D-Day For Cameroon Against Serbia

Cameroon take on Serbia in their second World Cup Group G clash on Monday, needing victory to keep their hopes of a knockout place alive. Here are five things you need to know.

Brazil loom …

Cameroon lost their opener 1-0 to Switzerland and have in-form in their final game on Friday. It makes this a must win of they are to have any hope of advancing to the knockout rounds, as they will not want to have to get a victory against the South Americans. Even a win here would mostly likely leave them needing a minimum of a point in that game.

Poor run

Cameroon have lost their last eight World Cup matches in a row, since they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in 2002, when current federation president Samuel Eto’o got the only goal. In that time they have scored three goals and conceded 17. This would be a great time to end that run.

Serbians not so flash

Having said that, Serbia have also lost nine of their last 11 World Cup games, so they are not in great form themselves at the global showpiece. That included a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in their opener in Qatar. Their wins have come against Germany (2010) and Costa Rica (2018).

Serbia battle with African teams

It is played two, lost two for Serbia against African teams at the World Cup. They were beaten 3-2 by Ivory Coast in 2006 and then lost 1-0 to Ghana at the 2010 tournament in South Africa. They led 2-0 in that match against the Ivorians but conceded two penalties and lost.

Cameroon seek for 1990 repeat

Cameroon have not qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup since their famous quarterfinal appearance in 1990 as the Roger Milla-inspired team defied the odds. They have exited in the pool stages the last five times they have qualified.