QUICK LINKS

×
  • Sports - Football - Gossips
  • Updated: November 24, 2022

World Cup 2022: Native-Born Embolo's Strike Edge Switzerland Past Cameroon

World Cup 2022: Native-Born Embolo's Strike Edge Switzerland

Breel Embolo

Switzerland edged past Cameroon 1-0 courtesy of a goal against the run of play by Cameroon-born Breel Embolo on Thursday for an opening win in World Cup Group G.

Embolo, born in Yaounde but raised in Basle, struck three minutes after the restart from Xherdan Shaqiri's cutback to put them top of the section.

The 25-year-old refused to celebrate the goal as the small group of Swiss fans cheered wildly at Al Janoub Stadium.

Serbia play Brazil in the other group match later on Thursday.

The Swiss goal came after Cameroon, without a win in the World Cup for 20 years, had dominated the first half, missing several good chances to take the lead.

The Indomitable Lions, who eliminated Algeria in a playoff to qualify for the tournament, had outplayed the Swiss in the first 45 minutes with quick combinations, speed and power as their opponents remained toothless up front.

They carved out their first chance after 10 minutes with Bryan Mbeumo testing goalkeeper Yann Sommer before Karl Toko Ekambi sent his rebound over the bar.

The Swiss were in trouble again a little later with in-form forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatching the ball from an opponent to charge into the box only for Sommer to block his effort.

In search of their first win at a World Cup in 20 years, Cameroon were bolder, taking on their opponents in one-on-one situations, while the Swiss rarely managed to get into their opponents' box.

Switzerland, who reached the round of 16 in the two previous World Cups, struck at the start of the second half with Xherdan Shaqiri cutting into the box and Embolo tapping in what proved to be the winner.

An almost identical move just past the hour almost saw the Swiss score again but Ruben Vargas's shot was pushed wide by keeper Andre Onana who kept his team in the game.

The Swiss next play Brazil on Monday with Cameroon taking on Serbia.

"I hope we can score a lot of goals."

Tags

Join our Telegram platform to get news update Join Now
Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

More From this Author

World Cup 2022/2023 TABLE

World Cup
No Teams P Pts
1 Netherlands 3 7
2 Senegal 3 6
3 Ecuador 3 4
4 Qatar 3 0
No Teams P Pts
1 England 3 7
2 USA 3 5
3 Iran 3 3
4 Wales 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Poland 3 7
2 Mexico 3 4
3 Argentina 3 3
4 Saudi Arabia 3 3
No Teams P Pts
1 France 3 6
2 Australia 3 6
3 Tunisia 3 4
4 Denmark 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Japan 3 6
2 Spain 3 4
3 Germany 3 4
4 Costa Rica 3 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Morocco 3 7
2 Croatia 3 5
3 Belgium 3 4
4 Canada 3 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Brazil 2 6
2 Switzerland 2 3
3 Cameroon 2 1
4 Serbia 2 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Portugal 2 6
2 Black Stars 2 3
3 South Korea 2 1
4 Uruguay 2 1
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan
Shaqiri
SE Sweden
  • HEIGHT

    1.69 m

  • WEIGHT

    72 kg

  • AGE

    31

View Profile

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Switzerland
Switzerland

Switzerland National Team represents Switzerland in international football. The national team is controlled by the Swiss Football Associati...

Cameroon
Cameroon

The Cameroon national also known as the Indomitable Lions football team represents Cameroon men's international football players and is...

0 Comment(s)

SPONSORED

See this post in...