Cameroon gave up a first-half lead to draw 1-1 with Cape Verde Islands, but the hosts still finished top of Group A in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Captain Vincent Aboubakar scored his fifth goal of the tournament to put Cameroon in the lead in the 39th minute, before half-time substitute Garry Rodrigues equalised in the 53rd minute.
Rodrigues’ audacious back-flick ensured Cape Verde finished with four points in third place in the standings. They are likely to advance as one of four best third-placed finishers.
Rodrigues had been a surprise omission from the starting line-up but underlined his ability soon after coming on.
Aboubakar’s left-footed shot after a botched clearance from the Cape Verdians followed his double scored in each of the opening two matches.
But Cameroon were unable to end the group phase with three victories, which had been their ambition.
“It was a difficult opponent who made things tough for us,” Aboubakar said after the game.