Brazil Down Cameroon After Extra Time

Brazil 2-0 Cameroon

Brazil needed 30 extra minutes to see off a tricky Cameroon side and reach the Olympic semi-finals.

Much-fancied Brazil's clash with Cameroon was hotly anticipated, but it would prove to be more of a slow-burner than expected in the Olympic Stadium of Shenyang.

Albert Baning saw red for the physical African side, but Cameroon managed to force extra time before the South Americans finally clinched victory through Rafael Sobis and Marcelo.

Eight years ago, Cameroon downed Brazil through a Golden Goal and were looking to do so again in Beijing on Saturday.

They set about A Seleção with some tough tackling and thus intimidated Brazil looked a shadow of the side that has dazzled the eye during this tournament.

The Indomitable Lions were down to ten men on 51 minutes when Albert Baning was shown his second yellow as referee Damir Skomina punished Martin Ndtoungou's men for persistent fouling.

Still, Brazil were limited to a fierce Anderson drive which was saved well by the goalie in terms of chances.

Reading star Andre Bikey was in sensational form as Cameroon stifled their classy opposition, who struggled throughout to impose their creative will.

Dunga sent on Thiago Neves midway though the second half, but the forward couldn't make a major impact during the 90.

As extra time got underway, one feared for the ten men in terms of fatigue. A frustrated Ronaldinho was ranting and raving on the pitch as he took on water and it was clear that the Milan man was desperate to keep his nation on track for gold.

Brazilian hearts were in mouths when 'keeper Renan punched weakly, but Bebey was too excitable and thumped over the bar.

On 100 minutes, though, Brazil finally got their act together and made the breakthrough. Cameroon lost the ball in midfield, and Rafael Sobis raced through. The goalie rushed out prematurely and Sobis clipped home the opener.

Then, a passage of brilliance eased Brazil through to the semis. Ronaldinho worked the ball on the left, the onrushing Marcelo skipped over the winger's pass and Thiago Neves chipped the ball into his path. Left-back Marcelo was brave as he sliced wonderfully past the 'keeper to make it two.

Serge Ngal led the late assault on the Brazilian goal, but had a fine effort saved as time ticked away.

Thus it finished and, despite a nervy, frustrating game, Brazil are still in contention having ground out the win.

An exciting match that saw one red card and two goals from Brazil. Brazil is now into the Semi-finals of Olympic Men’s football tournament.

51′ A. Baning (red card)

101′ [1 - 0] A.R. Sobis

105′ [2 - 0] V.d.S.J. Marcelo

101′ [1 - 0] A.R. Sobis

105′ [2 - 0] V.d.S.J. Marcelo

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