Cameroon caused one of the shocking World Cup Scores of the midweek action as they defeated Brazil 1-0. Cameroon knew going into the game that they needed to defeat Brazil in order to maintain their chances of making it to the knockout rounds, and they upheld their half of the deal thanks to their captain Aboubakar, who was dismissed for his post-win celebrations. Regardless of their outcome against Brazil, Cameroon was unable to gain enough ground in Group G to go to the next round due to Switzerland’s victory against Serbia. Due to their superior goal differential against Switzerland, the South Americans were able to maintain their group leader, and as a result, they will meet South Korea on Monday night for a position in the quarterfinals.
Devis Epassy made many excellent saves in goal against Arsenal’s Martinelli, while Eder Militao, Bremer, and Bruno Guimaraes all had close-range shots blocked by frantic Cameroon defending. Despite having 21 shots and 2.25 predicted goals at the end of the game, Brazil was unable to overcome Cameroon, who had their own close calls when Ederson saved Bryan Mbeumo’s header in first-half injury time. Brazil was lucky that Switzerland was unable to extend their lead over Serbia and surpass them to win the group in order for Guimaraes to miss two more golden opportunities to save a point for them.
Cameroon finished their World Cup campaign in third place in Group G with four points, but their victory was insufficient to advance them to the round of 16. Both teams finished the group stage with six points, but Brazil retained the top rank because they had a greater goal differential than Switzerland. Serbia finished last with just one point after losing to the Swiss 3-2. On Monday, Brazil will play South Korea in the round of 16, and on Tuesday, Switzerland will play Portugal.
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