A precocious extremity by skipper Vincent Aboubakar ended Cameroon's 20-year hold for a triumph astatine the World Cup arsenic the Indomitable Lions bowed retired successful benignant by beating a much-changed Brazil 1-0 astatine the Lusail Stadium connected Friday.
With qualification already successful the container aft wins implicit Serbia and Switzerland, Brazil inactive won Group G, up of Switzerland connected extremity difference, and volition look Group H runners-up South Korea, who bushed Portugal 2-1, successful the adjacent round.
Cameroon, whose past triumph astatine the World Cup was successful 2002 against Saudi Arabia, were connected the backmost ft for astir of the lucifer but sprung to beingness astatine the death. Aboubakar powered a header past Ederson past was sent disconnected for collecting a 2nd yellowish for taking disconnected his jersey successful celebration.
The lucifer played retired successful a comparatively subdued ambiance successful the cavernous Lusail Stadium, the tournament's biggest venue, with Brazil's reserves anxious to impressment but Tite's broadside incapable to asseverate their accustomed flair.
Gabriel Martinelli was Brazil's liveliest subordinate and astir enactment the five-time champions up successful the 14th infinitesimal erstwhile helium was picked retired by Fred's shot implicit the top, but the Arsenal forward's header drew a good absorption prevention from Devis Epassy.
Cameroon offered astir nary attacking menace until the archetypal fractional wounded time, erstwhile Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu's transverse was met with a almighty downward header by Bryan Mbeumo that Ederson clawed distant one-handed astatine afloat stretch.
Tite had seen capable and made a triple alteration soon aft the interval, bringing connected Marquinho for the injured Alex Telles, and replacing Rodrygo and Fred with Everton Ribeiro and Bruno Guimaraes.
The substitutes stirred Brazil into a abrupt flurry of chances with Epassy forced into enactment 3 times successful arsenic galore minutes.
First, Martinelli stung the Cameroon keeper's palms with a drawback changeable successful the 56th minute.
Next, Eder Militao tried his luck from the ensuing country coaxing a fumble retired of the Cameroon keeper, who recovered to scramble the shot retired to safety, earlier the lively Antony got successful connected the act, forcing Epassy into a diving prevention to support retired his curling effort.
Tite sent connected Pedro successful the 64th infinitesimal and Rafinha successful the 79th arsenic Brazil sought to prevention their cleanable grounds successful the group, but Cameroon clung connected until Aboubakar arrived successful the close spot astatine the close clip to prehend his moment.