Brazil knocked former champions Cameroon out of the Beijing
Olympics football tournament with a 2-0 extra time win in a rough-house
quarter-final here on Saturday.
The Brazilians, five-time World Cup winners but yet to win an Olympics football
gold medal, made the breakthrough in the 101st minute when Betis Sevilla forward
Rafael Sobis was sent clear and chipped the 'keeper to break the deadlock.
Real Madrid's Marcelo made it safe with the second four minutes later after
leadup work by AC Milan's Ronaldinho and substitute Thiago Neves.
The Brazilians now face a semi-final against either defending champions
Argentina or the Netherlands in Beijing on Tuesday.
Cameroon's task was made more difficult when they were reduced to 10 men with
the red-carding of Paris St Germain's Albert Baning seven minutes after halftime
for a second yellow.
It was a niggly, spiteful quarter-final with a total of 13 yellow cards dished
out by Slovenian referee Damir Skomina -- eight against Cameroon and five to
But the Brazilians will not face any disciplinary repercussions ahead of their
semi-final with all five players booked only on their first yellow card.
It was some measure of revenge for Brazil, who were knocked out by the Africans
2-1 at the same stage of the tournament at the Sydney Games in 2000 after extra
time despite finishing the match with nine men.
"Eight years ago we lost to Cameroon with the same situation in extra time,"
Marcelo said. "Tonight we took revenge on them. We erased the past and now I'm
confident about or next game."
Cameroon made the most of their luck going on to beat Chile 2-1 in the
semi-finals with a last-minute goal and Spain in the final on a penalty shootout.
Coach Dunga said he had geared for a physical contest with Cameroon.
"It was a tough game as in every time we play against Cameroon," he said. "They
had strong marking and good circulation of the ball.
"I had in mind to play two forwards in for Ronaldinho, but it ended up with a
change in midfield instead."
Brazil have now scored 11 goals in four matches and have yet to concede a goal
in the Beijing tournament.
"I'm a little disappointed because we played a long time 10 against 11,"
Cameroon coach Martin Ndtoungou said.
"From the beginning we had to substitute one player and it was not good for our
The opening half had few scoring chances but plenty of niggly fouls with referee
Skomina handing out five yellow cards and whistling up 24 fouls.
The best scoring chance came in the 14th minute when Brazilian goalkeeper Renan
finger-tipped a long-range effort from striker Gustave Bebbe over the bar.
Ronaldinho was at the heart of the Brazilian attacks and his corners were
particularly dangerous as the Cameroon defence were forced to head clear.
Cameroon lost Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia after 17 minutes with a leg injury
and he made way for German-based Alain Olle.
Cameroon went a man down when Baning was sent off in the 52nd minute for his
second yellow and a foul on Lucas.
Brazil pressed against the under-manned Cameroonian defence for the remainder of
the half but could not breach their defence before the killer goals in the first
period of extra-time.