On what could have been an even greater night for the African side, another shock result this time did not have the desired outcome as Switzerland's win over Serbia made Cameroon's progress impossible, irrespective of the 1-0 victory at the Lusail Stadium. For a brief period Aboubakar's superb header in the third minute of added time had Cameroon believing in the impossible and federation president Samuel Eto'o frantically checking his phone in the VIP section for news from Stadium 974. Aboubakar was shown a second yellow card for removing his shirt and when when the whistle sounded on Cameroon's first World Cup win in 20 years they did not have long to wait to discover their fate.
Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring in a fiery end-to-end first half before Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled six minutes later. Dusan Vlahovic handed Serbia their first lead after 35 minutes but saw it cancelled out by Breel Embolo who sent the sides level into the break. It took Remo Freuler just three minutes to net the eventual winner after the restart and - despite chances for both sides - ensured Switzerland sealed second spot in Group G. Switzerland edged the 2018 group-stage encounter between the two sides when Granit Xhaka cancelled out Mitrovic's opener and Shaqiri fired in a last-gasp winner.
South Korea’s stoppage-time winner against Portugal sent them through and Uruguay home.