Cameroon become the first African team to win against Brazil at a World Cup. Switzerland edge Serbia in a five-goal thriller to book Round of 16 spot
Vincent Aboubakar is once again the man for the big occasion, scoring late against Brazil in their final 2022 Qatar World Cup Group G fixture. 🦁Despite the loss, Brazil retains the top spot and emerge as group winners ahead of Switzerland, albeit on goal difference.
Brazil Head Coach Tite rotated the squad after assurance of progression to the Round of 16 ahead of the fixture with Cameroon. Overall, Brazil had more possessions (65%) as well as more chances, 21 compared to Cameroon’s 7.
Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar was brought into the starting lineup by Head Coach Rigobert Song following his man-of-the-match performance in a 3-3 draw against Serbia.
The Indomitable Lions’ closest chance in the first half came through Brentford’s Mbuemo who headed wide with the goal at his mercy, right before halftime.
The second half was no different from the first, but Jerome Ngom Mbekeli with the run and cross of his life found V. Aboubakar in between Brazil’s defense, and the striker scored with great aplomb.
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, but in the other Group G fixture, Switzerland beat Serbia 3-2 to clinch the second spot.
5 Goal Thriller as The Swiss beat Serbia
In a hotly-contested fixture that had goals, flared tempers, and a lot at stake, Switzerland came out on top of Serbia and are second in Group G, after Brazil, but on goal difference.
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In their third successive World Cup, Switzerland make it to the Round of 16, coming from behind to win 3-2. Serbia started strong but against the run of play, Xherdan Shaqiri, through a deflection, fired past Milinkovic-Savic for his twenty-sixth goal for his country to silence the Serbian supporters.
Serbia responded just seven minutes later through Aleksandar Mitrovic. In the 35th minute, Serbia took the lead through Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, following a mistake from Shaqiri.
As the game approached halftime, Switzerland found themselves back on equal footing, adding another twist to this already interesting encounter. Breel Embolo with the equalizer.
Three minutes after the break, the Swiss were back in front. Remo Freuler was able to get onto Ruben Vargas’ deft flick giving Switzerland the lead.
With no goals in the remainder of the fixture, midway through Mitrovic appeared to have been fouled by Fabian Schar, but the penalty appeals were waived. Despite late pressure from Serbia, Switzerland held on for all three points and a spot in the Round of 16.
2022 Qatar World Cup Round of 16 Fixtures
Netherlands vs USA – December 3, Khalifa International Stadium (6 pm)
Argentina vs Australia – December 3, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (10 pm)
France vs Poland – December 4, Al Thumama Stadium (6 pm)
England vs Senegal – December 4, Al Bayt Stadium (10 pm)
Japan vs Croatia – December 5, Al Jnoub Stadium (6 pm)
Brazil vs South Korea – December 5, Stadium 974 (10 pm)
Morocco vs Spain – December 6, Education City Stadium (6 pm)
Portugal vs Switzerland – December 6, Lusail Stadium (10 pm)