Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Cameroon vs Serbia Group G match from the Al Janoub Stadium.
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Cameroon and Serbia earn a well-deserved point after playing out a six-goal thriller in a 3-3 draw.
N’Koudou goes for goal from a Cameroon freekick. He shoots at goal but the ball goes straight to Serbian keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
Booking: Serbia’s Milenkovic sees a yellow card late in the second-half.
Mitrovic tries to dink the ball past Epassy but the keeper reads the danger and makes the save. Play stops eventually after the assistant raises his flag for offside.
Six added minutes at the end of the second-half!!
Chance- Mitrovic shoots at goal with a first-time shot from inside the box but cannot keep his effort on target.
Kostic tries to sidefoot the ball past Epassy with a cheeky finish but does not get it right as the Cameroon keeper holds on to his ball.
Bassogog does well to keep the ball despite being pressurised. He goes for a cross but it is blocked.
Kostic with another good low cross inside the box. Mitrovic is there but does not attack the ball in time as he sees it get away from him and out of play.
Early involvement by N’Koudou as he swings a cross inside the box from the left flank but it is easily dealt with by the Serbian defence.
Cameroon subs: IN- Gouet, Kevin N’Koudou OUT- Anguissa, Mbeumo
Serbia subs: IN- Grujic, Radonjic OUT- Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Zivkovic
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic shoots from an ambitious distance but sees his effort go above the Cameroon goal. He should have been closed down much quicker. He has already shown in this match that he can hit one from distance.
Mitrovic with a chance to score his second and Serbia’s fourth but his shot is saved by Epassy. In Mitrovic’s defence, the angle was a tight one.
Kostic drives a cross into the box looking for Mitrovic but the Cameroon defence lashes the ball away for the clearance.
What a role Vincent Aboubakar has played for Cameroon here. Coming on as a second-half substitute, he has scored a goal and given an assist in quick succession to bring Cameroon right back into the match.
Cameroon subs: IN- Bassogog, Ondoua OUT- Ekambi, Kunde
GOOOAALLLL!!! CAMEROON COMPLETES THE COMEBACK!! CHOUPO-MOTING WITH THE EQUALISER!! It is an effective counter-attack by Cameroon. Aboubakar makes a darting run down the right flank. He ventures inside the Serbia box and finds Choupo-Moting at the far post with a measured pass. Once Choupo-Moting got the ball, he makes no mistake in finding the net from that close distance.
GOOOALLL!! CAMEROON SCORES ITS SECOND!! ABOUBAKAR SCORES!! Aboubakar initially found the net with a wonderful chipped shot. However, the goal was ruled out after the assistant raised his flag for offside. However, VAR had a look and gave the goal to Cameroon. Twist in the tale??
Ekambi tries to work Serbian keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic but it is a tame shot and an easy save for him.
A great cross by Mbeumo aiming for Choupo-Moting from a Cameroon freekick. Choupo-Moting misses the ball by an inch and it is a goalkick to Serbia.
Serbia sub: IN- Stefan Mitrovic OUT- Pavlovic
Cameroon sub: IN- Aboubakar OUT- Hongla
GOOOALLLL!! SERBIA SCORES ITS THIRD!! IT IS ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC!! It is a beautiful team goal by Serbia which completely opened up the Cameroonian defence. Tadic finds Mitrovic who lays it out for Milinkovic-Savic. Milinkovic switches the ball to Zivkovic. The move ends with Zivkovic cutting in and squaring the ball to Mitrovic in the middle. Mitrovic, completely unmarked, strokes the ball inside the net for Serbia’s third.
Kunde tries to find Mbeumo with a lofted-through ball. It was a race between Mbeumo and Milenkovic which the latter won.
Tadic tries to play a deft pass to Kostic on the left but he held on to the ball for too long. Kostic was already off when Tadic played the pass to him. Even if he wasn’t., Epassy came out off his line to clear the ball..
Start your second-half with some stats!!
Serbia starts the second-half with a 2-1 lead against Cameroon.
Two first-half stoppage-time goals by Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic keep Serbia ahead at the break. Castelletto the lone goalscorer for Cameroon.
GOOOALLL!!! SERBIA TAKES THE LEAD!! SERGEJ MILUNKOVIC-SAVIC SCORES!!! What a turnaround by Serbia late in the first-half. Zivkovic passes to Milinkovic-Savic outside the box. Savic looks up and whips the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box. Cameroon stunned!!
GOOOALLL!! SERBIA EQUALIZES!! PAVLOVIC SCORES FOR SERBIA!! Tadic delivers a teasing cross inside the box from a Serbia freekick. Pavlovic, unmarked, gets up and finds the bottom left corner with a solid header.
Six added minutes at the end of the first-half.
Kunde makes a darting run down the right. Once inside the box, he shoots at goal but Savic makes the save. The shot was hit hard but straight at the keeper.
It is a good move by Serbia. The ball is squared to Mitrovic at the centre but he did not make the run. As a result, the attack ends and Cameroon gets the ball.
Mitrovic passes the ball to Zivkovic. Zivkovic delivers a good cross inside the box and the ball falls to Kostic. Kostic passes to Tadic who takes a first-time shot but blazes his effort above Cameroon’s goal. The assistant referee then raises his flag for offside.
Fia is okay and is back on the field. He swings in a cross from the right but it cannot find a Cameroon shirt. Serbia clears its lines.
Fia and Milinkovic Savic were in a race to win the ball which the latter won. He does well clerar the ball with a sliding tackle. Fia jumps over the Serbian but lands awkwardly and has hurt himself.
GOOOALLLL!!!! CAMEROON SCORES!! CASTELLETTO GETS HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL GOAL!! The goal came from a Cameroon corner. The corner was initially met by Choupo-Moting’s head but it was not a proper contact as he flicked the ball to the far-post. Castelletto, aware of the proceedings, was there at the back-post to poke the ball inside the net.
Tadic squares the ball to Mitrovic at the edge of the penalty box but the Serbia’s No 9 cannot keep the ball.
Booking: Cameroon’s Nkoulou sees a yellow card.
With 25 minutes in, Serbia has had two clear-cut chances to take the lead. Both chances fell to Mitrovic who could not convert.
Play resumes with a Serbian corner, but nothing comes from it.
Play halts for a while as there is a problem with one of the referees’ equipments.
Kunde uses his strength to shield the ball from his marker. He then makes a run down the left and dispatches a venomous shot at Savic’s near-post. The Serbian keeper had it covered and palms the ball away for a corner.
Close- Cameroon cannot clear its lines from a Cameroon cross from the left. The ball falls kindly to Mitrovic right in front of the goal but he cannot find the target with this shot. A huge letoff for Cameroon.
Hongla loses one of his boot after Kostic steps on him. He is on the floor receiving treatment.
Off the post- Mitrovic uses his skill on the ball to get the better of N’Koulou. He curls the ball to the far-post and sees his shot hit the post and come back into play.
Serbia’s gameplan for now looks clear - to use Mitrovic’s aerial prowess by giving him good balls in the air.
Zivkovic does extremely well to escape his marker and ping a low cross inside the box. Mitrovic got at the end of it but could not get a decent touch.
Maksimovic swings a cross inside the box, aiming for Mitrovic’s head. Mitrovic connects with the ball but his header is weak and misdirected. The cross was a tad bit overhit.
The ball is squared to Anguissa from the left flank, and the player tries to square round his marker. However, his touch is heavy and he loses possession.
Mitrovic is back on his feet and is okay to continue.
Just 30 seconds in the match, and Mitrovic is down on the ground. He jumped to win the header and landed awkwardly.
The Group E match between Cameroon and Serbia kicks-off at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Cameroon vs Serbia Starting XI
Cameroon and Serbia go into Monday’s Group G match knowing that anything less than a victory could send it packing from the World Cup by the time Brazil and Switzerland play later in the day.
Serbia is bottom of the group after losing 2-0 to pre-tournament favourites Brazil, while Cameroon’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland means the African side is still seeking its first victory in the World Cup since 2002.
The match arguably gives both Cameroon and Serbia their best chances of opening their account in Qatar.
But a loss for either team - combined with a draw between Brazil and Switzerland - would prematurely bring the curtains down on its campaign, with nothing to play for but pride in its final group game on December 2.
Cameroonian Football Federation president Samuel Eto’o, the last player to score a winner for the country in the World Cup 20 years ago, predicted his team would reach the final but a five-match winless run since September says otherwise.
This is a fairly young Cameroon team with little to no World Cup experience, however.
Although they did give a good account of themselves against the Swiss, coach Rigobert Song has promised improvement.
“The mistakes that were made (against Switzerland) will not be made again in the next game,” he said after the opening loss.
On the other hand, Serbia has a well-drilled unit that prevented Brazil from making inroads in the first half before it was carved open in the second following a drop in intensity.
“The impression is that we started the second half with too much respect for the Brazilian national team, and that cost us a positive result,” Serbia’s national team director Stevan Stojanovic said.
“Somehow we raised our hands prematurely in surrender, which in the past was not characteristic of this generation.”
Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic lamented the fact that his key players, such as top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic were not fully fit.
But they will be glad to have got Brazil out of the way nice and early, and he has promised change in the next two games.
“We have to face that fact. It’s defeating to not have 100% of all your players... You will see a different team (against Cameroon),” Stojkovic said with a reassuring tone.
Cameroon vs Serbia Predicted XI
When will the Cameroon vs Serbia match kick-off?
The Cameroon vs Serbia match will kick-off at 3:30 PM IST, November 27.
Where will the Cameroon vs Serbia match kick-off?
The Cameroon vs Serbia match will kick-off at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Where can you watch the Cameroon vs Serbia match in India?
The Cameroon vs Serbia match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
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