Some World Cup matches rely more on the story around it. Switzerland-Cameroon has become such a meeting. Match winner Embolo will be one of the few who will never forget this match.
With Hongla (ex-Antwerp), Fai (ex-Standard) and Oum Gouet (KV Mechelen), three players were at the kick-off in this poster who are known in our competition. Their performance was the most interesting to follow, because it was not about the general game quality. The pace was too slow for that and there was too much waste. Switzerland initially thought to control, but Cameroon could certainly quickly put its foot next to it.
The best and almost only big chance of the first period was also for the Cameroonians. Mbeumo shot at Sommer from a sharp angle, after which Toko Ekambi had the 0-1 at the foot in the rebound. However, the Lyon attacker decided about it. Akanji’s header on a corner kick that went wide was the greatest Swiss danger just before half-time.
Weren’t the Cameroonians awake after the break? In any case, they gave away a lot of space in the first minutes since the restart and Switzerland was happy to take advantage of that. Embolo, of all people, hit the target from inside the box on Shaqiri’s request. The Cameroonian-born striker also did not celebrate, but his goal did count.
Cameroon now had to come a little more and had a hard time with that. That also offered perspective for Switzerland, in one of those possibilities Vargas forgot to kick the ball out of Onana’s reach. So it remained with that one goal for the Swiss. They took the points against a Cameroon that turned out to be completely uninspired since the backlog. Not a superfluous luxury in a group with Brazil.
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