Cameroon maintained their hopes of reaching the round of 16 of the World Cup as they fought back two goals to draw against Serbia in Group G with six goals.
Cameroon took the lead thanks to Jean-Charles Castelletto, but Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic responded to give Serbia the lead in the first half.
Aleksandar Mitrović added third place for Serbia and they seemed to be heading for a win that would put them in a strong position to advance from the group.
However, the Indomitable Lions bounced back thanks to a superb cross from Vincent Abubakar and an equalizer from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting three minutes later.
Mitrovic had a chance to regain his side’s lead, but the Fulham striker landed a well-placed shot in the closing moments after being guided to goal by Dusan Tadić.
Both teams lost their first match, so this result leaves them two points behind second-placed Switzerland. lost 1-0 to group leaders Brazil later on Monday.
Both Serbia and Cameroon need to win their latest games against Switzerland and Brazil respectively to keep their qualifying hopes alive.
In arguably the most spectacular game of the tournament so far, Serbia got off to a strong start, with Mitrovic twice coming close to putting his team ahead.
He hit the post and then landed a well-placed shot after the ball graciously landed on him in the box as Serbia went all out.
However, Cameroon took the lead despite the course of the game when Nicolas N’Koulou took a corner and Castelletto scored his first international goal from close range.
However, Serbia did not panic and turned the game on its head in stoppage time of the first half.
Pavlović scored Serbia’s first World Cup goal in 335 minutes of play before Milinković-Savic beat Cameroon goalkeeper Davis Epassi with a low kick.
When Mitrovic completed a brilliant Serbian pass to give them a two-goal margin, Dragan Stojkovic’s team seemed to be heading for a comfortable victory.
However, substitute Abubakar gave Cameroon hope when he pulled ahead and, perhaps thinking he was offside, shot wide of a defender and carelessly intercepted the ball over Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, scoring one of the best goals of the tournament.
Three minutes later, the striker again knocked offside, but this time equalized the ball from close range with former Stoke City striker Choupo-Moting.
While Cameroon looked dangerous as they raced for victory, it was Mitrović who had the best chance of snatching the victory, but he spun wide as Serbia were left to regret their inability to complete the match.
The defeat would have left Cameroon relying on Switzerland to beat Brazil to avoid relegation with a spare leg.
Instead, Rigobert Song’s team remains hopeful of making it out of the group stage for the first time since 1990, although their last game will be a tough one against Brazil.