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Embolo scores as Switzerland beats Cameroon 1-0 at World Cup – KGET 17

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) – Breel Embola’s goal lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon at the World Cup on Thursday and kept his promise not to celebrate a goal against the country of his birth.

The Swiss striker from Yaounde scored with his right foot in the 48th minute, standing all alone eight meters (yards) in the middle of the goal and taking a low pass from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Embolo then pursed his lips into a wry smile and spread his arms, before raising his arms in apology as his teammates raced near the penalty spot.

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

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

Although the African-born player scored, teams from Africa are now without a goal through the four games they have played at this World Cup. All of them played higher-ranked teams, with Morocco and Tunisia drawing 0-0 against Croatia and Denmark.

Cameroon’s losing streak at World Cup finals stretches back to eight games dating back to 2002.

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

In an attempt for Embolo to score, it was too easy for the Swiss to quickly pass the ball through Cameroon’s defensive lines from the left flank to the right.

Switzerland’s quick start to the second half contrasted with the first half’s lack of urgency, which can hardly be explained by the 1pm kick-off – one of only seven games in Qatar to be played entirely during the day. The heat peaked at 29 Celsius (84 Fahrenheit), the humidity was low and most of the playing area was shaded.

In the 10th minute, Cameroon missed a clear scoring opportunity to take control. A long, straight pass past Switzerland’s central defenders led to Karl Toko Ekambi firing a half-volley high over the bar from just 10 meters (yards).

Cameroon applied little pressure trying to tie the game. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s header in the 66th hit goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who made an easy save.

In the next game, the move of the Swiss down the right flank almost repeated the goal, but goalkeeper Andre Onana saved Ruben Vargas.

MILLA TIME

Cameroon great Roger Milla paraded around the pitch 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.

Milla was joined by Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon’s greatest player who now heads his football federation. Eto’o scored the only goal when Cameroon last won the World Cup — 1-0 against Saudi Arabia in 2002.

JUDGE’S SILENT DAY

Referee Facundo Tello had a quieter day than when he sent off 10 players in Argentina just before arriving in Qatar. After the fight in overtime, he showed red cards to seven players from Boca Juniors and three from Racing Club. Here Tello showed three yellow cards and no red cards. This was the 13th match at the World Cup and no player has been sent off yet.

NEXT

Switzerland will take on Group H favorites Brazil in Doha on Monday night. Earlier in the day, Cameroon face Serbia.

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