Qatar 2022, Switzerland-Cameroon 1-0: Embolo launches the Swiss

The Monaco forward scores for his country of birth and gives three precious points to Yakin’s team

The G group of World Cup 2022 in Qatar opens with the victory of Swiss against the Cameroon: in Al Wakrah it ends 1-0 for Yakin’s team, who conquer the first three points of the group which also includes Brazil and Serbia. To decide the match in the 48th minute is Embolus, born right in Yaoundé, who scores from a few paces after Shaqiri’s excellent play on the right. The final attempts of Song’s Indomitable Lions are useless.

THE MATCH
Switzerland warns Brazil and Serbia: the Swiss are well in the running for qualification. In Al Wakrah, in the opening match of group G of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Yakin’s team beat Cameroon 1-0. And fate has it that to score the decisive goal is a player born in the land of the Indomitable Lions: Breel Embolo. The attacker from Monaco takes the chestnuts out of the fire for Switzerland, which in the first half runs the risk of collecting the disadvantage several times. Cameroon, in fact, went close to 1-0 on two close occasions: with Mbuemo’s shot rejected by Sommer and with Toko Ekambi’s rebuttal, who sent a sensationally high shot over the crossbar.

In the second half, however, the decisive play comes in the opening: Shaqiri breaks through on the right and puts Embolo in the center, who can’t go wrong from a few steps away. The 25-year-old scores and apologizes: born in Yaoundé and naturalized Swiss, he scores in his country of origin. Cameroon tries to react with Anguissa’s header, then it’s Onana who avoids the photocopied goal by fending off Vargas’ deflection from a few steps away and blocking Seferovic’s shot in the final, who devours his second goal in added time. An assault from the Africans is expected in the final, but it doesn’t arrive: it ends 1-0, with Switzerland ready to challenge Serbia and Brazil for passage to the round of 16. Cameroon, on the other hand, is already close to elimination: a miracle will be needed against Vlahovic and his companions and against the green-and-gold team.

THE TABLE
SWITZERLAND-CAMEROON 1-0
Switzerland (4-3-3):
Summer 6; Widmer 6.5, Akanji 6, Elvedi 5.5, Rodriguez 6 (45′ st Comert sv); Freuler 6, Sow 5.5 (27′ st Frei 6), Xhaka 6; Shaqiri 6.5 (27′ st Okafor 6), Embolo 7 (27′ st Seferovic 5.5), Vargas 5.5 (36′ st Rieder 6). Available: Omlin, Kobel, Kohn, Fernandes, Zakaria, Aebischer, Fassnacht, Schar, Jashari. All.: yakin 6.5
Cameroon (4-3-3): Onana 6.5; Fai 5.5, Castelletto 6, N’Koulou 6, Tolo 5.5; Oum Gouet 5.5, Anguissa 6, Hongla 5.5 (23′ st Ondoua 6); Mbeumo 5.5 (36′ st Moumi Ngamaleu 6), Choupo-Moting 6 (29′ st Aboubakar 5.5), Toko Ekambi 5 (29′ st N’Koudou 6). Available.: Ngapandouetnbu, Epassy, ​​Ngom Mbekeli, Wooh, Nsame, Bassogog, Kunde, Mbaizo, Ntcham, Ebosse, Marou. All.: Songs 5,5

Referee: Tello (Arg)
Marker: 3′ st Embolo
Ammonite yourself: Fai (C), Elvedi (S), Akanji (S)

THE STATISTICS
Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in exactly half of Switzerland’s 24 goals in their last four appearances in major international tournaments (European Championships + World Cup), scoring eight goals and providing four assists.
Xherdan Shaqiri is now the only player to have been directly involved in at least one goal in each of the last five major international tournaments (European and World Cup) starting from the 2014 World Cup.
Xherdan Shaqiri is the first Swiss player to provide at least one assist in two different World Cups (2018 and 2022) and the oldest Swiss player (31) to provide a winning pass in this competition since Georges Bregy against Romania in 1994 (36 ).
Switzerland are unbeaten in their opening game in their last six World Cup appearances (W3, D3), since a 0-5 draw against Germany in 1966.
Cameroon have won just one of the 15 matches they have played at the World Cup against a European team (D5 L9), that against Romania in 1990 (2-1). Of the 23 teams that have played at least 15 times against an Old Continent nation in the competition, Cameroon has the worst winning percentage (7%).
Breel Embolo has scored in each of his last three caps for Switzerland, his best streak for Switzerland.
Cameroon have lost all of their last eight matches at the World Cup. Only Mexico in the history of the competition has had a longer losing streak (9 between 1930 and 1958).
Xherdan Shaqiri is only the third Swiss player to make 10 World Cup appearances after Valon Behrami and Stephan Lichtsteiner, and only the second to record at least one appearance in four different editions of the competition after Behrami (2010, 2014, 2019, 2022).
Yvan Sommer (33) is the oldest Swiss goalkeeper to play a match at the World Cup after Pascal Zuberbühler (35 in 2006).
Cameroon failed to concede a shot on goal in the first half of a World Cup match for only the second time in their history after the match against Germany in 2002 (again came a defeat).
50th appearance for Remo Freuler with Switzerland, the first at the World Cup with the Swiss national team.
Switzerland now field their second oldest starting XI in a World Cup match (28 years and 238 days) after the one fielded against Brazil in 1950 (28 years and 314 days).

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