AGAINST’This is the eighth consecutive World Cup defeat for the Indomitable Lions, who lost a goal to Cameroonian striker Bril Embolo and were stuck in the starting blocks in the very close Group G of the 2022 World Cup. and Serbia. “Nati”, she stays in the race. In the next match, “against Brazil, we may have to defend a little more, but this victory gives us confidence,” coach Murat Yakin relishes.

Embolo, a native of Yaoundé Balua, celebrated his goal in the most modest manner possible, raising his hands to the sky in celebration, palms forward in apology. “It’s a dream come true. I’m extremely proud of myself and my family,” the German-speaking player said shortly after the meeting. “We’re happy with this start to the tournament, congratulations to my team. And I wish all the best to Cameroon.”

This goal owes a lot to the former Nati: the move from Granit Xhaka to Xherdan Shaqiri, whose perfectly tuned centre-back found the Monaco striker (48e). “We played very maturely,” notes Yakin. “We are a team that knows each other well, we have been playing together for a long time. »

But far more than Embolo, the Cameroonians can blame themselves for missing their chances in the first period.

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The lions started strong

The Lions created opening chances behind right-back Silvan Widmer. But Brian Mbeumo misaimed (10e), and Erik-Maxim Choupo-Moting was handed over to Manuel Akanji (14 years old).e). Martin Hongla was then blocked by Jann Sommer (30e).

The Cameroonian strikers lacked the efficiency of their glorious senior Roger Mill, whom FIFA President Gianni Infantino awarded the title of the oldest scorer in the history of the World Cup before the start of the match. Milla shone in the 1990 World Cup, scoring four goals, scoring his last goal at the age of 42 in 1994. The Lions’ last World Cup scorer is Joel Matip, who briefly equalized the score with the Brazilians (4-1) in Brasilia. in 2014, until the next defeat.

Switzerland remained harmless for a long time, dangerous especially on set pieces, headers from loops to corners, Nico Elvedi (40e), then Akanji (45e + 1).

Murat Yakin’s 4-2-3-1 center Brel Embolo, who played against his homeland, was physically outplayed by center Nicolas Nkulu-Jean-Charles Castelletto. The Nantes player scored a magnificent and risky tackle to clear the ball out from under the Swiss striker’s goal (40e).

To his left, Brian Mbeumo, in particular, missed his match as he was impressed by the event.

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Embolo’s fratricidal target

Clearly dominating the first period, the Swiss struck as soon as they returned from the locker room. Ruben Vargas knocked them out, but Andre Onana made a great save (66e).

After Embolo’s goal, the Cameroonians were hardly more dangerous than other African teams. “After the match, I congratulated Brel on his attitude towards his goal because we are friends and we have a bit of a similar story,” said Jean-Pierre Nsame, the Indomitable Lions forward who has been playing for a long time… Switzerland, Young Boys Berne. “He was born in Cameroon and I spent a lot of time in Switzerland. He is modest. I told him that if I had scored, I would have done the same, ”added the top scorer of the Swiss Championship in 2020 and 2021, who took his place on the bench of the Indomitable Lions. Cameroonian coach Rigobert Song also “congratulates” him: “We must remain honest, it’s not because we lost, we won’t be brothers anymore. »

Cameroon still enjoys a huge sympathy rating after Milla’s corner post dance steps, but they’ve only won one World Cup match since then. It was in 2002 in a match against Saudi Arabia (1:0) with a goal from the current president of the federation (Fekafut) Samuel Eto’o, who put a lot of pressure on his team to win the World Cup. We should already finally win the next match, on Monday against Serbia…

While Asia shines with Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 wins over Argentina and Japan’s 2-1 wins over Germany, CAF officials still haven’t scored a single goal in Qatar.

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* Cameroon group stage matches: November 28 vs. Serbia at 11:00 French time; December 2 against Brazil at 20:00 French time.