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FIFA World Cup: Cameroon knocks out Brazil before making the group stage withdrawal

Vincent Aboubakar scores in injury time to secure the memorable victory for Cameroon and the country will be out in the FIFA World Cup despite the victory.

Vincent Aboubakar headed in a late winner and was removed after Cameroon scored an impressive 1-0 win over favorite Brazil during Brazil’s World Cup on Friday, but they were unable to get through to the final 16.

Aboubakar who was brought to captain Rigobert Song’s side, made contact with a cross by replacement Jerome Ngom Mbekeli to break the deadlock in the 92nd minute in Doha’s Lusail Stadium.

He was arrested for taking off his shirt during the raucous celebrations that followed and, after being warned, he was required to go home with his teammates to watch the rest portion of the match.

They scored an iconic win, but the 3-2 victory of Switzerland against Serbia simultaneously resulted in the Swiss being promoted from Group G together with already qualified Brazil.

“Despite our victory, we’re disappointed because we know that we could have done better,” admitted Song.

“It is an affront to be here but we need to be positive and keep on working.”

With their two wins in their two games at Qatar, Brazil topped the group and advanced to the last 16 matches with South Korea when their many important players who were resting in this match will be back.

Coach Tite put his second-string team out and Brazil suffered their first loss during the first round of the World Cup since 1998, in which they were defeated by Norway.

Tite changed nine times, which included handing an opportunity to 39-year-old Dani Alves, making him the oldest Brazilian men’s international player.

“Tonight everyone lost. and it’s an all-inclusive loss,” Tite said.

“Nobody has ever won the three group games in the World Cup and the three teams who took the initial two matches fell in the third match. This just shows how hard the games are.”

Brazil’s second-string team still included Manchester City’s Ederson in goal Real Madrid’s Eder Militao in central defense, Fabinho of Liverpool in the midfield as well as Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal supported by Rodrygo in the front.

Martinelli impresses

The team also included young 21-year-old Gabriel Martinelli on the left and the Arsenal prospect was their best player.

He was almost able to score the opener within the fourteenth minute of the match when Martinelli jumped unmarked, but his shot was smashed over by Cameroon goalkeeper Devi’s Easy. Martinelli was also in danger during the first half the final minute of stoppage time, dribbling over the top of his area and an effort that Epassy was unable to block.

It was a bit of football that was reminiscent of Neymar who is recovering from a broken ankle. He was able to watch the action from in front of the Brazilian bench.

A large number of Brazil supporters, who erected a banner that read the “Get Good Soon” message in honor of Pele were cheering loudly when Neymar was shown on screens in the stadium’s vast space.

In need of a win, Cameroon nearly went ahead during the stoppage-time of the first half with a header from Bryan Mbeumo that caused a flurry of saves from Ederson.

Brazil has won seven of its previous matches against African opposition at the World Cup, including beating Cameroon in 1994 and then again in 2014. Martinelli was most likely to be their goal-scoring source.

He caused Epassy to tip over a third shot that was curving toward the top corner of the pitch in the second half and then the Cameroon shot-stopper — who was continuing in the place in the absence of Andre Onana who was dropped because of unspecified disciplinary issues and turned a Militao shot into the goal.

Wanting to learn about all of his options in attack, Tite sent on the Flamengo trio comprising Everton Ribeiro and Pedro However, he was able to watch Alex Telles come off hurt during the second period.

Telles will be the 3rd Brazil full-back who has succumbed to injury during the tournament, following Danilo also Alex Sandro.

At the rate he is going, Alves who is one year short on his birthday will also have a function to fill in Qatar.

The most important thing is that Brazil hopes to see Neymar returning soon, but it is yet to be determined whether he’ll be playing with South Korea on Monday.

Aboubakar took the final victory right at the moment a goalless draw seemed most likely, and Cameroon is deservedly praised for grabbing four points from an extremely difficult group, even if they have to go home.

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