Cameroon will look to win their first World Cup game when they face Serbia at the Al Janoub Stadium on Monday.
Venue: Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)
Cameroon have lost their last eight matches of the World Cup finals.
They haven’t scored a first-half goal in ten of their last 13 matches.
Serbia have only won one of the last four second group matches in the World Cup.
They have lost their last two World Cup group games against African sides.
Both sides have failed to progress to the knockout stages in all three of their World Cup finals campaigns this century.
World Cup trivia: Cameroon are one of only six teams to go through a World Cup finals campaign undefeated and not win the cup, doing so by drawing all their games in 1982.
Head to head
Serbia beat Cameroon 4-3 in a friendly game in 2010. That has been the only meeting between both sides.
Latest performances in all competitions
Cameroon will look to bounce back from their opening game defeat to Switzerland when they lock horns with Serbia at the Al Janoub Stadium.
The Indomitable Lions started the encounter with the Swiss side on a solid note, causing Murat Yankin’s side all sorts of problems with their physicality and style. Switzerland’s Yan Sommer was called into action in the first half to keep out an Eric Choupo-Moting strike which looked destined for the back of the net, as Cameroon pushed for a win.
However, despite their encouraging first-half performance, the Indomitable Lions could not find a way past the Swiss backline, who remained focused as the first half ended in a draw.
The second half started off with Cameroon-born striker Breel Embolo putting the Swiss side in front just three minutes after the restart following a fine team move involving Xherdan Shaqiri. Being one goal down now, Cameroon piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser which never games as Switzerland held on to claim all three points.
Cameroonian head coach Rigobert Song was effusive about his team’s performance against the Swiss side. The former Cameroon international will be keen to see his side pick up all three points this time when they take on Serbia to keep their hopes of qualifications alive.
This will be only the second encounter between both sides as their only other encounter was in a friendly game back in 2010, in which the European side won 4-3. However, Rigobert Song will fancy his team’s chances this time around.
Possible Cameroon starting line-up
Andre Onana, Collins Fai, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Nicolas N’Koulou, Nouhou Tolo, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Martin Hongla, Samuel Oum Gouet, Bryan Mbeumo, Eric Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi.
Serbia, on the other hand, succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Brazil at the Lusail Stadium as two goals from Richarlison, including a beautifully executed scissors kick, were enough to hand Dragan Stojkovic’s side an opening-day defeat.
Dragan Stojkovic’s side entered the encounter with the South Americans as under-dogs but showed glimpses of both technical and tactical brilliance throughout the encounter with the Brazilians by setting up dynamic pressing channels that limited the creative and ball-playing skills of Brazil playmaker Neymar jr.
The first half ended in a draw as Serbia looked set to steal a point from one of the competition’s favourites with their doggy defending, which included some brilliant saves from Strahinja Pavlovic, one to deny twice Raphinha and Neymar jr, all in the first half.
However, the gulf in difference between both sides started to show more in the second half, with the sleek Brazilians beginning to exert themselves more in the encounter. The breakthrough finally came in the 62nd minute, with Richarlison reacting quickest to slam home following a goalkeeper parry from a Vinicius Jr shot, and 12 minutes later, he doubled the lead for the Selecao.
Serbian head coach Dragan Stojkovic was fairly positive about his teams performance. Still, the fact that they failed to register a single shot on target against the Brazilians would have been a major concern for the manager. With just one defeat separating them from an early exit from the global tournament, the Serbiaan coach will therefore be keen to see his side pick up all three points against Cameroon.
Possible Serbia starting line-up
Vanja Milinković-Savić, Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic, Andrija Zivkovic, Sasa Lukic, Nemanja Gudelj, Filip Kostic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
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Cameroon 1-2 Serbia