Before the actual game, when they were in great spirits and sashaying in the vocal form down the hallway to the dressing room, Cameroon’s highlight of the evening seemed to arrive. From there, their night went downhill until Vincent Aboubakar’s stunning header gave the Indomitable Lions their first victory over Brazil in the 92nd minute.
Rigobert Song’s team was eliminated as a result of Switzerland defeating Serbia by a score of three points and the captain celebrated by pulling off his shirt and receiving a second yellow card.
A disappointed coach stated, “My players deserve praise. They’ve demonstrated that they ought to have performed better in the two games before this one. It is a shame that we are leaving now because we gradually got better. My players have my trust, and they have performed well.
The song was sidetracked by a spat with André Onana earlier in the competition, which foreshadowed him benching his starting goalkeeper. “There were a few initial issues, but they were quickly remedied. The group is always given precedence over the individual. We need the discipline to play elite football, and that’s where we’ve fallen short in the past, he said.
Brazil then wins Group G based only on goal differential and advanced to play South Korea, however, this was the first time that a team from the same continent as Cameroon lost. The first Brazilian coach to lose to an African squad, according to Tite, who added: “We will have to suffer for 24 hours before we can start preparing. When we lose, we experience the loss, as we should. It is a part of the context, so we must experience it.
‘Who lost?’ Those of us. Our preparation, victories, and defeats are all shared. This competition provides us with food for thought and something to consider. There is little recovery time in between games.
Neymar provided an update on his injury after Brazil tweeted a video of him working out. Regarding Neymar and Alex Sandro, let’s wait and see since we still have time on our side. They haven’t started working out with a ball yet, so we need to watch them and see how they perform.
Danilo has been improving favorably; he put in a lot of effort with the ball, has improved functionally, and can now practice regularly with the other players.
Only Fred and Éder Militia were kept from the victory over Switzerland, but Dani Alves was the most notable newcomer. At 39, he added winning cap No. 125 to his impressive resume, tying him with Roberto Carlos for second place among Brazilian players in terms of appearances. He also became his country’s oldest World Cup captain.
Cameroon’s problem could be summed up as a booking for Pierre Kunde for clipping Rodrygo, whose afterburners zipped diagonally. Hurling at them were pace, trickery, creativity, and directness. Collins Fai, who was wheezing, was the next to receive Ismail Elfath’s yellow card, the referee mildly smirking at the right protests. back’s Again, Rodrygo was fouled, and Alves’ free shot was weak, but Brazil’s one-way traffic was drifting into construction zones, trapping Cameroon at every turn.
A Brazil goal was missing from all of this ball-hogging behaviour. They had 68.4% of the possession, but Tite’s close-to-second string has so far lacked slick execution at the goalposts. Cameroon would adore having this issue. One of the few times they were permitted to get close to the Brazil No. 1 as the half approached was an Aboubakar dink into the area that Ederson cleaned up. But then, in what was essentially the final play of the half, they shocked Brazil.
When Miami Ngamaleu chipped the ball in from the left, Bryan Mbeumo’s header hit the turf first and skidded high enough for Ederson to have to jump to the right to stop the goal.
Gabriel Martinelli had earlier skipped down the Cameroon area from the left and fired at Devis Epassy’s goal, but when the teams resumed play after the break, Cameroon still had a chance to get the victory needed to have any hope of playing in the last 16.
The finest way to start what they thought would not be their final 45 minutes of Qatar 2022 was Mbuemo’s corner claim off Bremer. However, there was no dividend from the kick.
Bryan Mbeumo’s header touched the ground first and skidded high enough for Ederson to have to lunge to the right to block the goal when Moumi Ngamaleu chipped the ball in from the left.
After the sides began to play after the interval, Cameroon still had a chance to earn the victory necessary to have any chance of competing in the round of 16. Earlier, Gabriel Martinelli had skipped down the Cameroon area from the left and fired at Devis Epassy’s goal.
Mbuemo’s corner claim off Bremer was the best way to begin what they believed would not be their final 45 minutes of Qatar 2022. The kick, however, did not yield any benefits.
One for Brazil’s trash bin and one for Cameroon’s scrapbook. Additionally, it sends Neymar a strong invitation to return and join the team.
The star player for the Selecao had sufficiently recovered from his fever from the previous week to take his place in the stands.
Coach Tite will be hoping his torn ankle ligaments will be strong enough for him to join the team as soon as possible.
This Brazilian team was indeed a backup, but it was still full of veteran trophy winners. Men like Rodrygo, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, and Fabinho.
And, indeed, none of them will probably start against South Korea on Monday in the round of 16. At any rate, they hardly improved upon their statements.
However, it was still Cameroon and Brazil. And even in that scenario, it still amounts to a major upset.
What a night it was for Vincent Aboubakar, who had, to be very frank, stink the place up until that point.
When Jerome Mbekeli delivered a beautiful cross from the right, Aboubakar arrived unnoticed by Marquinhos to meet it. Ederson was glued to the spot, and the ball went into the corner of the net.
The bare-chested Cameroon attacker held his shirt to the crowd in delight, drawing wild cheers from the Africans.
Ismail Elfath, an American referee, immediately smiled sympathetically at him before brandishing the second yellow card, ending his night a few minutes before his friends.
The man who will dine out for the rest of his life on the day his header beat Brazil won’t let it ruin his evening, though.
Cameroon has a history of defeating South American powerhouses. albeit more than three decades apart.
They famously defeated Argentina in the first game of Italia 90 back in 1990. This one wasn’t as meaningful, but since it was Brazil, there was probably twice as much emotion.