Cameroon defeated five-time champions Brazil with a historic late victory thanks to Vincent Aboubakar’s header, but the African team was unable to advance to the round of 16 of the World Cup.
Cameroon knew going into the game that they needed to defeat Brazil in order to maintain their chances of making it to the knockout rounds, and they upheld their half of the deal thanks to their captain Aboubakar, who was dismissed for his post-win celebrations. Regardless of their outcome against Brazil, Cameroon was unable to gain enough ground in Group G to go to the next round due to Switzerland’s victory against Serbia.
Cameroon 1-0 Brazil
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Due to their superior goal differential against Switzerland, the South Americans were able to retain their group-top position, and as a result, they will meet South Korea on Monday night for a spot in the quarterfinals. With qualification from Group G already guaranteed, manager Tite made nine changes to Brazil’s starting lineup, which undoubtedly increased Cameroon’s chances of pulling off an upset.
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However, with players like Ederson, Fabinho, and Gabriel Martinelli on the team, Brazil was still a team full of talent, and they dominated the game at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. But the Selecao consistently missed opportunities throughout the game, whether it was because of the line-up changes that affected their fluidity or a sense of complacency that set in after securing a spot in the knockout rounds.
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Devis Epassy made many excellent saves in goal against Arsenal’s Martinelli, while Eder Militao, Bremer, and Bruno Guimaraes all had close-range shots blocked by frantic Cameroon defending. Despite having 21 shots and 2.25 predicted goals at the end of the game, Brazil was unable to overcome Cameroon, who had their own close calls when Ederson saved Bryan Mbeumo’s header in first-half injury time.
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Aboubakar, who had been recalled to the team after his goal and an assist helped Brazil draw a match against Serbia, nodded in a late winner before receiving a second yellow card for taking off his shirt during the wild celebrations, helped Rigobert Song’s team finally punish their opponents for their carelessness. Brazil was lucky that Switzerland was unable to extend their lead over Serbia and surpass them to win the group in order for Guimaraes to miss two more golden opportunities to save a point for them.
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Cameroon finished their World Cup campaign in third place in Group G with four points, as their victory was insufficient to advance them to the round of 16. Brazil and Switzerland both finished the group stage with six points, which allowed Brazil to maintain its lead because it had a better goal differential than Switzerland. Serbia finished last with just one point after losing to the Swiss 3-2.
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