Cameroon face Serbia on Monday morning in a bunch stage encounter described as “decisive” by Indomitable Lions supervisor Rigobert Tune.
The 1990 World Cup quarter-finalists had been narrowly crushed by a objective from Switzerland’s Cameroon-born Breel Embolo of their opener however had been hardly outclassed by their European foes.
Serbia, conversely, did not power Brazil’s Alisson right into a single save. Dragan Stojkovic’s aspect saved the Seleçao goalless till the interval earlier than in the end falling to a deserved defeat.
Here is all the pieces you could know in regards to the assembly between two sides looking for their first factors and targets of the World Cup.
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Cameroon crew information
Tune was capable of welcome Olivier Ntcham again to coaching forward of Cameroon’s match towards Switzerland after the midfielder overcame some muscular discomfort.
With a totally match squad at his disposal, Tune neglected Cameroon’s captain and talismanic goalscorer Vincent Aboubakar for the opener, as a substitute lining up with Bayern Munich’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting by the center. Given Aboubakar’s nameless 15-minute cameo, Choupo-Moting could retain his lofty spot within the pecking order.
Cameroon Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Onana; Fai, N’Koulou, Castelletto, Tolo; Anguissa, Oum Gouet, Hongla; Mbeumo, Choupo-Moting, Toko Ekambi.
Bench: Ngapandouetnbu, Epassy, Wooh, Ebosse, Mbaizo, Ondoua, Kunde, Ntcham, Mbekeli, Ngamaleu, N’Koudou, Bassogog, Nsame, Aboubakar, Marou.
Serbia crew information
Stojkovic bemoaned the truth that Serbia had “three key gamers injured” for his or her opening-game conflict with Brazil. Serbia’s complete 26-man contingent was a part of the matchday squad however Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic and Filip Kostic had been all carrying health considerations.
Mitrovic began towards Brazil however Stojkovic harassed that he “got here with a number of issues to Qatar”. Vlahovic was summoned from the bench for the ultimate 25 minutes and Filip Kostic did not function in any respect. The Juventus vast man was sidelined with muscle fatigue and there’s “an enormous query mark” surrounding his return date.
Serbia Beginning 11 (3-4-2-1): V Milinkovic-Savic; Milenkovic, Velijkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Gudelj, Lukic, Mladenovic; Tadic, S Milinkovic-Savic; A Mitrovic.
Bench: Dmitrovic, Rajkovic, Erakovic, S Mitrovic, Kostic, Ilic, Babic, Duricic, Grujic, Lazovic, Maksimovic, Racic, Radonjic, Jovic, Vlahovic.
Each side endured worrying drop-offs within the second halves of their opening fixtures. Serbia’s Stojkovic was notably involved with the decline suffered by his injury-riddled squad. “This can be a shock for me,” he admitted, “one thing unusual.”
Switzerland’s victory consigned Cameroon to an eighth consecutive World Cup defeat. Solely Mexico have ever misplaced as many as 9 straight video games on the worldwide stage (between 1930 and 1954).
A totally match Serbian squad will surely be favourites to increase Cameroon’s shedding run. Nevertheless, given the health struggles of Serbia’s instrumental figures, Tune could possibly lead Cameroon to their first World Cup level since he captained the crew himself in 2002.
Prediction: Cameroon 1-1 Serbia