That Cameroon would be on the flight out of Brazil after their match against hosts Brazil last night was already a given. What remained to be seen however was how much more embarrassment the team from West/Central Africa would suffer, going by the rather shameful displays the team had put up since the tournament began. Indeed, many pundits feared the match would result in a total routing of the ‘Indomitable Lions’ by the boys from Brazil but though in the end it was a comfortable victory for the hosts, the Cameroonians at least made a match of it.
Brazil took the lead when golden-boy Neymar side-footed a one-time cross from Luis Gustavo into the net and score the 100th goal of what has been a hugely entertaining World Cup. That opening goal was supposed to open the floodgates of Brazilian goals but Cameroon shocked the world when Joel Matip scored an equaliser which they deserved, based on the spirit and ambition they had shown since going behind. Rather than energize the Cameroonians however, the equaliser only seemed to annoy Neymar and he quickly restored the host’s advantage with a brilliant goal which seemed to suck the fight out of Cameroon as from that point on, only the Brazilian’s looked likely winners.
A second half header by Brazilian striker, Fred and a cool finish from Fernandinho added gloss to the result for Brazil, with the result confirming that Cameroon finished bottom of the group and Brazil first.
In the end for Cameroon, the real damage had already been done in their previous two matches against Mexico and Croatia, with the match against Croatia in particular being a nightmarish outing for the team. There was nothing ‘Indomitable’ about this Cameroonian team and in truth, they made an absolute mockery of being termed ‘Lions’. Drastic and immediate changes are needed both off the field and on it if Cameroon are to move on from the black page of Brazil 2014 and re-enact their golden years.
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