World Cup where Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0

Brel Embolo of Switzerland scores the first goal during the World Cup Group G football match between Switzerland and Cameroon at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, 24 November 2022. (Petr Josek/AP Photo)

Qatar, Al Wakrah – Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 in Thursday’s World Cup, with a goal from Briel Embolo. He kept his promise not to celebrate a goal against his country of birth.

The Swiss forward from Yaoundé shot with his right foot in the 48th minute, standing alone 8 meters (yards) into the center of the goal, receiving a low pass from Sheldon Shaqiri.

Embolo then smiled wryly, pursed his lips and spread his arms wide before raising his hand in an apology gesture as his teammates rushed to him near the penalty spot.

He pointed to a Swiss fan behind the goal that scored and a Cameroonian fan in the opposite corner of the Al Janoub stadium.

The 25-year-old forward left Cameroon with his family when he was five. They spent time in France before settling in Switzerland, where he is currently representing in his second World Cup.

An African-born player scored, but the African team went scoreless in the four games they played in this World Cup. All were playing top teams, with Morocco and Tunisia drawing 0-0 against Croatia and Denmark respectively.

Cameroon’s World Cup knockout streak stretched from 2002 to eight matches.

Brazil and Serbia are also in Group G and will meet later on Thursday.

Graham Dunbar

Associated Press