Heavily tipped group G began in the soccer World Cup with the match Switzerland–Cameroon. The match turned out to be just as low-scoring and careful as predicted, and Breel Embolo’s strike saved three points for Switzerland in the end.
The match was started cautiously by both teams. Cameroon in particular played passively from the start, allowing Switzerland to have much of the possession. However, the Swiss did not get any clear scoring chances at the start of the match.
Towards the end of the opening half, Cameroon took the upper hand. Still, Switzerland have an impressive defense that had no problem stopping Cameroon’s attack. Cameroon’s big attacking star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Bayern Munich was also effectively eliminated.
The first half offered only one good scoring chance for Cameroon, while Switzerland did not get a single shot at Cameroon’s goal.
Embolo struck at his old homeland
After the sleepy first half, the second started with a Swiss lead. Xherdan Shaqiri provided a brilliant pass from the wing and Cameroon-born Breel Embolo fired the ball into the goal to make it 1-0 to Switzerland in the 48th minute.
Embolo, who normally plays in the French league for Monaco, showed great presence of mind, celebrating the goal against his old homeland very modestly. For the goalscorer, the match was of great emotional importance.
– It is very special. My parents are from Cameroon and a large part of my family. It is a special match for me and my family, Embolo told reporters before the match, according to Reuters.
The leisurely pace of the match suited Switzerland well, who had no difficulty playing their solid defensive game throughout the match. With the 1–0 victory, Switzerland gets a dream start to the WC tournament. Important for Switzerland in view of the continued tournament, in addition to the victory, is also that the top goalkeeper Yann Sommer was fit to play after his injury.
The opening game in Group G does not bode well for Cameroon’s chances in the World Cup, because the opposition will not be easier in the future. In the second match today in Group G, Brazil play Serbia starting at 21:00.