Cameroon beat Brazil to rest many of their regulars, but their World Cup run was still over after an interesting encounter at the Lusail Stadium.
Vincent Abubakar’s header in stoppage time turned immediately to disappointment as he received a second yellow card for removing his shirt.
Cameroon were in fine form throughout, with Brian Mbouemo making an excellent save for Liverpool keeper Ederson, but Switzerland’s win over Serbia ended Africa’s chances of reaching the last 16.
With Brazil manager Tite making 10 adjustments as his side progressed after their first two games, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli seized the chance to impress with a fine display , he was repeatedly thwarted by Cameroon goalkeeper Devis Epasi.
Despite the loss, the pre-tournament favorites remain top of Group G and now meet South Korea in the knockout stages after a dramatic win over Portugal, which Uruguay beat on goal. Ghana vs. Uruguay.
Brazil Cruise Control
Brazil were in a comfort zone after group stage wins over Serbia and Switzerland, giving manager Tite the chance to tweak his formidable squad while showing the range of resources at his disposal.
They may have lost the game, but with qualifying assured, Tite may not be too disappointed by the loss as it didn’t do any damage to their group standings and he now has a new leg Come meet the start of the knockout stage.
Arsenal’s 21-year-old Martinelli was Brazil’s fine performer, with Cameroon keeper Epasi making a fine stop from an early header and a second-half shot into the top corner.
Martinelli’s relentless running combined with his fine form has proved a thorn in Cameroon’s side and a compelling addition should Tite look to make changes as the World Cup progresses.
Brazil have done enough to justify pre-match optimism about their chances in both victories – and now they hope that Neymar, cheering on the pitch with his team-mates after the final whistle, can get his start against Barcelona. recovering from an ankle injury. Serbia made his expected contribution in time.
Cameroon bows in style
Cameroon may not qualify for the World Cup, but Rigobert Song’s side certainly added to the quality and excitement of Qatar’s group stage.
Brazil had most of their chances at the Lusail Stadium, but Cameroon were always in the game and posed a threat when the outgoing Abu Bakar fired his header over Ederson in nine minutes of stoppage time. The threat is realized.
He paid the price by tearing off his shirt in celebration when referee Ismail Elfath almost apologetically handed out a second yellow card, followed by a red.
Goalkeeper Epaci also performed well, notably at the expense of Martinelli, earning the Man of the Match award.
Cameroon ended up losing their opening game to Switzerland but ultimately showed character and quality from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Serbia before defeating them in front of 85,986 fans in Lusail. A strong Brazil team.
The Indomitable Lions may be heading home, but they certainly had their time in Qatar.
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At the end of the game, Cameroon 1-0 Brazil.
At the end of the second half, Cameroon 1-0 Brazil.
Attempt failed. Bruno Guimarães (Brazil) right footed shot from close range is too high. Assisted by Marchinhos.
Attempt failed. Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil) header from close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marquinhos with a header.
Attempt saved. Attempt saved. Bruno Guimarães (Brazil) header from the center of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Marquinhos cross.
Attempt failed. Attempt missed. Pedro (Brazil) header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gabriel Martinelli, cross.
Vincent Abubakar (Cameroon) receives second yellow card for over-celebration.
Target! Cameroon 1-0 Brazil. Abu Bakar (Cameroon) header from the center of the box to the bottom right corner. Jerome Ngom Mbekeli makes the assist and sends in a cross.
Corner, Brazil. Acknowledged by Christopher Wooh.
Attempt failed. Pedro (Brazil) left footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rafinha.
Substitute, Cameroon. Jerome Ngom Mbekeli replaces Moumi Ngamaleu.
Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil).
Moumi Ngamaleu (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brazil. Acknowledged by Christopher Wooh.
Attempt to be blocked. Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assists Rafinha cross.
Vincent Abubakar (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon).
Attempt failed. Christopher Ng (Cameroon) right footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the right. Karl Toko-Ekambi crosses in from a corner.
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