Cameroon faces its options to the Brazilian reliability
The Africans, with the 1990 quarterfinals as a ceiling, entrust themselves to a miracle against an already classified favorite to stay alive
MADRID, Dec. 1 (.) –
Cameroon and Brazil face each other this Friday (8:00 p.m.) in the third and final day of Group G of the World Cup in Qatar, in a duel to which the ‘Canarinha’ arrives with the leadership virtually assured and already classified for a round of 16 at the who also aspire to be the ‘Indomitable Lions’, with the victory against the Cariocas as the only option to keep their World Cup dream alive.
The team trained by Tite has everything in store to access the next phase as the leader of Group G. It occupies first place with six points after its victories against Serbia (2-0), with a little more lucidity, and Switzerland (1 -0), in its grayest version in Qatar. And they lead Switzerland by three points, momentarily second, a Helvetic team that, in the event of a defeat for the Brazilians, will have to beat Serbia and improve the goal difference -now +3 for Brazil and 0 for the Europeans-.
This situation will allow Tite to make use of the wide wardrobe and his ‘B’ block, although no less dangerous and threatening than his gala ‘eleven’. “You have Fabinho from Liverpool, Ederson from City, Martinelli and Gabriel Jesús from Arsenal… There is a lot of competition. For the next game, there is a team waiting”, analyzed the coach, who confessed that he will give opportunities to the entire squad, although may pose a “risk”.
Thus, innumerable changes are coming to the Brazilian team with the intention of distributing loads and minutes and facing the round of 16 in the best way. Perhaps, only Militao repeats in a starting team in which even Ederson would enter the goal for Alisson. The Real Madrid center back would be accompanied by Bremer and Telles and Alves on the lanes. Fabinho and Guimaraes aim to be the handle of the ‘Canariha’ against Cameroon, with an attack zone made up of Rodrygo who shone against Switzerland, wingers Martinelli and Antony and Gabriel Jesús as ‘9’.
With a team full of rotations, Brazil will seek to continue extending its positive dynamics in the group stages of the World Cups, after becoming the first team in the history of this tournament to go 17 games without losing in this first phase. A feat only within the reach of the five-time world champion who, carrying the poster as the top favourite, does not want any blur on her World Cup resume. And it is that he has accumulated 10 consecutive participations, winning the lead in this first round.
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It is not the best scenario for Cameroon, which however will play it against one, presumably, Brazil with many rotations and only with a leadership almost in the pocket at stake. In addition, the loot -advancing to the round of 16 for the first time in the last 32 years- is the best incentive to believe in some options that only happen by beating the cariocas.
And it is that even winning, the ‘Indomitable Lions’ will have to wait for a setback by Switzerland against Serbia to go to the tiebreaker criteria. Rigobert Song’s men are third with a single point, after not taking their face off a game against the Serbs on the second date in which they came to lose 1-3.
But in the second half, Vincent Aboubakar appeared from the bench, stirring up the Africans and with a goal and an assist he revolutionized the duel to keep the Cameroonian aspirations alive. In their debut against Switzerland, Cameroon paid for some mistakes and could not keep up with the consistency of some Europeans who hid behind the speed of Embolo, scorer of the only goal of the match.
They will also have to fight with history, since it has been almost 20 years since an African team has beaten Brazil. The last time was precisely in the 2003 Confederations Cup, when the ‘Indomitable Lions’ beat the South Americans 0-1, with the current coach as captain of that squad.
Song, who has also made headlines for his run-in with goalkeeper André Onana, who has finally left the camp, will have to decide this Friday whether to bring on the intoxicated Aboubakar, accompanying the talented Choupo-Moting to maximize his offensive capacity. In a ‘eleven’ he will presumably not suffer any more changes and that he will have two good allies in defensive strength and commitment.
CAMEROON: Epassy; Fai, Nkoulou, Castelletto, Tolo; Anguissa, Kunde, Hongla, Mbeumo; Choupo-Moting and Aboubakar.
BRAZIL: Ederson; Dani Alves, Militao, Bremer, Telles; Fabinho, Guimaraes, Rodrygo; Antony, Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus.
–REFEREE: Ismail Elfath (USA).
–STADIUM: Lusail Iconic Stadium.
–TIME: 8:00 p.m./La1, World Goal and Movistar+.