The Swiss national team beat Cameroon 1-0 this Thursday in the opening match of Group G of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which was refereed by the Argentine Facundo Tello, played at the Al Janoub stadium in Al Wakrah.
The only goal was scored by Breel Embolo, a Swiss nationalized Cameroonian, three minutes into the second half, a conquest that was not celebrated by the French Monaco striker due to his origin.
In the first half, despite having less possession, the Africans came with more danger over the fence of Yann Sommer, who always responded correctly, against a Swiss team that had no depth.
At the beginning of the final stage, Embolo made the difference and the Swiss justified, even had chances to increase the score, if it were not for the solvency of goalkeeper André Onana and the lack of forcefulness.
The match was held at the Al Janoub Stadium, located in the city of Al Wakrah, 15 kilometers from the center of Doha, with a capacity of 40,000 spectators, starting at 7:00 in Argentina and with the refereeing of the Argentine Facundo Tello, assisted by his compatriots Ezequiel Brailovsky and Gabriel Chade.
Before the start of the game, the president of FIFA, the Italian-Swiss Gianni Infantino, presented a plaque of recognition to former Cameroonian striker Roger Milla, who remains the oldest footballer to score a goal in a World Cup, at the age of 42. and 39 days, in the United States World Cup in 1994.
Switzerland had the ball for a longer time through Granit Xhaka and trying to cause danger with Xherdan Xaquiri and Ruben Vargas, although they did not achieve their goal; while the Africans playing counterattack with Frank Zambo Anguissa in gestation and Erik Choupo Mouting were more dangerous and demanded more from the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Somer.
How did they arrive
Switzerland and Cameroon, along with Serbia (the fourth team in the group), are aware that with a power like Brazil, with a team full of stars and for many the best candidate for the title, they will have to play for second place in the round of 16 final and therefore the comparisons between these teams will be essential.
The Helvetians are playing their 12th World Cup, fifth in a row, and the furthest they have gone is to the quarterfinals, 1934, 1938 and 1954, that last time at home.
The European team counts veterans Granit Xhaka (Arsenal of England and U-17 world champion) and Xherdan Shaqiri (born in Kosovo and playing for Chicago Fire in MLS) as stars, and they got used to participating in big competitions.
Since 2006, they only did not attend the Eurocup in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, and only in South Africa 2010 did they stay in the group stage, despite beating Spain in their debut, which would later be world champion.
Switzerland’s coach is Murat Yakin, who replaced Croatian Vladimir Petkovic (he has led the team for the past seven years) and is the brother of Hakan Yakin, who played 97 games with the Swiss national team.
Cameroon is playing its ninth World Cup and it did its best in Italy 1990, when they beat Argentina in Milan, in the opening match giving a big surprise, and being left out in the quarterfinals against England in extra time with striker Roger Milla.
Cameroon’s history includes five titles as African champion (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017) being third in the last edition where he was local and was left out in the semifinals against Egypt.
Among his figures we can highlight Vincent Aboubakar, striker for Al-Nassr of Arabia, with 87 matches and 33 goals in his national team; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, striker for Bayern Munich; and the midfielder Pierre Kounde, from Olympiakos of Greece.
Cameroon’s coach is Rigobert Song, 46, who directed the Cameroonian sub-23 until this year when he took over as coach of the senior team.