Switzerland midfielder and captain Granit Xhaka greets Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana on the finish of their FIFA World Cup Group G match in Al Wakrah, Qatar. AP
Doha: Granit Xhaka stated Switzerland “can beat anybody” on the World Cup after Breel Embolo’s aim secured a 1-0 victory over Cameroon of their opening match on Thursday.
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The Swiss have reached the final 16 on the final two World Cups however play match favourites Brazil subsequent earlier than concluding their Group G marketing campaign in opposition to Serbia.
Switzerland made the quarter-finals at Euro 2020 after knocking out present world champions France and Xhaka feels his aspect could possibly be one of many darkish horses in Qatar.
“It’s not likelihood, once you have a look at the final 10 to 12 years we’ve got been in the principle tournaments,” the Swiss captain stated.
“Brazil is the favorite for the match for my part. Now we have to hassle them as we did in 2018.”
Switzerland drew 1-1 with Brazil of their first sport on the 2018 World Cup, the place in addition they beat Serbia 2-1 due to targets from Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.
“I feel Brazil can put three groups within the beginning 11. Big, large skills. Huge, massive high quality,” stated Xhaka.
“However it’s one sport over 90 minutes. Something can occur in a single sport. We must be very compact and never make silly errors since you pay for that.
“Our crew is way more skilled than 4 years in the past. We’re wanting ahead to our subsequent match. On our day we are able to beat anybody.”
Xhaka praised the Yaounde-born Embolo for his winner in opposition to the nation of his beginning, which he left as a toddler.
Embolo held up his fingers apologetically after scoring early within the second half.
“It’s by no means straightforward enjoying in opposition to the nation of your beginning however Breel was nice as we speak. I do know he saved quiet after his aim however we want Breel for his targets,” stated Xhaka.
Embolo was granted Swiss citizenship in 2014 and pledged his worldwide allegiance to his adopted homeland.
“That’s a part of the sport,” stated Cameroon boss Rigobert Track. “We’re all pleased with our nation and also you noticed he didn’t have fun the aim. That is half and parcel of soccer.
“I’m comfortable and I’m additionally pleased with him. He’s enjoying for the Switzerland nationwide crew, I’d have appreciated him to be on my aspect however that’s simply life.”
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