One more surprise. Closing group G, Brazil was surprised by Cameroon, the African team that won the Canadian team for the first time. Former Porto player Vincent Aboubakar scored the only goal, in one of the rare attacks by the Africans on Ederson’s goal. He scored with a header, took off his shirt and was sent off, as he had already seen a yellow card before that.
Watching this game in Brazil was like listening to samba without a tambourine or guitar, or drinking a caipirinha without cachaça… it’s possible, but it’s not the same. Brazil attacked a lot – not always well – but they didn’t do well: in 21 shots they didn’t hit the back of Epassy’s net.
Tite had promised a team with many changes and so it happened, there were nine changes: only Fred and Militão remained in the starting eleven. Unsurprisingly, the Canarinhos took possession of the ball and Gabriel Martinelli stood out for his sprints to the left. He was also the most finisher, the most agitator, but always without consequences.
Until, when the curtain fell, Aboubakar, even worn out after 90 minutes of hard work, appeared in the area and matched Jerome Mbekeli’s cross from the right in the best way, achieving Brazil’s first defeat in the last 17 games.
The celebration of the goal was not enough for Cameroon, who, despite the victory, are going home. Brazil passed first and will play in the round of 16 against South Korea. The other team in this group that goes through, Switzerland, will play against Portugal.