Lusail, Qatar — cameroon‘s Vincent Abubakar scoring a late winner to give them a memorable 1–0 win Brazil on Friday, but it was not enough to see Rigobert Song’s side through to the knockout stages of Qatar 2022.
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Brazil dominated the match, but Aboubakar’s 90th-minute winner ensured that Cameroon’s World Cup campaign ended on a winning note. He celebrated by taking off his shirt, and was subsequently sent-off by referee Ismail Elfath, who gave the striker a second yellow card for his celebration after another booking earlier in the match.
With qualification already secured, Brazil manager Tite made nine changes to his side ahead of the match and handed them Dani Alves captaincy, and while they go on as winners of Group G, it was a shocking result, not the preparation they wanted for their round-of-16 matchup against Australia. South Korea on Monday.
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1. Cameroon give another blow to this World Cup
Tite’s much-changed Brazil team gave the new starters an excellent opportunity to give the manager selection headaches ahead of the Round of 16. A couple took it, others left it.
Despite the changes, Brazil’s hopes remain the same: they expected and sought victory. In the wake of the World Cup, this was another one to add to the list.
The changes Tite made to work here in Qatar strengthened the confidence of the entire team. Only third-choice wicketkeeper Weverson is yet to get any minutes. But the selection gamble didn’t pay off, at least in the short term.
was among those brought armory Man Gabriel Martinelli Brazil had the best players on the field, as their finesse gave Cameroon headaches. Twice he managed to get past his marker to take a shot on goal, and it was only the goalkeeper’s clever positioning. Davis Epasi so that they stay out.
However, there were some who failed to make the most of their opportunity. Gabriel Jesus Never really got a chance – replaced by Everton Ribeiro after 54 minutes – but performed well in link-up play. On the opposite bank of Martinelli, Antoine Showed flashes of brilliance in the early stages, but were eventually kicked out of the game seattle sounders, tolo nauhou, rodrigo Was one of the more promising players off the bench in Brazil’s 1-0 win SwitzerlandBut some harsh justice was served by the Cameroon defense and did not manage to trouble the target.
His fumble cost him, while it was a defensive lapse that allowed Abubakar to head home late Bremer Missing my man This would give Tite cause for concern to lie in wait for the South Koreans and watch the wounded personnel from the stands.
For Brazil it was a match in which the focus was on those on the field who were in the stands or unused on the bench. neymar He was present in the stadium as he was recovering from an ankle injury – much to the applause of the Brazilian fans who packed Lusail Stadium – while Danilo And Alex Sandro There were also given alex tales Having been forced off with an injury in the early stages of the second half, Brazil will be hoping that Alex Sandro will be available for the next leg. The signs there are promising, but the breadth of the squad’s reserves were tested in defense here marquinhos Ended up as a makeshift left winger.
For those who wanted to force their way into the starting lineup, the majority failed to take the opportunity.
2. Cameroon impressed despite group-stage exit
Cameroon needed a win against Brazil and a result elsewhere to progress to the knockout rounds, but despite the job done, their tumultuous World Cup ended in the group stage. Given that they started with a 1-0 loss to Switzerland, and then they had to face The scandal surrounding the departure of goalkeeper Andre OnanaThe fact that they rallied and were still scouting to make the round of 16 in the final game was a credit to them.
his bravery against Serbia – where they came back from 3–1 down to draw 3–3 – set them up to make history against Brazil. He was patient. He had his back against the wall for so many matches. The closest they had come was a header from Brian Mbumo on the stroke of half-time, until Abubakar scored a late winner, which needed world-class defending. ederson to keep out.
The script was the same in the second half as they fought back whatever Brazil threw at them and whatever it was. And credit goes to the players and manager for their defensive organization. given that they were without their two first-choice centre-backs for the game – both Jean-Charles Castelletto And Nicholas Nkoulu Were injured — the fact that they were able to keep Brazil out, it was a great effort. In the absence of Onana, Apasi performed brilliantly in goal. He was sensational in keeping out waves of Brazil’s attack. This gave Abubakar his shot at history.
3. Dani Alves creates World Cup history for Brazil men
Aging Dani Alves cemented his place in Brazilian football history as he became the oldest male player to represent his country at the World Cup. She captained the team, and at the age of 39 years and 210 days, she surpassed the previous record held by right-back Zalma Santos, who was 37 at the 1966 World Cup.
Dani Alves’s inclusion in the 26-man squad was questioned. Tite faced heavy criticism for picking the veteran, with Dani Alves battling a knee injury and nearing the end of his career. But the manager – in his own, soft-spoken way – backed up the former barcelona Stalwart, saying his system doesn’t require grass-scorching pace for a full-back, and the 39-year-old had other qualities that would be invaluable.
The man himself said prematch that he would be happy to just play the tambourine to keep morale up, but he proved against Cameron that he is not here just to put up numbers. He did well for most of the match, keeping threats down his flank, and given Brazil’s injury woes at full-back, will likely be called up at some stage against South Korea in the round of 16.
Cameroon: davis apaci 8, collins fi 7, Enzo Emboss 7, Christopher Wu 7, Tolo Nauhou 7, Nicolas Maumee Ngamaleu 6, Pierre Kunde 6, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa 8, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 7, Brian Mbumo 6, Vincent Abubakar 7
sub: Carl Tocco Ekambi 6, Olivier Ntcham 6, Jerome Ngome Mbekeli 6
Brazil: Ederson 7, Dani Alves 7, Bremner 7, Eder Militau 7, Alex Telles 6, Fabinho 7, Fred 6, Rodrigo 6, Antony 7, Gabriel Martinelli 8, Gabriel Jesus 6
sub: bruno guimaraes 6, Marquinhos 6, Everton Ribeiro 6, pedro 6, Rafinha 6
best and worst performers
Best: Davis Apasi, Cameron. The aura for Cameroon in the No. 1 goal was monumental. He stopped anything and everything that came his way.
Worst: Gabriel Jesus, Brazil. Tough one, this one, but the Arsenal forward failed to put his stamp on the game.
Highlights and Notable Moments
with brazilian legend Pele in hospital suffering from respiratory infection, Seleção The fans sent their best to the former Santos star.
Brazil fans chant ‘get well soon Pele’ during national anthem ❤️🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/xlRC7XqiaL
— Fox Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 2, 2022
Even Ismail Elfat felt bad about seeing Abubakar off.
Aboubakar celebrates his goal by taking his shirt off for Cameroon, and is then sent off for another yellow card 😅 pic.twitter.com/JubSqTAX1L
— Fox Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 2, 2022
After the match: What the players and managers said
Apache: “We can be proud of what we did tonight because it shows we can be a top team. We didn’t qualify, though, which is why we’re not happier than tonight.”
Fabinho: “If you don’t kill (the game), the opponent only needs one chance. That’s what happened. Thankfully we finished top of the group. It wasn’t a loss that finished us, but we can still learn from it.” We have scored a lot, but we cannot afford to miss so many goals.”
Key Stats (Provided by ESPN Stats & Info)
Mbeumo’s shot on goal in the third minute of first-half stoppage time was the first shot on goal Brazil have faced at this World Cup.
Abubakar is the first player to be sent off for excessive celebration, at least in a 1966 World Cup match.
Cameroon ended Brazil’s 17-match unbeaten run in the World Cup group stage. Prior to Friday, they had not lost at this stage of the competition since 1998 when they lost to Norway.
Cameroon: Cameroon’s World Cup is over, but they will be back in action in March when they host Namibia for Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on March 20.
Brazil: Seleção Will take on South Korea in the Round of 16 on Monday.