They won’t have made it by to the following stage of the World Cup event however Cameroon’s supporters departed Lusail Stadium in Qatar realizing their team had made history by beating Brazil.
Capping a sequence of gorgeous upsets soccer followers have now grow to be accustomed to on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Cameroon delivered a shock 1-0 defeat to Brazil on Friday evening – the primary time an African nation has beaten the Brazilians on the World Cup.
Brazil has received all seven earlier conferences with African groups on the World Cup, together with beating Cameroon in 1994 and once more in 2014.
However the historic victory was not sufficient for Cameroon to qualify for the following Spherical of 16 after securing third place in Group G behind Brazil and Switzerland, who defeated Serbia 3-2 within the different remaining group match on Friday.
“We really feel nice, don’t you are feeling nice? It’s so satisfying. I’m very completely satisfied. We lastly beat Brazil,” John Epanty, who’s from Cameroon, informed Al Jazeera after the match.
“Brazil is without doubt one of the greatest groups on the planet. If you happen to’re in search of a comfort win, you need this victory,” he mentioned.
Fellow Cameroonian Caleb Williams predicted celebrations would go on all evening again in Cameroon.
“They’re already consuming and might be until morning,” Williams mentioned. “I imply, we took out Brazil, that’s big,” he informed Al Jazeera.
The winning goal from Vincent Aboubakar got here within the closing 92nd minute of the sport and other than bringing victory, it additionally electrified supporters of the Indomitable Lions at Lusail Stadium who had probably anticipated the sport to finish in a draw.
After the match and although few in quantity, the Cameroon supporters made the perfect of the particular second, singing the reward of their workforce whereas media cameras swarmed to file the aftermath of the historic win. Brazilian followers joined within the celebrations too, realizing they misplaced however had already certified for the following stage which is able to see them face South Korea on December 5.
Nonetheless, the shock of Cameroon’s purpose within the dying minutes of the sport was an excessive amount of for some Brazil supporters.
“I don’t really feel so good,” Patricia Luze from Sao Paolo informed Al Jazeera.
“I used to be not anticipating that purpose,” mentioned Luze, who has tickets for the World Cup remaining and is hoping to see her workforce compete in that match.
“The ultimate is right here and I hope to be right here once more after we will, by God’s grace, increase the cup once more,” she mentioned.
Earlier than kick-off on Friday, the contingent of Cameroonian followers at Lusail had been clearly outnumbered by the hundreds of Brazil followers who turned Lusail right into a sea of yellow and inexperienced.
Brazil is seen by many as the best footballing nation on the planet and the vitality of their followers on Friday – decked out in T-shirts, scarves and waving flags – demonstrated how a lot they love their five-time World Cup winners.
The victory was “bittersweet”, mentioned Samuel Ngassam from Douala in Cameroon.
“Sure, we beat Brazil. I’m proud,” he mentioned.
“However there are lots of classes from this we should take,” Ngassam informed Al Jazeera whereas a bunch of close by Brazilian followers referred to as him to affix them for a brief video.
Ngassam mentioned the Cameroon workforce “ought to have proven extra coronary heart” and that, of their earlier video games, it appeared as if they might have settled for attracts.
Tonight, nevertheless, was not about qualifying for the following spherical of the World Cup, it was all about Brazil, he mentioned.
“As we speak we beat Brazil. That’s all that issues,” he added.
“I’ll fear about all the things else once I get up.”