●Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon
●Uruguay versus South Korea
●Portugal v Ghana
●Brazil versus Serbia
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Breel Embolo scored in opposition to his native nation as Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0, making a profitable begin to their World Cup marketing campaign on Thursday.
Embolo scored three minutes into the second half on the Al Janoub Stadium as Switzerland secured three very important factors in a bunch together with match favorites Brazil and Serbia.
Cameroon have misplaced their final eight World Cup matches courting again to 2002. Roger Milla was honored earlier than kick-off because the oldest goalscorer in World Cup historical past, a reminder of previous glories for Cameroon as they gained only one sport since reaching the quarterfinals 32 years in the past.
Cameroon coach Rigobert Track, who performed in 4 World Cups, together with one with a 42-year-old Milla in 1994, has opted for an in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to guide the assault rather than regular captain Vincent Aboubakar.
African sides had began encouragingly in Qatar in any case 5 sides did not progress by means of the group stage in 2018, however Cameroon will remorse not having greater than a managed first half.
Bryan Mbeumo fired at Yann Sommer after an excellent by means of ball from Martin Hongla earlier than Karl Toko Ekambi pounced on the rebound.
Sommer then got here down low to make a save from Choupo-Moting after he cleared the ball from Manuel Akanji, though a questionable foul was dedicated in opposition to the Bayern Munich ahead.
Silvan Widmer made a significant problem to stop Toko Ekambi from changing Collins Fai’s cross into the online and Sommer parried Hongla’s weak shot.
Akanji glanced off the sphere as Cameroon fizzled out on the stroke of half-time, however there was no escape after they have been caught dozing once more early within the second half.
Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler deflected extensive on the proper for Xherdan Shaqiri whose low cross into the field was swept residence by an unmarked Embolo, who selected to not rejoice in opposition to his native nation.
Choupo-Moting made his means neatly previous a pair of defenders within the field however was unable to beat Sommer from a good angle.
Andre Onana stored Cameroon within the sport with a superb cease to disclaim Ruben Vargas who discovered himself utterly free in an virtually carbon copy of Embolo’s purpose.
Solely a determined block prevented Haris Seferovic from including a second within the remaining levels. Track mentioned the standings meant nothing for the match however Cameroon’s eighth World Cup look is more likely to be short-lived with matches coming in opposition to Serbia and Brazil