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At snack time, Switzerland left it to Cameroon to spice up the match before swallowing it, thanks to a goal from Breel Embolo. Perhaps the only Swiss who would have preferred to let one of his teammates score against his native country.


Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon

Goal: Embolo (48e) for the National

A country of banks should know what a heist is. But that’s what Switzerland is realizing when Breel Embolo reverses roles and throws his hands up. Despite appearances, this is not a surrender, just a mark of respect for a country where the striker was born 25 years ago. He who arrived in Basel at 6 years old promised not to celebrate if he scored against the Indomitable Lions and kept his word. By taking over a cross from Shaqiri, he had just removed a beautiful thorn from the foot of a Nati who had started their World without juice. Annoying for Cameroon who had shown him his game, before no longer having a respondent following the fangs of the native of Yaoundé.

lunch in peace

Does the atmosphere need a little boost? Don’t count on Switzerland for that. The team dear to Gianni Infantino entered its twelfth World Cup with a slow and muffled step, like their supporters thawing in the only sunny corner of the Al-Janoub cooler. To find flavor in this original World Cup poster, between two balanced teams on the menu, you have to bet everything on Cameroon. President Eto’o’s men – present on the lawn before the match for a tribute to Roger Milla – weighed their Swiss rival, before taking out the knives. It was first Bryan Mbeumo who swallowed Manuel Akanji and greedily preferred to hit rather than feast on Choupo-Moting; Yann Sommer pushes back and leaves Karl Toko Ekambi watering above (10e). Four minutes later, the Bayern striker eats from Akanji’s hand and will embed his attempt in the gloves of the Swiss goalkeeper. A fault is whistled at the start, but the tone is set: Cameroon has ideas to apply in depth and puts them into practice half an hour into the game, when the tonic Mbeumo serves Martin Hongla in the box. Sommer is still watching, well assisted by Silvan Widmer, whose tackle of despair frustrates Toko Ekambi, magnificently found by Faï after an opening by Choupo (35e). On the Nati side, the only offensive intentions come down to a sausage from Granit Xhaka, an acceleration from Embolo cut by Castelletto, as well as the crumbs that Elvedi and Akanji could not grab from a corner. 0-0 at the break: it’s not a purge, it only takes two teams to be entitled to a good football match and Switzerland is not there.

The plate sent back to the kitchen, the winners of the Blues at the last Euro can finally sit down to eat. Shifted by Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri then finds his fork, pulls the tablecloth to discover a completely scattered Cameroonian marking: the center of the former Lyonnais touches Breel Embolo left completely alone at the penalty spot (1-0, 48e). Bloated, Cameroon reacted with difficulty with a balancing act from Choupo and a header from Zambo Anguissa, but were close to taking the copy of the first pawn, this time with Widmer in the center and Vargas at the reception. André Onana will be solid on the trajectory (66e). Nothing will move the scoreboard afterwards, the two shots from Xhaka then Seferović not finding the target. Switzerland therefore pockets the three points while Rigobert Song will have to change his recipe if he does not want his Lions to be the turkeys of this group.

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer – Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodríguez (Cömert, 60e) – Freuler, Xhaka–Shaqiri (Okafor, 71e), Sow (Frei, 71e), Vargas (Rieder, 81e) – Embolo (Seferovic, 71e). Coach: Murat Yakin.

Cameroon (4-3-3): Onana – Faï, Castelletto, Nkoulou, Tolo – Zambo Anguissa, Oum Gouet, Hongla (Ondoua, 68e) – Mbeumo (Moumi Ngamaleu, 81st), Choupo-Moting (Aboubakar, 74e), Toko Ekambi (Nkoudou, 74e). Coach: Rigobert Song.

By Mathieu Rollinger, at the Al-Janoub stadium


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