Cameroon vs. Brazil: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and 2014 World Cup Preview

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Cameroon vs. Brazil: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and 2014 World Cup Preview
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Top will take on bottom this Monday as Brazil seek to bounce back from a miserable 0-0 result against Mexico, where Luiz Felipe Scolari's men looked far from the confident outfit that triumphed over Croatia 3-1 in the World Cup opener.

The Indomitable Lions are already out of the tournament's proceedings but can hope to dish out one more damaging blow before they depart, and there's not a bigger dent that could be left than denying the tournament hosts qualification.

Brazil's final pool fixture will decide whom, if anyone, Scolari's side takes on in the round of 16. All viewing information and a match preview are detailed ahead.

 

Date: Monday 23 June

Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), ESPN Player (US, subscription required)

TV Info: ITV (UK), ESPN2 (US)

 

Key Players to Watch

Cameroon: Joel Matip

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With Cameroon already eliminated from competition, Joel Matip may well be able to think of more appetising tasks than ending a World Cup facing a Brazil attack with no vast benefits to come from a win.

However, the Schalke defender nevertheless holds a massive responsibility as one of the most composed members of the Cameroonian back line, if not the most composed, a presence that Goal.com's Ed Dove praises as being one of his team's better options:

Against Croatia, Matip floated between centre-back and deep-lying midfield, and although it proved ineffective in that 4-0 defeat, Matip's influence in both restricting the Selecao's flow from midfield, as well as repelling the likes of Fred and Neymar, will be critical.

 

Brazil: Paulinho

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Having failed to hit the heights that Brazil fans know he is capable of so far in this World Cup, there is a chance that Paulinho may be dropped for the final group game against Cameroon.

ESPN's Musa Okwonga feels the playmaker shouldn't have started in the 0-0 draw against Mexico:

That being said, the Tottenham midfielder can turn his hopes around should Scolari remain faithful and stick with a two-man pivot of Paulinho and Luiz Gustavo, who can each hope to take advantage of Cameroon's brash and sometimes unorganised approach.

Croatia and Mexico may not have allowed for it, but Cameroon will be far more prone to turning possession over against a high Brazilian line that Paulinho can swiftly shift into attack, making for a far more promising expedition.

 

Key Battle

Benoit Assou-Ekotto vs. Hulk

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Hulk was a big miss for Brazil against Mexico, where his offensive impetus off the right flank just wasn't evident during a fixture lacking in determination for the hosts.

Sky Sports' South American correspondent, Paulo Frietas, says that the Zenit St Petersburg attacker was, however, back in Scolari's starting XI during training, giving a sign that he's set to make a quick recovery for the Cameroon fixture.

And there, the forward will come up against Benoit Assou-Ekotto, one of the Africans' more impressive figures at this World Cup.

Both players have the capacity to inject a great deal of speed into their respective attacks, and while Hulk may not give as much as some wingers in a defensive sense, his lurking could well take advantage of Assou-Ekotto's wandering upfield, taking hold of any exposed space down the Cameroonian left flank.

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