Cameroon vs Serbia FIFA LIVE Football Score 28/11/2022
Both beaten in their opening game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Cameroon and Group G rivals Serbia convene for a crucial clash at Al-Janoub Stadium on Monday. While the Indomitable Lions were tamed by Switzerland on Thursday afternoon, their European counterparts suffered at the hands of pundits’ favourites Brazil; losing 2-0 to the Selecao despite keeping them at bay for an hour. Both now face an almost win-or-bust scenario in Al Wakrah.
Although they managed to hold higher-ranked opponents for the first half of their Group G opener, a 48th-minute goal from Yaounde-born Breel Embolo proved the difference in Cameroon’s defeat to Switzerland. As a result, the West African nation are still seeking their first victory at the World Cup since 2002, when current Cameroonian Football Federation president Samuel Eto’o was the last player to net a winner for his country on the global stage.
After their first-day setback, they have also lost eight World Cup matches in a row, so will now be eager to avoid equalling Mexico’s unwanted record of nine in that regard. Though the Indomitable Lions finished third at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, they have struggled for form ever since; winning just one of their last six outings – and that solitary success came against Burundi.
Rigobert Song’s side, who qualified for Qatar in dramatic style by pipping Algeria to the post, arrived in the Middle East as the fourth-lowest ranked team to feature at this year’s finals, so are realistic about their prospects. Dreams of extending their adventure into the knockout stages remain alive, though, and the five-time African champions must at least avoid another loss on Monday. Such a result combined with a draw between Brazil and Switzerland would bring an early end to their campaign; leaving little to play in a final group game against the much-fancied Brazilians.
It was the Selecao who left Serbia pointless after their opening fixture at Lusail Stadium on Thursday, as the two nations reproduced the same result as when they met in Russia four years ago – a 2-0 victory for Brazil. The repeat was sealed by Richarlison’s second-half strikes; handing the Serbians only a third loss in their last 17 internationals. In the aftermath, coach Dragan Stojkovic bemoaned a lack of fitness for some of his star players but also acknowledged his team had lost to the better side.
Having crashed out at the group stage in their three previous finals appearances since gaining independence, Serbia have now lost eight of their 10 World Cup matches in total – the most defeats by any European nation. The Eagles impressed in qualifying, though, and topped their group ahead of Portugal, so will still harbour hopes of turning things around over the coming days and finally reaching the knockout phase.
Indeed, Stojkovic’s side also secured promotion to the Nations League’s top tier earlier this year, and boasting several proven forwards in their squad, can consider themselves favourites to beat Cameroon and set up a potentially decisive clash with the Swiss on Friday. Despite drawing a blank on Thursday, Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is likely to keep his place for Cameroon, given some scintillating form during recent weeks. Rigobert Song could consider turning to his long-serving captain Vincent Aboubakar instead, but the Saudi Arabia-based striker is expected to start on the bench once again.
Whichever centre-forward starts for the Indomitable Lions, Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo will form part of their support act, alongside Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon. The former made little impact against Switzerland, though, and is still seeking his first international goal. Meanwhile, midfielder Olivier Ntcham has been ruled out of Cameroon’s remaining group games due to injury, so Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Martin Hongla – who both play their club football in Italy – start again in the engine room.
Following his side’s defeat to Brazil, Dragan Stojkovic aired his frustration that top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic and Juventus pair Dusan Vlahovic and Filip Kostic were not fully fit. While left-winger Kostic is still a doubt, Vlahovic is set to start on Monday and partner Mitrovic up front, with influential captain Dusan Tadic featuring in an advanced midfield role. Vanja Milinkovic-Savic should hold off the challenges of Marko Dmitrovic and Predrag Rajkovic to line up in goal; joining his older brother, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, in the starting XI.
After suffering a 1-0 loss to Switzerland on the opening matchday of Group G, Cameroon still haven’t managed to win a World Cup match since all the way back in 2002. Remarkably, another against Serbia on Monday in Qatar would see the African side tie the record for the longest-ever losing run in competition history — nine matches, as set by Mexico between 1930 and 1958.
As such, expect Rigobert Song’s side to show much more attacking threat in this encounter against much-fancied dark horses Serbia, though a repeat result of their opener vs Switzerland should perhaps be expected. Despite a 2-0 defeat to Brazil on matchday one, Serbia come into this clash with Cameroon heavily fancied, according to the bookmakers.
While their attacking freedom was locked down professionally by the South Americans, this time should see a return to Serbia’s usual 2022 form against Cameroon, and the type of free-scoring play that saw them qualify for the Qatar World Cup by topping a group that contained Portugal. Given the odds on offer and their form prior to their opening World Cup match, Serbia should prove to be too strong for Cameroon here, though the value on the African side stealing an unlikely victory is tempting.
Serbia came into the tournament unbeaten across their last six internationals, winning five of those whilst finding the net 18 times during that spell.
After losses in the first round, both Cameroon and Serbia will have to go for a win in their duel, scheduled for Monday, November 28th. The two sides that lost their opening games in Group G go head-to-head next in what feels like a must-win match for both parties. Cameroon looked good in the first-half against Switzerland but offered very little in the second forty-five, while Serbia never really got going against Brazil and will be looking to express themselves against Cameroon on matchday 2.
Cameroon go up against Serbia for the first time since 2010. Back then, they suffered a narrow loss to this opponent. Despite having qualified from the African group in style, Cameroon are likely to be affected on a psychological level. The opening game against Switzerland was a tough loss for them and Cameroon have not managed to take a single point from games since the 2002 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Serbia have a strong offensive line that has the capability to score past defences with the slightest opportunities. Serbia is dealing with some injury issues and they were absolutely dominated by Brazil in first round, but they should be able to pull off a win here.
The form of players like Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic has been excellent so far in the domestic campaign and the two players are likely to be crucial for Serbia’s hopes of progression. Serbia is used to playing high-scoring games and if this duo is ready for Cameroon we can see this match going over 2.5 total goals.
Yes, both Serbia and Cameroon failed to score in the first round, but their main strenghh lies in their offensive line, so we expect to see them being more focused and dangerous in this match and to see three or more goals at the end.