the Swiss Breel Embolo shuts down Cameroon, his native country

the Swiss Breel Embolo shuts down Cameroon, his native country

the Swiss Breel Embolo shuts down Cameroon, his native country

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Cameroon lost their World Cup opener to Qatar. 1-0 defeat against Switzerland with a goal by Breel Embolo, a native of Yaoundé under Nati where he arrived at the age of 6.

When Breel Embolo betrayed André Onana in 48And minute, his first instinct was to celebrate his first World Cup goal. Then he understood. And as promised, he lowered his head and stopped. Because Switzerland’s victory against Cameroon inevitably leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the young 25-year-old striker. It is his country of birth with which he maintains deep ties.

He preferred Switzerland

“I have good relations with several players, they are really friends. This match is a bit of a direct and indirect conflict (laughs). I know there will be a lot of emotion,” explained most of the Cameroonians Swiss on the eve of the match. And his emotion didn’t stop him from playing his role as the spearhead of Nati.

Embolo was granted a Swiss passport in 2014. When it came to choosing his selection, he turned down an offer from Cameroon who wanted to take him to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. However, he chose Switzerland where he arrived at the age of 6 after a short stay in France.

He has never forgotten Cameroon: “I have many friends there, most of my family lives there, my father still lives in Cameroon,” he explained on the eve of the match, assuring that he was the first fan of the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon ruins

Indomitable lions who can harbor regrets. Cornered in the first quarter of an hour, the Cameroonians above all know how to become dangerous in fast transitions. Mbeumo was thus found in the depths. However, he chooses to ignore Choupo-Moting at the far post, preferring a cross that Sommer blocks. The ball then misses on Toko-Ekambi who pushes over his half volley (10And). Situation reversed a few minutes later with the Bayern striker saving himself but not crossing for his compatriot from Brentford (14′And).

“Nati” fell back and Cameroon took control of the match, Hongla signaled with a try that Sommer rejected. Toko-Ekambi goes very close to push deep, but is rejected in extremis by a Swiss defender (30And). Collins Fai overflows on the right and serves a low cross for Toko-Ekambi, but Widmer hits it in front of goal to save the danger (35′)And).

However, Switzerland recalls shortly before the break that it hasn’t gone at all in the quarterfinals of Euro-2021 : Embolo escapes and it takes a comeback in extremis and a perfect tackle from Castelleto to save the Cameroonian homeland. On the following corner, the ball ends up on Elvedi’s head. His recovery touches the post (44And).

It was upon returning from the locker room that Embolo knocked out his friends. Xhaka only finds Freuler in the axis moving Shaqiri right. The latter center from the penalty spot for the native of Yaoundé who concludes easily (48And1-0).

In reaction, Choupo-Moting runs a small number on the surface down the line. He takes advantage of it from a tight angle but Sommer deflects for a corner (55And).

If the Swiss come close to doubling twice (65And and 66And), Cameroon plays at the end of the game. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gives way to the emblematic Vincent Aboubakar, CAN’s top scorer, to the applause of the Cameroonians who made the trip. But the latter fails to reverse the situation.

The African teams still don’t make it in this World Cup in Qatar. Before Ghana’s match against Portugal [17 heures, heure de Paris], neither have managed to score a goal since the start of the tournament. Above all, the Cameroonians have greatly complicated their chances of reaching the round of 16, while they still have to face Serbia and above all Brazil. Embolo must hope that his Cameroonian family will forgive him.

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