A goal by Ambolo early in the second half gives Switzerland the lead against Cameroon

A goal by Ambolo early in the second half gives Switzerland the lead against Cameroon

Al Waqara, Qatar – Brielle Mbolo’s goal lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 World Cup victory over Cameroon on Thursday and he kept his promise not to celebrate scoring against the country where he was born.

The Swiss forward from Yaoundé struck with a right-footed shot in the 48th minute, only to have Xherdan Shaqiri’s low pass eight meters (yards) in the middle of the goalmouth.

Embolo then pursed his lips into a cheeky smile and spread his arms wide, before raising his hands in an apologetic gesture as his teammates rushed him closer to the penalty area.

He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal where he then scored to the Cameroonian fans in the opposite corner of Al Janoub Stadium.

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

Although an African-born player has scored, African teams are now goalless through four matches at this World Cup. All have played higher-ranked teams, and Morocco and Tunisia drew 0-0 against Croatia and Denmark respectively.

Cameroon’s losing streak in World Cup finals tournaments extended to eight games dating back to 2002.

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

In a scoring move for Ambolo, it was too easy for the Swiss to quickly pass the ball from left to right through Cameroon’s defensive lines.

Switzerland’s quick start to the second half contrasted with a lack of urgency in the first half that can hardly be explained by the 1pm kick-off – only one of the seven matches in Qatar is played entirely in daylight. . The temperature soared to 29 °C (84 °F), the humidity was low and most of the game was shaded.

Cameroon missed a clear chance to score in the tenth minute. A long, direct pass from Switzerland’s central defenders led to Karl Toku Akambi to fire a half volley over the bar just 10 meters (yards) out.

Cameron put on little pressure in an attempt to tie the game. Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguisa’s header in the 66th was straight at goalkeeper Jan Sommer, who made an easy save.

On the next play, a Swiss move down the right almost led to a goal but goalkeeper Andre Ona saved from Ruben Vargas.

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Cameron great Roger Milla was paraded on the field before the game. Fans were shown a video montage of his goals at the 1990 World Cup where Cameroon became the first African team to reach the quarter-finals.

Mullah joins Cameroon’s greatest player Samuel Eto’o who now heads its football federation. Eto’o scored the only goal when Cameroon last won the World Cup – 1-0 against Saudi Arabia in 2002.

Referee’s Silent Day

Referee Facundo Tello had a quiet day as he sent off 10 players in Argentina before arriving in Qatar. He showed cards to seven players from Boca Juniors and three from Racing Club after the extra-time clash. Here, Tello showed three yellow cards and no red cards. This was the thirteenth match in the World Cup and no player has been fired yet.

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Switzerland then play Group H favorites Brazil in Doha on Monday evening. Earlier on the same day, Cameroon faced Serbia.

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