Embolo scores, doesn’t have fun as Swiss win at World Cup

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) — Born in Cameroon however enjoying for Switzerland, after all Breel Embolo would rating when these two nations met on the World Cup.

Embolo promised he wouldn’t have fun if he scored for the Swiss group towards his nation of beginning on Thursday, and he saved his phrase. It turned out to be the one purpose of the match as Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0.

“I might have favored him to be on my aspect,” stated Cameroon coach Rigobert Track, who performed in 4 World Cups for his dwelling nation, “however that’s not the way in which it went.”

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The group waited and watched for Embolo’s response after he scored his twelfth purpose for Switzerland within the Forty eighth-minute off a low cross from Xherdan Shaqiri.

He stood nonetheless within the goalmouth and first held his arms out vast, then raised his palms in a gesture of apology. He put his palms over his mouth as if realizing how profound the second was as his Swiss teammates rushed towards him close to the penalty spot.

Embolo then pointed towards the Swiss followers behind the purpose the place he had scored, after which to the Cameroon followers on the reverse nook of Al Janoub Stadium.

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Even Track felt satisfaction within the 25-year-old ahead, who was born within the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde however performed for Swiss nationwide youth groups earlier than getting a passport from his adopted nation when he was 17.

“I’m joyful for him and in addition happy with him. He’s my little brother. We’ve usually spoken to one another on the telephone,” stated Track, who was requested what he stated to Embolo on the sector after the sport. “I assumed he performed an important sport and I wished to inform him. We’re nonetheless brothers on the finish of the day.”

Switzerland coach Murat Yakin stated he had provided some recommendation to Embolo about coping with his feelings.

“You will be pleasant as much as kickoff,” Yakin stated, “and after that they’re our opponents.”

Embolo left Cameroon along with his household when he was 5. They hung out in France earlier than settling in Switzerland, the nation he’s now representing at a second World Cup.

Embolo spoke to Swiss tv after the match and wished Cameroon luck for the remainder of the event.

It could possibly be a brief World Cup for Cameroon, which nonetheless has to face Brazil and Serbia in Group G and has misplaced eight straight video games on the event courting again to 2002.


Cameroon nice Roger Milla was paraded on the sector earlier than the sport. Followers have been proven a video montage of his targets on the 1990 World Cup, the place Cameroon turned the primary African group to achieve the quarter-finals.

Milla was joined by Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon’s biggest participant who now runs the nation’s soccer federation. Eto’o scored the one purpose when Cameroon final gained a match on the World Cup — a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in 2002.


Referee Facundo Tello had a quieter day than when he despatched off 10 gamers in Argentina simply earlier than coming to Qatar. He confirmed pink playing cards to seven Boca Juniors gamers and three from Racing Membership after an extra-time brawl. In Qatar, Tello confirmed three yellow playing cards and no pink playing cards.


Switzerland will subsequent play Group H favourite Brazil on Monday in Doha, the identical day Cameroon faces Serbia.

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