The year – 1998. The occasion – the final match of Group B between Cameroon and Chile at the 1998 World Cup in France.
The year - 1998. The occasion - the final match of Group B between Cameroon and Chile (one of the Socceroos- Group opponents in Brazil) at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Cameroon defender Lauren comes on as a second half substitute, his first appearance at the tournament. After only being on the pitch for a matter of minutes, Lauren receives a red card and becomes the 89th player to be sent off in a World Cup. If that-s not enough, his red card came in the 89th minute and it is still one of the fastest send-offs in World Cup history.
For the record, the game finished 1-1 and Cameroon failed to qualify for the Knockout Stage. For Brazil 2014, Cameroon has been drawn in Group A alongside the host nation, Mexico and Croatia.
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