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Cameroon Player Ratings: Aboubakar, Epassy masterclass inspire Cameroon past Brazil

12:09 PM IST 03/12/22
Devis Epassy saves against Brazil.
The Indomitable Lions captain came up trumps while the goalkeeper received top marks for keeping them in the game

Vincent Aboubakar and Devis Epassy were instrumental in Cameroon's memorable 1-0 victory over Brazil as the Indomitable Lions exited the 2022 World Cup in style.

The Indomitable Lions captain headed in the late winner but Cameroon would not have been in the game by then were it not for goalkeeper Epassy who pulled off countless saves to deny the South Americans.

With a number of Cameroon players also putting up great performances, GOAL rates how the Indomitable Lions stars fared against Brazil.

  • Devis Epassy of Cameroon.

    Devis Epassy 9.5/10

    The 29-year-old was the reason Cameroon kept a clean sheet as he made three tremendous saves in the first half and as many in the second to keep his team in the game.

    Epassy punched out a goal-bound header from Gabriel Martinelli before denying Antony, and he came up trumps again against the Arsenal forward in the dying minutes of the opening half.

    He kept out Martinelli before denying Everton after the break with his six saves helping Cameroon to victory.

  • Collins Fai Cameroon

    Collins Fai 7.5/10

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner had mixed fortunes at right-back when he endured a torrid time from Martinelli but also found room and courage to bomb forward and bring in crosses.

    His forays forward, however, allowed Brazil room to attack more and he was booked in the first half after losing track of Rodrigo who was through on goal at the time.

  • Enzo Ebosse Cameroon.

    Enzo Ebosse 8/10

    Ebosse was key to Cameroon keeping a clean sheet as he won a number of aerial duels and also put in great tackles to deny Rodrigo and Antony.

    The defender's best moment came in the second half when he blocked Everton who was clear on goal with one of the best tackles of the game.

  • Christopher Wooh Cameroon.

    Christopher Wooh 8.5/10

    A calming presence at the back, Wooh did not panic even when his team had their backs against the wall.

    His reading of the game was great as well as his organisation and he interchanged well with Ebosse to keep the Brazilians at bay.

    Wooh denied Raphinha in the 83rd minute after the Barcelona forward's cross nearly beat Epassy to preserve his team's slender lead. That was after blocking Martinelli from scoring in the 25th minute.

  • Nouhou Tolo of Cameroon.

    Nouhou Tolo 8/10

    The busier of the two full-backs, the Doula-born Seattle Sounders left-back was greatly tested by Antony and earned an early yellow card for bringing down the Manchester United winger.

    He was, however, key in Cameroon's moves going forward, supplying a number of great crosses which Aboubakar and Bryan Mbeumo failed to utilise. Tolo also made a good block from Fred early in the first half as Brazil run the show.

  • Pierre Kunde, Cameroon, November 2022

    Pierre Kunde 6.5/10

    Until his withdrawal in the 67th minute, the Olympiacos midfielder had been sloppy in possession as he easily lost the ball while his passes failed to find its targets.

    The 27-year-old also struggled to make tackles and was booked after bringing Rodrigo down after the Real Madrid midfielder had bypassed him.

  • Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

    Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa 8.5/10

    A munch-improved game from the Napoli man who has not lit up the World Cup as it was expected given his great club form.

    Anguissa upped the ante against Brazil not just with his tackling but his ability to hold onto the ball on the few occasions Cameroon had it. He rarely panicked while his passing range was also impressive.

  • Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu.

    Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu 7/10

    Played on the left wing, Ngamaleu did more defending than attacking and most of the time, tucked inside to act as an extra central midfielder to contain the Brazilians.

    He had one opportunity when he got into the box but did not make much of it and also rarely supplied crosses, leaving the task to Tolo.

  • Bryan Mbeumo.

    Bryan Mbeumo 8/10

    The Brentford forward occupied the right wing and had Cameroon's first attempt on goal when his header was saved by Ederson after good work from Tolo.

    Mbeumo was also key in preserving Cameroon's clean sheet given he tracked back constantly and won numerous tackles before he went off in the 63rd minute.

  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Cameroon.

    Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 6/10

    The Bayern Munich striker did not have a good game playing up front with Aboubakar.

    The forward did not offer any threat to the Brazil's defence and easily lost the ball whenever he had it.

    His decision making also let him down as he either opted to dribble past a forest of legs or passed when he should had taken a shot.

  • Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon.

    Vincent Aboubakar 9.5/10

    The captain, starting his first game in Qatar after his goal and assist against Serbia, repaid the faith of his coach not just by scoring the goal but also his work rate.

    Before positioning himself between the centre-backs to score the winner, Aboubakar had spent most of the game in his own half helping out defensively while his presence in the Brazil box caused the Samba Boys problems.

    He brought in a good cross after 50 minutes before making a goal-saving block from Martinelli later in the second half. He soured a prefect night when he received a second yellow for taking off his shirt in celebration.

  • Karl Toko Ekambi of Cameroon.

    Karl Toko Ekambi 6/10

    The Lyon forward came in in the 63rd minute for Mbeumo but hardly threatened. He only made one tackle from a corner but did not offer much going forward.

  • Olivier Ntcham.

    Olivier Ntcham 8/10

    A 67th-minute replacement for Kounde, coach Song would have wished to start with him given he offered more to the team than the man he came on for.

    Ntcham had Cameroon's second shot on target after sprinting from midfield while his general work rate denied Brazil opportunities to get forward as much as they did before his introduction.

  • Jerome Ngom Mbekeli.

    Jerome Ngom Mbekeli 5/10

    He did not do much after coming on in stoppage time for Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu as Cameroon poured forward in search of a goal.

    Mbekeli acted as an extra body in midfield to nullify Brazil's threat and headed away one cross in the box in the dying minutes.