Lusail ∙ Vincent Aboubakar (1-0) headed in the third minute of stoppage time was Jerome Mbekeli’s cross lifted in the center of the box after a counter-attack from the right wing. Cameroon won the World Cup for the first time since 2002. Captain Vincent Abubakar celebrated his moment of pride by breaking the rules and taking off his shirt because he thought he was out even if he won.
After that, referee Ismail Elfat came running. The law is the law even when there is a lot of emotion. Vincent was sent off after receiving a second yellow card and then a red card. It was a moving sight as referee Ismail Elfat congratulated Vincent Abubakar by shaking his hand and patting him on the back before waving the red card.
In the third minute of added time, Ismail Elfat could not leave without congratulating the Cameroon captain who broke through the Brazilian defense and scored a header that broke the chest of the canaries. Cameroon’s pre-quarter hopes ended in a lopsided one-goal defeat to Brazil. Cameroon are third in Group G with four points. After Switzerland defeated Serbia by three goals against Switzerland, the Swiss team secured second place in the pre-quarter. Switzerland have six points with two wins and one loss.
Brazil fired 21 shots on Cameroon’s goal and were denied just one chance thanks to the determination of their defense and the superman performance of goalkeeper Davies Epasi. Cameroon has also filled the field with counterattacks to opportunities presented during Brazil’s continued advances. They scored a total of 7 shots on target. 3 of them, including Vincent’s lightning header, went on target. Christopher Wu, Enzo Eboso, Nicolas Ngamaloo and Vincent Abubakar were called up to the starting eleven by manager Rigobert Song who made 4 changes from the squad that drew against Serbia. Nicolas Nkoulo, Jean-Charles Castellato, Martin Hongla and Carl Toko Ekambi were placed on the substitute bench.
English summary: Referee Ismail Elfath applauds Vincent Aboubakar’s header against Brazil