Vincent Aboubakar's Heroic Showing for Cameroon at World Cup 2022 Reignites Comments Made About Mohamed Salah

Vincent Aboubakar's Heroic Showing for Cameroon at World Cup 2022 Reignites Comments Made About Mohamed Salah

  • Vincent Aboubakar has backed his claims that he is good as Mohamed Salah
  • Cameroon were 3-1 down to Serbia when Aboubakar was introduced from the bench
  • His performance inspired one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history

Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench, to inspire a heroic turnaround for the Indomitable Lions at the FIFA World Cup.

The Central Africans were trailing 3-1 against Serbia and looked out of sorts, until Head Coach Rigobert Song decided to bring on Aboubakar.

Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon, Egypt, World Cup, Mohammed Salah
Vincent Aboubakar celebrates after scoring against Serbia. Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT.
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The burly striker had been left on the bench for the second game running, in favour of the in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Eight minutes after his introduction, the 30-year-old beat a close offside trap to race through on goal, and lobbed a wonderful effort to lessen the deficit. He then set up Choupo-Moting seconds later to restore parity.

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Aboubakar made comments on Salah

His performance has reignited some comments he made about Mohamed Salah during the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Aboubakar claimed there was nothing special about Salah and he was unimpressed, despite the Egypt star's status as one of the best footballers Africa has ever produced.

"I can do what he does. I just don't have the opportunity to play in a big club. I understand people's attitudes; he's one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League. It makes sense that when you go on about a player like that, people will talk," he said as quoted by the Mirror.

Salah's Egypt did not make it to Qatar, after a nerve-wracking elimination at the hands of Senegal.

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Aboubakar meanwhile, will have certainly convinced Song of a starting berth when they face Brazil on Friday.

How Aboubakar helped Cameroon

Sports Brief has reported that Cameroon kept alive their hopes of making the World Cup last 16 on Monday, after fighting back from two goals down to draw a thrilling Group G encounter with Serbia.

Coach Song's team looked almost dead and buried after goals from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the Europeans a 3-1 lead early in the second half.

But substitute Aboubakar and Choupo-Moting snatched a draw with two quick-fire strikes just after the hour mark, to leave both the Indomitable Lions and the Eagles on a single point, two behind group leaders Brazil and Switzerland.

Had they lost, Cameroon would have been relying on the Swiss beating Brazil in order to not be eliminated with a game to spare. Instead the African nation have a chance of getting out of the group stage for the first time since 1990.

Source: Sports Brief News