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Brazil still has work to do against Cameroon to advance in World Cup
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By Ian Palmer
With just one game to go in Group A of the World Cup, host nation Brazil still isn’t guaranteed of advancing to the second round of the competition. However, they need just one point to do it and are facing last-place and point-less Cameroon. Still, they’ll need to come up with a decent performance to make sure they aren’t humiliated with elimination. The Brazilians go into the match with four points and a +2 goal difference with Mexico also at four points, but with a +1 goal difference.
But Croatia is also still in the mix with three points and a +2 difference. A draw for Brazil will guarantee them five points while the most Croatia can reach is six with the Mexicans on course for seven with a win. But since Croatia and Mexico are squaring off in the other group game at the same time it’s impossible for both of those teams to reach their maximum. If Brazil happens to lose to Cameroon and Croatia wins or draws against Mexico then Brazil’s hopes would be dashed in the very first round.
The Brazil vs Cameroon showdown will take place on June 23 at the Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha in the capital city of Brasilia at 4 pm ET. Even though Brazil managed a 3-1 win over Croatia in their first match and a 0-0 draw against Mexico, they haven’t been playing up to their potential. Players such as Fred and Ramires haven’t threatened and striker Hulk missed the match with Mexico due to injury. This could cause manager Filipe Luiz Scolari to try out Willian or Bernard in the starting lineup.
But even a sub-par Brazilian performance by players such as Neymar and Oscar could be enough to ensure the Brazilians don’t go down to defeat. With so much at stake, it’s hard to see Brazil coming up short. Cameroon, who lost all three contests at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, will be without the services of Alex Song for this encounter since he was red-carded against Croatia in their 4-0 loss last Thursday.
To make matters worse, the African nation will also likely be without their all-time leading scorer in Samuel Eto’o. The 33-year old forward missed the match against Croatia with a knee injury and isn’t expected back to face Brazil, especially since Cameroon has no chance of advancing. Since Cameroon hasn’t scored a goal in the 2014 World Cup and have conceded five, the experts don’t give them a chanced in this outing. But as we’ve already seen in this very unpredictable tournament anything is possible, especially for a team that has absolutely nothing to lose.