Brill Embolo scored the only goal of the match.© AFP
Brill Embolo A goal against the country of his birth saw Switzerland get off to a winning start to their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon on Thursday. Embolo struck three minutes into the second half at the Al Janoub Stadium as Switzerland secured a crucial three points in a group that included tournament favorites Brazil and Serbia. Cameroon lost their last eight matches at the 2002 World Cup.
Roger Milla was presented with an award before kick-off as the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history, a reminder of past glories for Cameroon who have won just one match since reaching the quarter-finals 32 years ago.
Cameroon coach Rigobert Song, who played in four World Cups with the 42-year-old Milla in 1994, opted for the in-form Eric Maxim Choupeau-Motting to lead the attack in place of the usual captain Vincent Abubakar. African teams made an encouraging start in Qatar after failing to get past five group stages in 2018, but Cameroon will regret not being able to make more of their controlled first half.
Brian fired at Mbeumo Ian Sommer Karl Toko Ekambi pounced on the rebound after a great ball from Martin Hongler.
Sommer then got down to avoid Choupo-Motting and he put the ball away Manuel AkanjiA questionable foul was given against the Bayern Munich striker though. Sylvan Widmer Toko Ekambi had an important challenge to stop when he turned in a cross from Collins Fie and Sommer Hongler pushed away a weak effort.
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Akanji glanced wide in a corner as Cameroon stopped the stroke of half-time but there was no escape as they were again caught napping at the start of the second half. Granite Jaka And Remus Fowler Work the ball wide out to the right Xherdan Shaqiri Whose low cross was swept home by an unmarked embolo, who chose not to celebrate against the country of his birth.
Choupo-Moting weaved his way beautifully past a couple of defenders in the box but couldn’t beat Sommer from a tight angle. Andre Onana kept Cameroon in the game with a superb stop to deny Ruben Vargas who found himself completely free to score almost a carbon copy of Mbolo’s goal.
Only a desperate block resistance Haris Seferovic From adding a late second. Song said the rankings meant nothing coming into the tournament, but Cameroon’s eighth World Cup appearance risked being cut short with games against Serbia and Brazil.
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