⚽Cameroon vs Brazil: Game Recap⚽
Results: Cameroon 1-0 Brazil
Vincent Aboubakar scored an injury-time winner, but Cameroon’s 1-0 victory over Brazil was not enough to seal their place with Tite’s men in the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup. Aboubakar headed past Ederson and was sent off for a shirtless celebration after an earlier booking, but Switzerland’s 3-2 win over Serbia meant his late heroics were in vain.
A much-changed Brazil was already through to the last 16 and retained the top spot in Group G despite the defeat, with South Korea as their next opponent on Monday.
Manchester United’s Antony and Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli were among nine fresh starters. After Antony saw an early effort blocked, Martinelli went closer with a header that goalkeeper Devis Epassy had to tip over.
With injured Neymar watching from the stands, Brazil controlled the contest, but Cameroon had the best chance in first-half added time, when Bryan Mbeumo’s downward header forced Ederson into a sprawling save.
Epassy made an acrobatic stop to deny Martinelli, after Vincent Aboubakar drilled wide of a post shortly after the restart. Still, the Cameroon goalkeeper spilled an Eder Militao effort as Brazil picked up the pace.
Raphinha, off the bench, twisted and turned before delivering for Bruno Guimaraes, but Cameroon’s stubborn resistance continued until the final whistle, even if quality further upfield continued to elude them.
Late drama saw an unmarked Aboubakar finally make the breakthrough, giving departing Cameroon a moment to savor.
Did We Get It Right?
Below you will find all the predictions we made before the matchup, on November 29, 2022.
Brazil Pass Tough Tests
No Neymar, no problem for Brazil. The World Cup favorites managed to defeat Switzerland to seal knockout stage qualification. Meanwhile, their Friday opponents Cameroon pulled off an incredible two-goal comeback to draw 3-3 vs. Serbia. Cameroon need a win and some luck to advance and what an upset it’d be if they can pull it off. We’ll take a look at the Cameroon vs Brazil betting odds and the latest news from the match.
Cameroon vs Brazil
Date, time (TV):
Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
Streaming: FOX, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Standings and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Knockout Stage Odds||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|Cameroon||42||6-0-2, 1st CAF Group D||+2500||N/A||+75000|
|Brazil||1||14-3-0, 1st CONMEBOL||Qualified||N/A||+250|
|Nov 2018:||Brazil 1-0 Cameroon|
|Jun 2014:||Cameroon 1-4 Brazil|
|Jun 2003:||Brazil 0-1 Cameroon|
|May 2001:||Brazil 2-0 Cameroon|
|Nov 1996:||Brazil 2-0 Cameroon|
A FIFA analysis shows that Brazil have outscored Cameroon 7-1 over two previous World Cup matches. Brazil defeated Cameroon 3-0 in the 1994 group stage and picked up a 4-1 win in 2014. Brazil have won five of the six previous meetings in all competitions, including the most recent one. Richarlison scored the game’s only goal in that 2018 friendly. Cameroon’s only win over Brazil came in the 2003 Confederations Cup. The Indomitable Lions have scored just two goals in six matches of this fixture.
Cameroon: Complete the Comeback
Standings: 0-1-1, 1 point, 3rd
Previous Match: 3-3 D vs. Serbia, 0-1 L vs. Switzerland
Cameroon had some good chances vs. Switzerland but fell 1-0 in their opening match. Things started off well for Cameroon vs. Serbia in their next match, though. Jean-Charles Castelletto scored a goal off a 29th minute corner, which was Cameroon’s first World Cup goal since 2014. However, the Indomitable Lions conceded twice before the break and went down 2-1.
An Aleksandar Mitrović goal put Serbia 3-1 up early in the second half, which meant it was time for Vincent Aboubakar to come on for Cameroon. Aboubakar made the most of his substitute cameo and chipped Vanja Milinkovic-Savic goal ten minutes after coming on. He also provided an assist for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting three minutes later. The Indomitable Lions were indomitable in spirit as they completed an impressive comeback in the 3-3 draw.
Now, the Cameroon vs Brazil betting odds price Cameroon as underdogs, which is the reason they show just +2500 odds to advance to the last 16. Cameroon haven’t advanced in their last five World Cup appearances and have just two World Cup wins since 1990. Despite poor form in the lead up to the World Cup, Rigobert Song’s side has looked dangerous.
Brazil: Become Second Team to Advance
Standings: 2-0, 6 pts, 1st
Previous Match: 1-0 W vs. Switzerland, 2-0 W vs. Serbia
Brazil had to do without Neymar vs. Switzerland and found it difficult to break down a compact defensive unit. It looked like Brazil found a breakthrough midway through the second half through Vinicius Jr. However, VAR overturned the goal on an offside call in the buildup. Midfielder Casemiro found the net less than 20 minutes later on a stunning half volley from a Rodrygo pass. The Seleção became the second team to clinch a round of 16 berth with their 1-0 win.
Betting on Brazil has been incredibly popular during the World Cup. After all, they are the favorites to win the tournament, at +250 odds. Neymar is expected to be back at some point but is out for the Cameroon match as well with an ankle ligament injury. Lucas Paqueta slotted into the starting lineup vs. Switzerland and Casemiro played in a more advanced role. Perhaps that’ll be the case vs. Cameroon once again. Right back Danilo is also out for the next match, which means Eder Militao and 39-year old Dani Alves are in contention to start.
Don’t rule out the possibility that Tite rests some of his stars for the knockout stage. Brazil’s “B” team would still be expected to defeat Cameroon and there are some big talents who haven’t seen many minutes yet. Names like Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo and Bruno Guimaraes come to mind and could play a bigger role on Friday.
Match Analysis and Odds:
The Cameroon vs Brazil betting odds list Brazil as 1½-goal favorites coming into Friday’s match. The other two times Brazil have met Cameroon in the World Cup they’ve won by a three-goal margin. The Seleção sit at -130 odds to cover and are -375 favorites to win. If they win it’ll be the first time since 2006 they go perfect in the group stage. Meanwhile Cameroon come in at +110 ATS odds and are massive +1000 moneyline underdogs.
Cameroon and Brazil have never drawn in six previous meetings and a deadlock sits at +575 odds here. It’s easy to see why that outcome is unlikely, given the gap in quality between the teams. Also, Cameroon will be incentivized to throw everyone forward if the match is level. That would certainly leave them exposed at the other end.
Although that gap in quality exists, Cameroon have proven to be dangerous. It wouldn’t at all be surprising if Vincent Aboubakar starts after his stellar performance vs. Serbia. He was the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year and is Cameroon’s active leading scorer. Brazil are yet to concede at the tournament and that could be a leading reason under three goals sits at -125 odds for the match.