All Whites hold Cameroon

Tough fight ... Cameroon goalscorer Christ Mbondi battles with Nick Branch (Getty)

New Zealand secured an unexpected 1-1 draw against Cameroon in their opening Group B game of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

Serge Tchaha headed into his own net to give the All Whites an equaliser after Christ Mbondi fired the Indomitable Lions ahead on 32 minutes.

The Africans dominated the match with 61 per cent of the possession and 23 shots, and were denied early on when Franck Ohandza hit the post from close-range.

Ohandza was involved again when he was brought down in the box by New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

Mbondi's resulting spot-kick was saved, but the forward was quick enough to pounce and slot home the rebound.

Just seven minutes later, the Kiwis got a lucky break when Tchaha headed into his own net after wrong-footing his own goalkeeper Jean Efala.

It was all one-way action in the second-half as Cameroon squandered at least four good chances.

Banana Yaya and Ohandza missed headers from corners and again Ohandza missed with a shot that drifted just wide in the 73rd minute.

Marinovic was thankful in the final moments when Mbondi fired straight into his arms, after some good lead up work by the Cameroonian to beat two defenders and work his way into the New Zealand box.

The two teams will return to action on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST), when New Zealand takes on Uruguay and Cameroon faces Portugal.

Source SBS