Cameroon give this World Cup another shock by beating Brazil


LUSAIL, Qatar — Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar scored a late winner to hand them a memorable 1-0 win over 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 much of the match, but Aboubakar’s 90th-minute winner ensured Cameroon’s World Cup campaign finished on a winning note. He celebrated by taking his shirt off and was subsequently sent off by referee Ismail Elfath, who handed the striker a second yellow card for his celebration following 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 Dani Alves the captaincy, and while they head through as winners of Group G, this was a shock result and not the preparation they wanted ahead of their round-of-16 matchup against South Korea on Monday.

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1. Cameroon give this World Cup another shock

Tite’s much-changed Brazil side gave the fresh starters a wonderful opportunity to give the manager a selection headache ahead of the round of 16. A couple took it, while others let it pass them by.

Regardless of the changes, Brazil’s expectations remain the same: they anticipated and demanded a win. In a World Cup of shocks, this was another to add to the list.

The swathes of changes represented Tite reinforcing the faith he has in the whole squad to get the job done here in Qatar. Only third-choice keeper Weverson is yet to get any minutes. But the selection gamble, in the short term at least, didn’t pay off.

Of those brought in, it was the Arsenal man Gabriel Martinelli who was Brazil’s best player on the field as his trickery caused Cameroon a headache. Twice he managed to slip past his marker to get shots on goal, and it was only the astute positioning of…

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