Cameroon beat Brazil 1-0 at the Lusail Stadium on Friday, capping off an impressive World Cup run that spanned 20 years thanks to a late goal from captain Vincent Aboubakar.

Brazil nonetheless topped Group G, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference, despite already having qualified thanks to victories over Serbia and Switzerland. Brazil will now face Group H runners-up South Korea, who defeated Portugal 2-1, in the next round.

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Cameroon, whose previous World Cup victory came against Saudi Arabia in 2002, was on the back foot for the majority of the game but rallied to win it late.

To secure the first victory by an African team over the South American behemoth in a FIFA World Cup game, Aboubakar turned in a Jerome Mbekeli cross past Ederson in the Brazil goal.

Brazil’s reserves were anxious to make an impression, but Tite’s team was unable to display their customary flair as the game unfolded in the imposing Lusail Stadium, the largest arena of the tournament.

Gabriel Martinelli, one of Brazil’s liveliest players, was set up by Fred’s ball over the top in the 14th minute, but the Arsenal forward’s header produced a superb reflex stop from Devis Epassy.

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Up until the final seconds of the first half, when Bryan Mbeumo met Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu’s cross with a thunderous downward header, Cameroon posed almost no offensive danger. Ederson deftly clawed the ball away with one hand while stretching.

Soon after the break, Tite decided that was enough and made a triple substitution, substituting Marquinho for the injured Alex Telles and Everton Ribeiro and Bruno Guimaraes for Rodrygo and Fred.

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Brazil now had a flurry of opportunities as a result of the substitutes, forcing Epassy to play three times in as many minutes.

In the 56th minute, Martinelli fired a quick shot that hit the Cameroon goalkeeper in the hands.

The Cameroon goalkeeper then recovered to scramble the ball out to safety after Eder Militao’s next attempt, and the lively Antony joined the action, pushing Epassy into a diving save to stop his curling attempt.

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Brazil attempted to preserve their perfect group record by adding Pedro in the 64th minute and Rafinha in the 79th, but Cameroon hung on until Aboubakar was in the right place at the right time to grasp his opportunity.