Cameroon-born Breel Embolo scored the decisive goal for Switzerland to condemn the nation of his birth in Group G’s opening match. Rigobert Song must now galvanise Les Lions Indomptables for their second match which, if they lose, could spell curtains, depending on what happens between Brazil and Switzerland.
The African nation have only once progressed from the groups of a World Cup, with a then 38-year-old Roger Milla inspiring the nation at Italia ’90. This modern version of Cameroon is arguably more blessed with talent across the board, but Song must find a tactical formula for them to gel and produce success.
Serbia looked resolute and dogged against Brazil, but the inevitability of the World Cup’s most celebrated nation saw them fall to a 2-0 defeat. Once Tite’s men found their rhythm, Serbia looked all at sea, with Richarlison capturing the personality of football’s pre-eminent entertainers with an acrobatic winner.
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Dusan Vlahovic was originally kept on ice by Serbia manager Dragan Stojkovic, before he turned to the Juventus marksman after Brazil went 1-0 up. The 22-year-old will be knocking on his manager’s door to start against Cameroon, and his argument has sound reasoning. He has scored seven goals in his last eight international appearances for The Eagles. A return of that calibre cannot be ignored for too long.
Cameroon had moments against Switzerland, but the only statistic that matters is the scoreline, and they failed to breach Yann Sommer’s net. Song will once again be relying upon Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for his source of final-third inspiration. The former Stoke City forward has 11 goals in 16 games for Bayern Munich this season in all competitions, including three in the Champions League. Rest him at your peril, Rigobert.
05 Jun 2010 – Serbia 3-4 Cameroon – International Friendly
Neutrals will be praying for a similar scoreline to the one the last time these nations met. Their only other clash came in 2010, with Radomir Antic’s Serbia beating Paul Le Guen’s Cameroon 4-3. Milos Krasic, Dejan Stankovic, Nenad Milijas and Marko Pantelic scored for Serbia, while Pierre Webo (brace) and, get this, Choupo-Moting bagged for Cameroon.