It was a race against time, but Yann Sommer won it: Gladbach’s goalkeeper was in the Swiss goal at the start of the Swiss World Cup against Cameroon. He had already made his comeback at the dress rehearsal – but he wasn’t 100 percent fit then.
Standing between the posts at the Swiss World Cup opener against Cameroon: Yann Sommer.
It wasn’t exactly a leisurely 90 minutes that Yann Sommer experienced this Thursday at Al-Wakrah’s Al-Janoub Stadium. Especially in the early stages, the goalkeeper from Switzerland was challenged and prevented both Bryan Mbeumo and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from being 0-1.
The fact that the 33-year-old was in goal at all was also due to the work he had done in the past few weeks. Apparently, Sommer had made a real point landing, as the professional from Borussia Mönchengladbach revealed after the 1-0 win against Cameroon. It was “an up and down” and ultimately “really close”, the goalkeeper told the Swiss media, but now he is “very happy that the foot is good again”.
Ultimately, the three points count – and they are incredibly valuable.
Before the finals in Qatar, Sommer had missed five Borussia games. He then returned at the Swiss World Cup dress rehearsal against Ghana a week ago – but apparently he wasn’t completely free of symptoms, because after the game on Thursday Sommer admitted: “Yesterday at the final training session it was the first time that I was pain-free could do.” Dortmund’s goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was only left as a reserve player. Summer was in goal – and convinced.
Afterwards, the Gladbach native emphasized the importance of the start. “Everyone knows how important the first game is to get into the tournament and take the positive momentum with you,” said Sommer, “it’s clear that not everything always worked out and that we were tense in some situations. Ultimately, however, the three count Points – and they are incredibly valuable.”