Qatar 2022: Why is Vinicius Junior not starting for Brazil vs. Cameroon?


Brazil and Cameroon clash on Matchday 3 of Group G at Qatar 2022. Find out here why Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior is not in La Verde-amarela’s starting lineup.

Brazil have made a great start to Qatar 2022. With comfortable victories against Serbia and Switzerland, La Canarinha secured a place in the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup.

Of course, the football community expected this from the five-time world champions. Tite’s men arrived in Qatar in high spirits having finished top of the Conmebol qualifiers without losing a single match.

Brazil have six points and need only a draw with Cameroon to finish top of their group. It therefore makes sense that Tite made a number of changes to the line-up when Vinicius Junior dropped to the bench.

Why is Vinicius Junior not playing for Brazil against Cameroon

Vinicius Junior doesn’t have any injury, the reason he is not playing against Cameroon is that Tite preferred to rest him. Giving the Real Madrid star more workload isn’t worth the risk. After all, they need Vini at his best for the knockout phase.

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