Switzerland’s clash with Cameroon got Thursday’s action underway at the World Cup with the two sides eyeing up qualification from Group G.
With games against Brazil and Serbia to come, both sides went into the early kick off knowing an opening win would go far in deciding the top two in the group, and it was Switzerland who hit the back of the net first.
Though Cameroon showed some attacking threat in the first half and were arguably the better side, they were hit by the opener at the start of the second half as Xherdan Shaqiri crossed low for Breel Embolo, who whistled the strike past Andre Onana to put his side 1-0 up.
While there have been scenes of exuberant celebrations throughout the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Embolo decided not to celebrate.
The Monaco forward was born in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde. His parents separated while he was still a young child and his mother moved to France. While there, she met her future husband, a Swiss national, and the family soon moved to Basel.
It was at Basel where Embolo would make his first appearance as a professional footballer, having previously played in the youth teams of Nordstern and Old Boys.
Embolo was eligible to play for Cameroon as it’s the country of his birth, but he received Swiss citizenship in 2014 and would make his senior debut for the nation the following year.