Brazil win Group G regardless of loss to Cameroon; Switzerland advance to knockout spherical


A late purpose by skipper Vincent Aboubakar ended Cameroon‘s 20-year anticipate a win on the World Cup because the Indomitable Lions bowed out in model by beating a much-changed Brazil 1-0 on the Lusail Stadium on Friday.

With qualification already within the bag after wins over Serbia and Switzerland, Brazil nonetheless received Group G, forward of Switzerland on purpose distinction, and can face Group H runners-up South Korea, who beat Portugal 2-1, within the subsequent spherical.

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Cameroon, whose final win on the World Cup was in 2002 in opposition to Saudi Arabia, have been on the again foot for a lot of the match however sprung to life on the dying. Aboubakar powered a header previous Ederson then was despatched off for gathering a second yellow for taking off his jersey in celebration.

The match performed out in a comparatively subdued environment within the cavernous Lusail Stadium, the event’s largest venue, with Brazil’s reserves desperate to impress however Tite’s aspect unable to claim their ordinary aptitude.

Gabriel Martinelli was Brazil’s livliest participant and practically put the five-time champions forward within the 14th minute when he was picked out by Fred‘s ball excessive, however the Arsenal ahead’s header drew a high quality response save from Devis Epassy.

Cameroon supplied practically no attacking risk till the primary half harm time, when Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu‘s cross was met with a strong downward header by Bryan Mbeumo that Ederson clawed away one-handed at full stretch.

Tite had seen sufficient and made a triple change quickly after the interval, bringing on Marquinho for the injured Alex Telles, and changing Rodrygo and Fred with Everton Ribeiro and Bruno Guimaraes.

The substitutes stirred Brazil right into a sudden flurry of probabilities with Epassy compelled into motion thrice in as many minutes.

First, Martinelli stung the Cameroon keeper’s palms with a snap shot within the 56th minute.

Subsequent, Eder Militao tried his luck from the following nook coaxing a fumble out of the Cameroon keeper, who recoverd to scramble the ball out to security, earlier than the full of life Antony obtained in on the act, compelled Epassy right into a diving save to maintain out his curling effort.

Tite despatched on Pedro within the sixty fourth minute and Rafinha within the 79th as Brazil sought to save lots of their good document within the group, however Cameroon clung on till Aboubakar arrived in the correct place on the proper time to grab his second.

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