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Cameroon & Serbia In Six-Goal Thriller, Brazil Qualify For KO stage

Brazil secured their place in the knockout stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a 1-0 win over Switzerland at Stadium 974 on Monday evening.

The South American giants were made to sweat for the three points as they were notably lacking in the final third without their inspirational attacker Neymar Jr. They went into the break goalless against the brave Swiss – who were seeking to make it two wins from two.

Vinicius Jr and Richarlison, who bagged a brace in their 2-0 win over Serbia in the opening game showed plenty of endeavors but failed to find the goal when the latter was marginally ruled out for offside in the build-up midway through the second half.

However, veteran midfielder Casemiro popped up with a stunning strike seven minutes from time to Yann Sommer, for the only goal of the game and secure a place in the next round with a game to spare.

epa10334838 Casemiro of Brazil celebrates scoring the 1-0 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group G soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland at Stadium 947 in Doha, Qatar, 28 November 2022. EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Cameroon and Serbia played out to a six-goal thriller in a 3-3 draw but leaves the African nation on the brink of 2022 FIFA World Cup elimination.

Both sides came into the game without a point after losing to Switzerland and Brazil respectively – but the Indomitable Lions were more of the talking point after the expulsion of star goalkeeper Andre Onana from the first-team.

It’s been reported that a fallout took place piror to the game over his eccentric playing style, in which the technical staff would have preferred a ‘traditional’ and more safe approach to goalkeeping.

However, Cameroon look beyond that and found the lead through Jean Charles Castelletto against the run of play, after being outplayed in the opening stages.

But on the brink of half-time Serbia hit back with two quickfire goals from Strahinja Pavlović and Sergej Milinković-Savić.

Aleksandar Mitrović added a third seven minutes into the second half and it seemed as if the Europeans would run away with the game.

But the substitution of captain Vincent Aboubakar for Martin Hlonga proved inspiring as he scored and assisted the goal for Eric Maxim Choupo Moting in the space of three minutes.

However, the fightback means they have share one point only and will need to beat Brazil and in the final Group G game, to have any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.

epa10333903 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (R) of Cameroon celebrates scoring the 3-3 equalizer during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group G soccer match between Cameroon and Serbia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, 28 November 2022. EPA/Neil Hall
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.