Luiz Felipe Scolari's men will be hoping to emerge as the group winner and rediscover its attacking verve against the already eliminated Indomitable Lions.BRASILIA — Brazil somewhat surprisingly dropped two points against Mexico in its last outing as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari went for a slightly more cautious approach than in the opener against Croatia, with Ramires taking the place of Hulk on the right wing after the Zenit man was deemed not fit enough to start.
The Ramires experiment was not as successful as Scolari would have hoped, however, and Bernard or Hulk is expected to start in the Selecao’s final group game.
Two other players who have come in for criticism in the past few days following some underwhelming performances are midfielder Paulinho and striker Fred, with Hernanes and Jo waiting for their chances.
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Nevertheless, Scolari has proven to be fairly loyal toward his players in his second spell as Brazil boss and he is unlikely to sacrifice one of the two ahead of the match versus Cameroon.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke, meanwhile, will have some serious selection headaches after two disastrous performances against Mexico and Croatia. The Indomitable Lions will be without the suspended Alex Song following his red card in the loss versus Croatia, with Jean Il Makoun possibly taking his place in midfield.
Furthermore, Finke is expected to leave out Benoit Assou-Ekotto following his on-pitch attack on teammate Ben Moukandjo, and Henri Bedimo is likely to take his place at left back.
Up front, Cameroon will be hopeful that star striker Samuel Eto’o returns to the fold after missing their disastrous defeat versus Croatia due to injury. Whether the experienced striker makes it remains to be seen, but Finke is hopeful his star player will be available again.