⚽Cameroon vs Serbia: Game Recap⚽
Results: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia
In what turned out to be the most memorable match, Cameroon and Serbia played out a World Cup classic and drew 3-3 at the Al Janoub Stadium in their second group-stage match.
Serbia started on the front foot, with Aleksandar Mitrovic hitting the post in 10 minutes and squandering another good chance shortly after. Cameroon weathered the storm, however, and Jean-Charles Castelletto put them ahead after a flick-on from a near post corner in the 29th minute.
Strahinja Pavlovic equalized with a header of his own after a Dusan Tadic free-kick found him unmarked in first-half added-time. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic put Serbia in front minutes later with a left-footed shot from outside the box. His effort took a slight deflection, but Cameroon goalkeeper Devis Epassy, in for Andre Onana, will feel he could have done better.
Mitrovic eventually got his goal, finishing off a well-worked Serbia move with several passes across and around the Cameroon penalty area, which left the Fulham striker with an easy finish to make it 3-1.
But Vincent Aboubakar, on as a substitute, was on hand to muscle Cameroon back into the game. The striker was played through on goal in the 63rd minute, cut around his marker, and beautifully scooped the ball over Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in the Serbia goal. Aboubakar was initially flagged offside, but a VAR check ruled that the goal was legal.
Then Aboubakar was played in again, squaring the ball to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to tap into an empty net just three minutes after Cameroon’s second goal. And again, Aboubakar looked offside to the eye, but the ref gave the goal as Cameroon completed a memorable comeback.
Did We Get It Right?
Below you will find all the predictions we made before the matchup, on November 25, 2022.
Points Imperative for Cameroon and Serbia
Cameroon showed the danger they can pose vs. Switzerland on Thursday, even if it didn’t translate to goals. Meanwhile group G mates Serbia set up defensively vs. Brazil but late goals doomed them to defeat. With both Cameroon and Serbia losing their first match, they both desperately need a result when they clash on Monday. We’ll preview the match and take a closer look at the Cameroon vs Serbia odds.
Cameroon vs Serbia
Date, time (TV):
Location: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar
Streaming: FS1, 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||43||6-0-2, 1st CAF Group D||+1900||+10000||+25000|
|Serbia||21||6-2-0, 1st UEFA Group A||+125||+1200||+12500|
|Jun 2010:||Serbia 4-3 Cameroon|
Cameroon and Serbia have only met once before, in a 2010 friendly. The match was a seven-goal thriller that Serbia won 4-3. Cameroon’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Nicolas N’Koulou and Vincent Aboubakar all played in the match. Choupo Moting, who started on Thursday vs. Switzerland, scored a consolation goal in the 2010 match vs. Serbia. This will be the first time to bet on the Cameroon vs Serbia Odds in a World Cup.
Cameroon: Took the Game to Switzerland
Standings: 0-1, 3rd
Previous Match: L, 0-1 vs. Switzerland
Upcoming Match: Dec. 2 vs. Brazil
With not much expected of them, Cameroon took the game to Switzerland and often looked like the better team. Cameroon’s Bryan Mbeumo had one of the first good chances of the game and his shot was parried out by Yann Sommer only for Karl Toko-Ekambi to send it over the bar. The Indomitable Lions hadn’t won a World Cup game for 20 years but it initially looked like they’d change that. In a cruel twist of events, Cameroon-born Breel Embolo scored vs. his birth country to give Switzerland the lead. In a show of respect, he didn’t celebrate his goal.
Cameroon looked like a much more creative and bold team than Switzerland. Still, it didn’t come through on the scoresheet. Switzerland eked out a 1-0 victory and Cameroon dropped their eighth straight World Cup match. Cameroon are also on a five-game winless streak in all internationals. The Indomitable Lions knocked out Algeria in African World Cup qualification and finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations. Otherwise, they have very little to boast about this year.
Losing an opening World Cup match usually dooms a team to an early exit. That’s more than likely to be the case with Cameroon. They opened the tournament at just +350 odds to advance to the last 16. Now, the African side sit at +1900 odds to advance after losing to Switzerland. Somehow, they’ve won just one of their 14 matches vs. European teams in World Cups.
Serbia: Expect More Creativity
Standings: 0-1, 4th
Previous Match: L, 2-0 vs. Brazil
Upcoming Match: Dec. 2 vs. Switzerland
Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic set up rather defensively in their opening match vs. Brazil. He opted to leave Dusan Vlahovic on the bench and play with just Aleksandar Mitrović up top. Serbia failed to create much of anything offensively and didn’t register a shot on target all match. Brazil’s attacking onslaught became too much for Serbia to handle after a certain point and they finally conceded 62 minutes into the match.
Just 11 minutes later, Richarlison scored his second goal for Brazil on an incredible scissor kick. Serbia had no answer but they at least put up a fight in the match. Despite the opening match loss, the Qatar world cup betting odds still give them a reasonable shot to make the knockout stage. They’re priced at +125 odds to advance but most likely need all three points here. With that in mind, expect Stojkovic to change his strategy a bit.
Cameroon pose a threat but it’s not necessarily one Serbia have to be too worried about. Stojkovic may consider pairing Mitrovic with Vlahovic so he can have his two best goal scorers on the pitch at the same time. The last time the pair started together, they both scored in a crucial 2-0 win over Norway in the UEFA Nations League. That win earned Serbia promotion to the Nations League A and if they’re able to win here it’ll keep them in the World Cup.
Match Analysis and Odds:
Despite Cameroon’s abysmal record in recent World Cups, there’s certainly potential there. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been in great form for Bayern Munich and he’ll be itching to get his first World Cup goal. The Cameroon vs Serbia Odds do price the Indomitable Lions at -150 odds to score their first goal of the tournament. Meanwhile, the over/under goal total is listed as 2½ and the under shows a -130 price.
Cameroon, on the other hand, are +120 underdogs ATS and +410 dogs to win their first World Cup match since 2002
Serbia’s odds to cover the ½-goal spread and their moneyline odds are the same, at -140. Cameroon, on the other hand, are +120 underdogs ATS and +410 dogs to win their first World Cup match since 2002. A draw, which would be an unsatisfactory result for both teams, comes in at +270 odds.
In their last two appearances at the FIFA World Cup, Serbia have won at least one match. This is their best opportunity to get a win, as they also lost to repeat groupmates Brazil and Switzerland last time around. In Dusan Tadic and Sergej Milinković-Savić, Serbia have two advanced midfield players who can provide good service to Vlahovic and Mitrovic. Cameroon’s focus may be on the wings where they can potentially beat Serbia’s fullbacks for pace. Expect a back and forth match here at the very least.