Cameroon became the first African team to defeat the Brazilian national team at a FIFA World cup tournament.
Vincent Aboubakar‘s lone goal was not enough to help Cameroon through the group as they settled for a third place finish in Group G. In the other group match between Switzerland and Serbia, the former was able to emerge victorious in the 5-goal thriller.
Having seen Brazil secure a place in the round of 16 by beating Switzerland last time out, Tite made nine changes to his side, which resulted in a disjointed Selecao showing at the Lusail Stadium.
Devis Epassy kept Cameroon in the contest with several fine saves before Aboubakar nodded home a stoppage-time winner for Rigobert Song‘s men — and was promptly shown a second yellow card for removing his shirt.
Switzerland defeated Serbia 3-2 in a fiery world cup encounter
Switzerland nearly went ahead inside the first minute when Granit Xhaka‘s partially blocked shot fell beautifully for Breel Embolo but Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made a smart block before parrying Xhaka’s follow up.
Andrija Zivkovic struck the post from 20 yards in response for Serbia but Murat Yakin’s men deservedly led after 20 minutes.
Djibril Sow recovered Ricardo Rodriguez‘s left-wing cross and nudged it into the path of Shaqiri, who fired home via a deflection off Strahinja Pavlovic before running off to celebrate by putting a finger to his lips in front of the s
Serbia responded superbly six minutes later when Dusan Tadic‘s left-wing cross was guided brilliantly past Gregor Kobel by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Shaqiri arrowed wide when clean through, before Tadic impressed again to find Vlahovic, who turned smartly to fire past Kobel despite Remo Freuler almost taking the ball away from the Juventus striker.
It was Switzerland’s turn to dig deep and they did so admirably, Embolo turning in Silvan Widmer’s cross at the far post to make it the first time since England v Argentina in 1998 that both teams had scored at least twice in a World Cup game before half-time.
Switzerland completed the turnaround three minutes into the second half. Shaqiri chipped the ball in for Ruben Vargas, who flicked the ball beautifully on for Freuler to finish expertly.
Here is how the group finished.
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