World Cup 2022 – Cameroon 1-0 Brazil: Cameroon out despite win over Brazil

Cameroon defeated a Brazil side resting many regulars but still saw their World Cup campaign come to an end after an entertaining encounter at the Lusail Stadium.

Vincent Aboubakar headed home the winner in stoppage time, but his joy quickly turned to disappointment as he was shown a second yellow card for taking off his shirt.

Cameroon acquitted themselves well throughout as Brian Buehmo brought a fine save from Manchester City’s Ederson to replace Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, but Switzerland’s win over Serbia ended the African side’s chances of reaching at 16.

With his side already qualified after their opening two games, Brazil manager Tite made 10 changes and Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli seized the opportunity to impress with a superb display in which he was denied on numerous occasions by the Cameroon goalkeeper, Davis Epassi.

The pre-tournament favorites finished top of Group G despite the defeat and now meet South Korea in the knockout stage after their dramatic win over Portugal saw them overcome Uruguay, who beat Ghana, with goal.

Brazil on cruise control

Brazil were in their comfort zone after winning their groups against Serbia and Switzerland, giving coach Tite the chance to shuffle his strong squad while showing the range of resources at his disposal.

They may have lost that game, but with qualification assured, Tite may not be too disappointed by the defeat as it did no damage to their group standings, and now has fresh legs for the start of the knockout stages.

Arsenal’s 21-year-old Martinelli was Brazil’s standout player, with Cameroon goalkeeper Paci making good saves from an early header and a shot destined for the top corner in the second half.

Martinelli’s tireless running combined with quality proved a thorn in Cameroon’s side and made an eloquent case for his inclusion should Tite wish to make changes as the World Cup progresses.

Brazil have shown enough in their two wins to justify pre-tournament optimism about their chances – they will now hope that Neymar, who cheered the fans with his team-mates on the pitch after the final whistle, can recovered from the ankle injury suffered in Serbia in time to make his expected contribution.

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Cameroon bow in style

Cameroon may be out of the World Cup, but Rigobert Song’s side certainly added the quality and excitement that marked the group stage here in Qatar.

Brazil had most of the chances at the Lusail Stadium but Cameroon were always in the game and a threat, which was realized when the extroverted Aboubakar headed past Ederson nine minutes from time.

He paid the price for tearing his shirt in celebration as referee Ismail Elfath almost apologetically issued a second yellow card, followed by a red.

Goalkeeper Epassy also distinguished himself, particularly at the expense of Martinelli, to win the man of the match award.

Cameroon finally bounced back from their opening game defeat to Switzerland but showed character and quality to fight back from 3-1 down to earn a 3-3 draw against Serbia and then beat mighty Brazil in front of 85,986 fans here at Lusail.

The “Untamed Lions” may be returning home but they’ve certainly had their moments in Qatar.

Player of the match

AboubakarVincent Abubakar

Cameroon

  1. Group number10Name of playerAboubakar

  2. Group number20Name of playerMbeumo

  3. Group number22Name of playerNtcham

  4. Group number2Name of playerNgom Mbekeli

  5. Group number13Name of playerChoupo-Moting

  6. Group number12Name of playerToko-Ekabi

  7. Group number8Name of playerAnguissa

  8. Group number6Name of playerNgamaleu

  9. Group number15Name of playerCut out

  10. Group number25Name of playerTolo

  11. Group number4Name of playerOuch

  12. Group number19Name of playerCollins Fi

  13. Group number24Name of playerEbosse

  14. Group number16Name of playerEpassy

Lining up

Cameroon

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Epassy
  • 19Fay CollinsReservation at 32 minutes
  • 4Ouch
  • 24Ebosse
  • 25ToloBook in 6 minutes
  • 15Cut outReservation at 28 minutesSubstituted forNtchamin the 68′minutes
  • 8Anguissa
  • 20MbeumoSubstituted forToko-Ekabiin the 64′minutes
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 6NgamaleuSubstituted forNgom Mbekeliin the 86′minutes
  • 10AboubakarReservation at 90 minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ngapandouetnbu
  • 2Ngom Mbekeli
  • 5Ontua
  • 7Nkoudou
  • 9Nsame
  • 11Bassogog
  • 12Toko-Ekabi
  • 14Oum Gouet
  • 17Badass
  • 22Ntcham
  • 26Maru

Brazil

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Anderson
  • 13Alves da Silva
  • 14MilitãoReservation in 7 minutes
  • 24Bremer
  • 16Alex TellesSubstituted forMarquiniusin the 54′minutes
  • 8FrederickSubstituted forBruno Guimaraesin the 55′minutesReserve at 85 minutes
  • 15Fabinho
  • 19AntonySubstituted forRaphinhain the 79′minutes
  • 21RodrigoSubstituted forEverton Ribeiroin the 55′minutes
  • 26Martinelli
  • 18Gabriel JesusSubstituted forPedroin the 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Alison
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 4Marquinius
  • 5Casemiro
  • 7Lucas Paketa
  • 9Richarlison
  • 11Raphinha
  • 12Weverton
  • 17Bruno Guimaraes
  • 20Vinicius Jr
  • 22Everton Ribeiro
  • 25Pedro

Referee:
Ismail Elfat

Presence:
85,986

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