AL WAKRAH, Qatar — Breel Embolo’s aim lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon on the World Cup on Thursday and he stored his promise to not rejoice scoring towards the nation the place he was born.
The Swiss ahead from Yaounde struck with a right-foot shot within the forty eighth minute, standing on their own eight meters (yards) out in the course of the goalmouth to take Xherdan Shaqiri’s low go.
Embolo then pursed his lips in a wry smile and held his arms out broad, earlier than elevating his arms in a gesture of apology as teammates rushed to him close to the penalty spot.
He pointed towards Swiss followers behind the aim the place he had scored then to Cameroon followers on the reverse nook of Al Janoub stadium.
The 25-year-old ahead left Cameroon along with his household when he was 5. They hung out in France earlier than settling in Switzerland, the nation he’s now representing at a second World Cup.
Although an African-born participant scored, groups from Africa are actually scoreless by means of the 4 video games they’ve performed at this World Cup. All have performed higher-ranked groups, and Morocco and Tunisia earned 0-0 attracts, respectively towards Croatia and Denmark.
Cameroon’s streak of losses at World Cup finals tournaments prolonged to eight video games relationship again to 2002.
Brazil and Serbia are additionally in Group G and so they meet later Thursday.
Within the transfer for Embolo to attain, it was too simple for the Swiss to go the ball rapidly by means of the Cameroon defensive strains from left flank to proper.
The quick Swiss begin to the second half contrasted with an absence of first-half urgency that would hardly be defined by the 1 p.m. kickoff — one in every of solely seven video games in Qatar being performed solely in daylight. The warmth peaked at 29 Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), humidity was low and a lot of the enjoying space was shaded.
Cameroon wasted a transparent scoring probability to take management within the tenth minute. An extended, straight go previous Switzerland’s central defenders led to Karl Toko Ekambi firing a half-volley shot excessive over the bar from simply 10 meters (yards).
Cameroon exerted little stress making an attempt to stage the sport. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s header within the 66th was aimed instantly at goalkeeper Yann Sommer who saved simply.
Within the subsequent play, a Swiss transfer down the suitable flank nearly repeated the aim however goalkeeper Andre Onana saved from Ruben Vargas.
Cameroon nice Roger Milla was paraded on the sphere earlier than the sport. Followers had been proven a video montage of his targets on the 1990 World Cup the place Cameroon turned the primary African crew ever to advance to the quarterfinals.
Milla was joined by Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon’s biggest participant who now heads its soccer federation. Eto’o scored the one aim when Cameroon final received on the World Cup — 1-0 towards Saudi Arabia in 2002.
REFEREE’S QUIET DAY
Referee Facundo Tello had a quieter day than when he despatched off 10 gamers in Argentina simply earlier than coming to Qatar. He confirmed pink playing cards to seven Boca Juniors gamers and three from Racing Membership after an extra-time brawl. Right here, Tello confirmed three yellow playing cards and no pink playing cards. This was the thirteenth recreation on the World Cup and no participant has but been despatched off.
Switzerland subsequent performs Group H favourite Brazil on Monday night in Doha. Earlier the identical day Cameroon faces Serbia.
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