Before the tournament began, Brazilian manager, Tite bemoaned his side’s lack of matches against European opponents. After two games against UEFA nations, Brazil have picked up six points and haven’t conceded a goal. The Seleção’s statistics have been impressive: three goals scored, none conceded, with 14 shots on target recorded and none allowed, and an average of 56.5% possession. In the process, Brazil extended their unbeaten run in World Cup Group Stage matches to 17. Cameroon’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland was a closely contested game, with Cameroon recording 49% possession and having five shots on target, while allowing three. However, they were beaten by a goal from a man born in Cameroon, Breel Embolo. A 66th-minute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting goal earned Cameroon a point in a much more open 3-3 draw against Serbia on Matchday 2.
Brazil have lived up to their number one World Ranking so far, and Cameroon have resembled a team ranked 43rd. Although the Indomitable Lions recorded a 1-0 win over Brazil in the 2003 Confederations Cup, the other five previous meetings have gone the way of Brazil, and Cameroon has scored just twice in those six matches. Neymar will miss the game after suffering an injury in Brazil’s first match, but Richarlison is likely to start, having scored nine goals in his last eight games for the Seleção. Brazil are already through to the knockout stages and will guarantee top spot in Group G with a win or a draw. For Cameroon, a Swiss win in the other match dooms them to a Group Stage exit, and only three points will keep their faint hopes alive.