They won’t have made it by to the subsequent stage of the World Cup match however Cameroon’s supporters departed Lusail Stadium in Qatar figuring out their workforce had made historical past by beating Brazil.
Capping a sequence of beautiful upsets soccer followers have now change into accustomed to on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Cameroon delivered a shock 1-0 defeat to Brazil on Friday night time – the primary time an African nation has crushed 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 subsequent 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’re feeling nice? It’s so satisfying. I’m very joyful. We lastly beat Brazil,” John Epanty, who’s from Cameroon, advised Al Jazeera after the match.
“Brazil is likely one of the greatest groups on this planet. When you’re in search of a comfort win, you need this victory,” he stated.
Fellow Cameroonian Caleb Williams predicted celebrations would go on all night time again in Cameroon.
“They’re already ingesting and might be until morning,” Williams stated. “I imply, we took out Brazil, that’s enormous,” he advised Al Jazeera.
The profitable objective from Vincent Aboubakar got here within the closing 92nd minute of the sport and aside from 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 easiest of the particular second, singing the reward of their workforce whereas media cameras swarmed to document the aftermath of the historic win. Brazilian followers joined within the celebrations too, figuring out they misplaced however had already certified for the subsequent stage which can see them face South Korea on December 5.
Nonetheless, the shock of Cameroon’s objective 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 advised Al Jazeera.
“I used to be not anticipating that objective,” stated 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, elevate the cup once more,” she stated.
Earlier than kick-off on Friday, the contingent of Cameroonian followers at Lusail have 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 this planet and the power 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”, stated Samuel Ngassam from Douala in Cameroon.
“Sure, we beat Brazil. I’m proud,” he stated.
“However there are lots of classes from this we should take,” Ngassam advised Al Jazeera whereas a bunch of close by Brazilian followers known as him to affix them for a brief video.
Ngassam stated 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 subsequent spherical of the World Cup, it was all about Brazil, he stated.
“At the moment we beat Brazil. That’s all that issues,” he added.
“I’ll fear about every little thing else after I get up.”