholm in Euro 2024 qualifying. A double from Marko Arnautovic and a further strike from Michael Gregoritsch helped Ralf Rangnick's side to victory, with former Red Marcel Sabitzer also involved.

Goalkeeper Altay Bayindir also featured as a second-half substitute during Turkey's 4-2 friendly defeat against Japan in Belgium.

The 25-year-old replaced Ugurcan Cakir with his nation already 3-1 down and while former Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak pulled a goal back to make it 3-2, Bayindir was beaten from the penalty spot as Junya Ito added Japan's fourth.

In Cairo, United midfielder Hannibal came on in the 82nd minute as Tunisia beat Egypt 3-1 in a friendly. Aissa Laidouni opened the scoring after just three minutes, before Hamdi Fathi's own goal put the visitors firmly in the driving seat.

Omar Kamal halved the deficit after 34 minutes but, after Hannibal and a raft of other substitutes had been introduced in the second half, Tunisia struck once more in the fifth minute of additional time, through Hamza Rafia, to put the result beyond any doubt.

In South America, Argentina made it two wins from two in 2026 World Cup qualifying, as Lionel Scaloni's side defeated Bolivia 3-0 away. Alejandro Garnacho came on for the world champions in the 85th minute, replacing one of their goalscorers, Nicolas Gonzalez, just moments after he had made it 3-0.

Gonzalez's effort sealed the victory for La Albiceleste, after Enzo Fernandez and Nicolas Tagliafico had given them a 2-0 lead at the break, either side of Bolivia defender Roberto Fernandez's 38th-minute red card. United defender Lisandro Martinez played no part in the match, as Scaloni continued to manage the 25-year-old's fitness.