Breel Embolo scored towards his native nation as Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0, making a profitable begin to their World Cup marketing campaign on Thursday.
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Embolo scored three minutes into the second half on the Al Janoub Stadium and Switzerland secured three very important factors in Group G, which incorporates match favorites Brazil and Serbia.
“It is fairly particular to him due to his ties to Cameroon. I’m very comfortable that he performs for us,” stated Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer. “He is at all times there once you want him.”
Cameroon have misplaced their final eight World Cup matches relationship again to 2002.
Coach Rigobert Music stated his facet’s low rating meant nothing for the match, however Cameroon’s eighth World Cup participation is prone to be one other brief one.
“It is a feeling of disappointment. We wished extra however soccer at this degree is set within the small particulars. There was a brief break and we conceded a purpose” Music stated.
“However we all know that something remains to be attainable. We nonetheless have two video games to play and we all know we’ve got no extra room for error.”
Roger Milla was honored earlier than kick-off because the oldest goalscorer in World Cup historical past, a reminder of previous glories for Cameroon who’ve gained only one match since reaching the quarter-finals 32 years in the past.
Music, who performed in 4 World Cups, together with one with a 42-year-old Milla in 1994, opted for in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to steer the assault instead of ordinary captain Vincent Aboubakar.
African sides had began encouragingly in Qatar in spite of everything 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 Sommer after an outstanding 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 towards the Bayern Munich ahead.
Silvan Widmer made a significant problem to forestall Toko Ekambi from changing Collins Fai’s cross into the web 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 once they had been caught dozing once more early within the second half.
Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler mixed to ship the ball vast down Xherdan Shaqiri’s proper whose low cross into the field was cleared by an unmarked Embolo.
Embolo, born in Cameroon, selected to not have a good time, elevating his arms in apology.
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 his facet within the recreation with an excellent cease to disclaim Ruben Vargas a near-carbon copy of Embolo’s purpose, however Cameroon by no means appeared to seek out an equaliser.
Solely a determined block prevented Haris Seferovic from including a second within the ultimate for the Swiss.