Breel Embolo’s aim lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon on the World Cup and he saved his promise to not rejoice scoring in opposition to 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 metres out in the midst of the goalmouth to take Xherdan Shaqiri’s low go.
Embolo then pursed his lips in a wry smile and held his arms out extensive, earlier than elevating his palms 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 supporters 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 at the moment are scoreless by way 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 in opposition to Croatia and Denmark.
Cameroon’s streak of losses at World Cup finals tournaments prolonged to eight video games courting again to 2002.
Brazil and Serbia are additionally in Group G and they’ll meet at 6am (AEDT).
Within the transfer for Embolo to attain, it was too straightforward for the Swiss to go the ball rapidly by way 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 might hardly be defined by the 1pm kick-off native time — one in all solely seven video games in Qatar being performed solely in daylight. The warmth peaked at 29 Celsius, humidity was low and many of the enjoying space was shaded.
Cameroon wasted a transparent scoring probability to take management within the tenth minute.
A protracted, straight go previous Switzerland’s central defenders led to Karl Toko Ekambi firing a half-volley shot excessive over the bar from simply 10 metres.
Cameroon exerted little strain in making an attempt to degree the sport. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s header within the 66th was aimed immediately 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.
Switzerland will subsequent play Group H favorite Brazil, whereas Cameroon is ready to satisfy Serbia.