World Cup 2022: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Breel Embolo secures victory

Switzerland’s Breel Embolo scored the lone goal against his native Cameroon in a closely fought World Cup opener in Group G.

Embolo refused to celebrate when he completed a slick Swiss attack shortly after the break.

The indomitable lions were unlucky to lose after an enterprising display at Qatar’s Al Janoub Stadium.

The win was vital for Switzerland as both sides have yet to face Brazil in the group.

Embolo moved to Switzerland with his family from Cameroon as a six-year-old and pledged his allegiance to the European nation after being granted citizenship in 2014.

At just 18 years old, he founded the Embolo Foundation to support refugee children in Switzerland and underprivileged children in his native country.

He said before the game that it would be “a very special” occasion to play against Cameroon and when he scored, he raised his arms respectfully and closed his eyes.

His attack secured victory for a side with high expectations – boss Murat Yakin has declared his side “the best Swiss side ever” and said he expects them to have their best return at a World Cup.

Still, they struggled in the first half despite a lively start in Cameroon and should have fallen behind, with Eric Choupo-Moting, Bryan Mbeumo and Martin Hongla all missing representative opportunities.

The goal rocked Cameroon and the Swiss had chances to extend their lead, only for Andre Onana to make a superb save from Ruben Vargas, while Embolo and substitute Haris Seferovic were denied by last ditch defence.

The Indomitable Lions have now lost eight consecutive games in the World Cup final, but Rigobert Song’s side has sometimes impressed here.

Their next game against Serbia will be crucial if they are to have any chance of becoming Cameroon’s first team to progress beyond the group stage since 1990.

For Switzerland, the victory gives them breathing space ahead of their match against group favorites Brazil on Monday.

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Switzerland

  1. Selection number1player nameSummer

  2. Selection number3player namededicate

  3. Selection number5player nameAkanji

  4. Selection number4player nameBye

  5. Selection number13player nameRodriguez

  6. Selection number8player nameFreuler

  7. Selection number10player nameXhaka

  8. Selection number23player nameShaqiri

  9. Selection number15player nameSow

  10. Selection number17player namewoe

  11. Selection number7player namePlunger

  1. Selection number9player nameSeferovic

  2. Selection number18player nameGenerous

  3. Selection number19player nameOkaphor

  4. Selection number20player nameFree

  5. Selection number25player namewheels

Cameroon

  1. Selection number23player nameDrunk

  2. Selection number19player nameCollins Fay

  3. Selection number21player namesmall castle

  4. Selection number3player nameNkoulou

  5. Selection number25player nameThree

  6. Selection number8player nameAnguissa

  7. Selection number14player nameUncle Gouet

  8. Selection number18player nameHongla

  9. Selection number20player nameMbeumo

  10. Selection number13player nameChoupo-Moting

  11. Selection number12player nameShop-Ekambi

  1. Selection number5player nameTurn it on

  2. Selection number6player nameI apologize

  3. Selection number7player nameNkoudou

  4. Selection number10player nameaboubakar

Setups

Switzerland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Summer
  • 3dedicate
  • 5AkanjiBooked at 83 minutes
  • 4ByeBooked at 64 minutes
  • 13RodriguezSubstituted forGenerousBee 90′minutes
  • 8Freuler
  • 10Xhaka
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forOkaphorBee 72′minutes
  • 15SowSubstituted forFreeBee 71′minutes
  • 17woeSubstituted forwheelsBee 81′minutes
  • 7PlungerSubstituted forSeferovicBee 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fernandes
  • 6Zakaria
  • 9Seferovic
  • 12Outline
  • 14Aebischer
  • 16carnival
  • 18Generous
  • 19Okaphor
  • 20Free
  • 21Kobel
  • 22Dab
  • 24Old
  • 25wheels
  • 26Jashari

Cameroon

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Drunk
  • 19Fay CollinsBooked at 36 minutes
  • 21small castle
  • 3Nkoulou
  • 25Three
  • 8Anguissa
  • 14Uncle Gouet
  • 18HonglaSubstituted forTurn it onBee 68′minutes
  • 20MbeumoSubstituted forI apologizeBee 81′minutes
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted foraboubakarBee 74′minutes
  • 12Shop-EkambiSubstituted forNkoudouBee 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1By pandouetnbu
  • 2Ngo Mbekeli
  • 4Wow
  • 5Turn it on
  • 6I apologize
  • 7Nkoudou
  • 9same
  • 10aboubakar
  • 11Bassogog
  • 15Could
  • 16Epassy
  • 17An advantage
  • 22Name
  • 24Eboss
  • 26Marou

Referee:
Facundo Tello

Presence:
39,089

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