Cameroon beats Brazil thanks to goal Aboubakar
For a long time it looked like Brazil’s second team would win against fiery Cameroon. United midfielder Fred was the catalyst for many of Brazil’s chances, sending numerous shots and crosses into the Cameroonian net.
Gabriel Martinelli was also a huge problem for Cameroon in the first half. The Arsenal star pushed Napoli’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Al Taee’s Collins Fai to superhuman defensive feats.
Brentford winger Bryan Mbeumo’s header almost put Cameroon aside, if not for a superb save from Ederson. It was the first shot on target Brazil had to face in the entire group stage. Still, Cameroon had to wait again for another big chance.
Still, most of the half was the same old storyline. La Selecao was the team that attacked, and Cameroon clung on for life.
Most of the second half turned into a How many chances can Brazil miss contest. There was Antony’s punchy shouter tagging Epassy away, and Epassy straining to tag an attempt by Éder Militão on the post.
Things got even worse with the appearance of Marquinhos, Bruno Guimaraes and Raphinha. It took the defense of Cameroon and Epassy enormous efforts to keep the game level. Cameroonian fans were not praying for a win and a draw between Serbia and Switzerland. They prayed that their likely loss to Brazil would be slight.
Everyone greets Aboubakar
However, Cameroon got an unexpected boost in the 92nd minute. The champion of Cameroon, the epitome of effectiveness and the hero of Yaounde: Vincent Abubakar saved the indomitable lions again.
Homegrown talent Jerome Mbekeli strode to the wing and fired a perfect cross to a heavily marked Aboubakar. The Al-Nassr striker sprinted into the penalty area, sprinted off two defenders and headed past a frozen Ederson. He screamed, took off his shirt, left it behind and went to the dugout. He looked at his teammates with a stunned but proud look on his face.
Although taking off his shirt earned Aboubakar his second yellow card, Cameroon won the game. The injury time winner gave Cameroon its fourth point in Qatar. Unfortunately, Serbia could not draw Switzerland at the death, meaning Switzerland would get second place and a match against Portugal.
Epassy impresses ahead of Brazil’s attack
Devis Epassy is no Andre Onana. But for more than 85,000 fans expecting a one-sided slaughter, Epassy delivered the performance of a lifetime. He had seven saves and 52 touches. The Abha goalkeeper conceded 21 shots and 2.25 xG, but amazingly kept a clean sheet.
He made an impressive recovery after scoring three goals against Serbia with just 1.9 xG, showing a level of maturity you wouldn’t expect from someone who just earned his sixth cap for Cameroon.
As the bridge between Onana and Cameroon continues to grow, Epassy can expect some more minutes in qualifying for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
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