LUSAIL, Qatar — (AP) — Vincent Aboubakar scored two minutes into added time as Cameroon handed Brazil their first World Cup group stage defeat in 24 years on Friday — a result that spelled even allowed the five-time champions to win the group and eliminated the Africans.
Aboubakar was sent off with a second yellow card for taking his shirt off during his celebration after sending his powerful header past Brazil goalkeeper Ederson. The Cameroonian captain then threw his jersey on the ground near the corner flag and waited for his teammates as they rushed towards him.
Cameroon had won none of their last nine World Cup matches, losing eight and drawing one – against Ireland in their 2002 tournament opener.
Brazil, who played with their reserves, had won 17 consecutive group games since a 2-1 loss to Norway in 1998 in France. They had lost just one of their last 29 group matches at the tournament.
The Selecao, who had already reached the round of 16 after victories over Serbia and Switzerland, will face South Korea in the round of 16.
It was the 11th time in a row that Brazil had won their World Cup group. He finished with six points, like Switzerland. But the South Americans had a better goal difference. The Swiss have also advanced and will face Portugal. Cameroon finished with four points and Serbia with one.
Coach Tite has rested nearly all of his regular starters and made 10 changes since the win over Switzerland on Monday.
Brazil were still without the injured Neymar, but the star striker was at the Lusail stadium to watch the game with his teammates.
Both teams created good chances to score, but were unable to take advantage of them until Boubakar won on a cross from the right flank by Jérôme Ngom Mbekeli, who entered the game in the 86th minute.
Antony, Pedro and Gabriel Martinelli had some of the best opportunities for Brazil, while Aboubakar had already come close for Cameroon.
Brazil finally conceded a shot on target after failing to do so in the first two matches.
Cameroon, which started with a 1-0 loss to Switzerland, went through a bit of a slump after their 3-3 draw with Serbia, with goalkeeper Andre Onana sent home on disciplinary grounds after a row with the club. Coach Rigobert Song.
Cameroon failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia four years ago.
With his debut on Friday, 39-year-old Dani Alves became the oldest Brazilian to play in a World Cup, ahead of 38-year-old centre-back Thiago Silva, Brazil’s captain in Qatar. Alves’ last game at a World Cup was in the Round of 16 of the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The right-back picked up the injury ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
NEYMAR THE STAR
Neymar has joined his teammates at the stadium for the first time since sustaining a right ankle injury in Brazil’s opener against Switzerland.
He wasn’t limping when he got off the team bus and even played with the ball while his teammates warmed up. The crowd cheered loudly as the stadium’s big screen showed him singing the national anthem before the game. Later, he sat in the stands behind the bench, with fans trying to get close and take pictures of him.
Brazilian fans have shown their support for football great Pelé, hospitalized in Sao Paulo with a respiratory infection.
They unfurled a banner with the image of Pelé holding a soccer ball behind one of the goals, and opened a large flag with an image of the great Brazilian and the words: “Pelé. Get well soon.” A fan in the stands held up a shirt with a picture of Pele on it.
Azzoni Tales on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni
AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
#Brazil #win #group #losing #Cameroon #World #Cup