Serbia held out for just over an hour against Brazil, before succumbing to two Richarlison strikes. The Eagles, who sit 21st in the FIFA Rankings, did, however, fail to register a shot on target against the pre-tournament favourites. Serbia now faces Cameroon, ranked 43rd in the world, coming into the tournament. The Indomitable Lions were beaten by a goal from a man born in Cameroon, Breel Embolo, as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland. That game was closely contested, with Cameroon having 49% of the possession, and even managing five shots on target to Switzerland’s three.
The only previous meeting between these two nations was 12 years ago and that friendly ended in a 4-3 win for Serbia. The European side is likely to continue with the 3-4-2-1 formation they used in their opening game, while Cameroon is expected to opt for 4-3-3. Since 1998, only nine of the 73 teams to lose their opening group game have qualified out of the group, but a win for either of these Matchday 1 losers would put them back in with a chance of qualification.