Breel Embolo (R) celebrates after scoring his facet’s opening purpose in the course of the World Cup match between Switzerland and Cameroon. AP
Doha: Breel Embolo scored in opposition to the nation of his start as Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0 to make a profitable begin to their World Cup marketing campaign on Thursday.
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Embolo struck three minutes into the second half at Al Janoub Stadium as Switzerland secured a significant three factors in a bunch that features event favourites Brazil and Serbia.
“It’s fairly particular for him due to his hyperlinks to Cameroon. I’m very completely satisfied he’s taking part in for us,” stated Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer. “He’s at all times proper there whenever you want him.”
Cameroon have now misplaced their final eight World Cup matches going again to 2002.
Coach Rigobert Track stated his workforce’s low rating meant nothing coming into the event, however Cameroon’s eighth World Cup look dangers being one other temporary one.
“It’s a sense of disappointment. We wished extra however soccer at this stage is set by small particulars. There was a short let-up and we conceded a purpose,” stated Track.
“However we all know all the pieces continues to be attainable. We nonetheless have two video games to play and we all know we’ve no extra room for error.”
Roger Milla was introduced with an award earlier than kick-off because the oldest goalscorer in World Cup historical past, a reminder of previous glories for Cameroon who’ve received only one sport since reaching the quarter-finals 32 years in the past.
Track, who performed at 4 World Cups together with with a 42-year-old Milla in 1994, opted for the in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to guide the assault instead of traditional captain Vincent Aboubakar.
African groups had made an encouraging begin in Qatar in any case 5 did not get previous the group stage in 2018, however Cameroon will remorse not making extra of a primary half they managed.
Bryan Mbeumo fired at Yann Sommer after an outstanding ball by means of from Martin Hongla earlier than Karl Toko Ekambi lashed over the rebound.
Sommer then received down low to avoid wasting from Choupo-Moting after he pinched the ball away from Manuel Akanji, though a questionable foul was given in opposition to the Bayern Munich striker.
Silvan Widmer made a significant problem to cease Toko Ekambi handing over a cross from Collins Fai and Sommer pushed away a weak effort by Hongla.
Akanji glanced extensive at a nook as Cameroon switched off on the stroke of half-time however there was no such escape once they have been once more caught napping at the beginning the second half.
Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler labored the ball out extensive on the suitable to Xherdan Shaqiri whose low cross into the realm was swept residence by an unmarked Embolo, who selected to not have fun in opposition to his start nation.
Choupo-Moting neatly weaved his well past a few defenders within the field however couldn’t beat Sommer from a good angle.
Andre Onana saved Cameroon within the sport with a superb cease to disclaim Ruben Vargas who discovered himself fully free in an nearly carbon copy of Embolo’s purpose.
Solely a determined block prevented Haris Seferovic from including a late second.
Track stated the rankings meant nothing coming into the event, however Cameroon’s eighth World Cup look dangers being temporary with video games to return in opposition to Serbia and Brazil.
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