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Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon: Match report, player ratings, expert analysis, fan reaction and more

A lone goal from Cameroon-born Breel Embolo provided the difference maker as potential dark horse Switzerland got off to winning ways in Qatar


Switzerland continues to tap into their tournament know-how as Murat Yakin’s Nati secured a 1-0 win over Cameroon to open their winter campaign at Al Janoub Stadium to set the stage in a very difficult Group G.

Maximum points were needed on the day for both sides with Brazil and Serbia - set to clash later today - still on the docket as the fixture list does not get any easier, but Switzerland proved once again that they cannot be discounted on the international stage after securing passage to the knockout stage in their last four combined tournaments at the World Cup and European Championship coming into the 2022 World Cup.

The lone goal of the day fell to Cameroonian-born AS Monaco striker Breel Embolo secured all the points for the European dark horse on a day where he put a dagger in the heart of the nation of his birth to put Switzerland in good standing. But Cameroon can hold their heads high in what was a strong performance from Rigobert Song’s Indomitable Lions who were on the front foot for the vast majority of the first half, with Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo particularly impressive.

The African side could not turn the balance of play to their advantage though and lacked the final ball to capitalize on their chances before Embolo put the Swiss 1-0 up just after the half-time interval.

Despite the striker’s well-taken effort, the match remained on an even keel as both sides would take 50% of the ball away come full time and despite creating more overall chances, it was Switzerland that could boast the balance of key chances created, with André Onana producing a smart save in the second half to keep his country within a single goal. But as the old cliche goes, better sides will always take their best chances and in the end, it was that one key difference that separated two even sides on the day.



Switzerland Player Ratings

  • Yann Sommer (GK): 7.5
  • Silvan Widmer (RB):
  • Manuel Akanji (CB): 6.5
  • Nico Elvedi (CB): 7.5
  • Ricardo Rodríguez (LB): 7
  • Remo Freuler (CM): 6.5
  • Granit Xhaka (CM): 7
  • Djibril Sow (CAM): 6
  • Xherdan Shaqiri (RW): 7
  • Rúben Vargas (LW): 6.5
  • Breel Embolo (CF): 7
  • Noah Okafor (Sub): 6
  • Fabian Frei (Sub): 6
  • Haris Seferovic (Sub): 6
  • Fabian Rieder (Sub): 6
  • Eray Cömert (Sub): 6

Cameroon Player Ratings

  • André Onana (GK): 7
  • Collins Faï (RB): 6
  • Jean-Charles Castelletto (CB): 7
  • Nicolas Nkoulou (CB): 67
  • Nouhou Tolo (LB): 6.5
  • Samuel Oum Gouet (DM): 6
  • Martin Hongla (CM): 7
  • Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (CM): 7
  • RW: Bryan Mbeumo (RW): 7
  • Karl Toko Ekambi (LW): 6
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (CF): 6.5
  • Gaël Ondoua (Sub): 6
  • Vincent Aboubakar (Sub): 6
  • Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Sub): 6
  • Moumi Ngamaleu (Sub): 6

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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