Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon: Embolo condemns birth nation to eighth consecutive World Cup defeat – Soccer News

Breel Embolo scored the winner against his native country as Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 at Al Janoub Stadium in their World Cup Group G opener on Thursday.

The Yaounde-born striker refused to celebrate his second-half goal, but his goal set cheers for the Swiss at full-time as Murat Yakin’s side inflicted Cameroon’s eighth consecutive World Cup defeat, one shy of the record.

The Indomitable Lions had the better of the first half and kept Yann Sommer relatively busy in Switzerland’s net, although there were a few warning signs for Cameroon just before half-time.

Embolo had been involved in one of those incidents and was rightly the man to break the deadlock in the 48th minute, with Switzerland finally having good value for victory after an effective second-half display.

Cameroon started with the bigger goal and should have scored after 10 minutes when Bryan Mbeumo fired at Sommer and Karl Toko Ekambi inexplicably overshot on the rebound.

Undeterred, Cameroon continued to look more menacing, with Martin Hongla testing Sommer from a tight angle 20 minutes later, and a crucial Silvan Widmer clearance denying Toko Ekambi a tap.

Switzerland finished the half stronger, however, and only a last-ditch Jean-Charles Castelletto tackle prevented Embolo from scoring a certain goal before Manuel Akanji nodded just wide in stoppage time.

But there was no denying that just after the break, Embolo fired home the Monaco striker from a low cross from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Andre Onana kept Cameroon in the game just after the hour with a fine stop to thwart Ruben Vargas, but Rigobert Song’s men on the other side couldn’t take advantage.

What does it mean? Vital victory for Switzerland, because it only gets harder from here

With the arrival of Brazil and Serbia, it was essential that Switzerland came through this with a positive result – and it succeeded.

It certainly wasn’t an outstanding performance from a side that Yakin called “one of the best Swiss national teams to ever exist”, but they often played fluidly in the second half.

Switzerland is one of only three European teams to have reached the knockout stage in each of the past four major international tournaments, and this was a big step in continuing that streak in Qatar.

Shaqiri reliable as ever

He may not have the same influence on Switzerland’s overall game as he once did, but Shaqiri just always seems to deliver for his national team. His cross, cleverly pulled back slightly, provided an easy exit for Embolo’s winner and gave the veteran winger his 12th goal for the Swiss in the last four major tournaments, exactly 50 per cent of their tally.

Vargas is frustrated

He was full of running and aiming, but this was largely a frustrating display from the left winger. While his two chances created were a highlight for Switzerland, he squandered two glorious chances: one saw him slice a cross over the goal as Granit Xhaka waited for a tap, and the second involved him failing to beat Onana from close range .

What’s next?

Switzerland face the ultimate test when they wrestle with Brazil on Monday. Cameroon will play against Serbia the same day.

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