World Cup 2002 final score: Switzerland downs Cameroon as Breel Embolo's goal makes history in 1-0 win

2 months ago CBS Sports

Switzerland made an efficient start to their FIFA World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Al Wakrah. Yaounde-born Breel Embolo made history early in the second half by becoming the first player in tournament history to score a goal for their adopted country against their nation of birth.

It was frustration for the Indomitable Lions, though, who were the better side in the first half and missed some good chances to take the lead at Al Janoub Stadium. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bryan Mbeumo, and Karl Toko Ekambi all looked dangerous at times, but the Swiss have established themselves as a tough nation to face at international level and asserted their dominance in the second 45.

It could have been worse for Rigobert Song's men had Andre Onana not been so sharp between the sticks to keep the Swiss at bay. However, the Nati ultimately remained tight at the back and saw it out for the win which launches their hopes of another deep run after conquering France at Euro 2020.

As for Cameroon, a tough group just got tougher with Serbia and Brazil to come in arguably tougher matches than this one. Can they fight back to make good on their hopes to reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1990, or has the damage already been done?

All eyes in this group will now be on Brazil who face Serbia in Lusail later on Thursday -- and while you're at it, sign up for our new newsletter covering the beautiful game in all its glory, including daily updates about the World Cup, here.  

Some takeaways from Al Janoub Stadium.

Embolo makes history

The only goal of the game came early in the second half when Shaqiri teed up Embolo to score against his country of birth. Hailing from Yaounde, like absent international teammate Yvon Mvogo, the Swiss-raised striker was muted in celebration out of respect for his homeland. This is the first time it has happened in a World Cup, although Poland-born Lukas Podolski did so for Germany at Euro 2008 when they beat the Polish side. With quite a few players now representing their adopted nations rather than their birth nations, this could be an increasing trend from this point onwards.

Cameroon squander chances

At half time, the Africans looked the most likely to win it with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bryan Mbeumo, and Karl Toko Ekambi all giving Switzerland issues at the back. Ultimately, Yann Sommer, Manuel Akanji, and the Nati back line held firm and kept Cameroon at bay, but it was a lesson in efficiency for the Indomitable Lions. Rigobert Song's men cannot be so wasteful against Serbia if they want to still have anything to play for against Brazil.

Shaqiri transformed

Although his club career has followed an odd trajectory, the 31-year-old has been a consistent performer for his country over the years and that is reflected in his incredible 50% involvement rate based on Switzerland's goals over their past four international tournaments. Now with Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, Shaqiri provided the only goal for the game for Embolo and continues to demonstrate how indispensable he is to Murat Yakin's men.

Choupo-Moting dependency?

Much of Cameroon's approach was based around the Bayern Munich man's recent uptick in form despite a number of quality players across the pitch. Choupo-Moting is in superb form at present, but cannot be expected to singlehandedly carry the Indomitable Lions to the knockout phase. If Song's men are to advance, which admittedly looks less likely after this result, then they will have to be more clinical and perhaps bring more players into the mix by going less direct against Serbia's collective technique.


Continue reading...

Read On "CBS Sports"
More News On "CBS Sports"
BREAKING NEWS
1 minute ago - Turkey earthquake live updates: At least 1,200 dead in Turkey, Syria after powerful quake 4 minutes ago - Israel-Palestine conflict: Why Benjamin Netanyahu is yet to launch a new war on the Gaza Strip 4 minutes ago - Strain Gauge Converters Market Size [2023-2029] -SENECA, PHOENIX CONTACT, Pepperl+Fuchs, Datexel 11 minutes ago - Beyoncé emerges as Grammys queen; Styles wins album honor 14 minutes ago - Grammys Buzz: Memorable Moments From Music's Big Night 27 minutes ago - Grammy 2023: in a night dedicated to Beyoncé and Harry Styles, the list of all the winners 32 minutes ago - Devastating quake that rocked Turkey and Syria, kills more than 1,300 (photos) 34 minutes ago - Rapist cop David Carrick's urinated on victims and kept them locked in small cupboard in humiliating attacks 34 minutes ago - EU rushes rescuers, satellite help to Turkey 57 minutes ago - Grammys 2023: Check out the winners Code List 1 hour ago - Turkey earthquake: Are flights and holidays cancelled? 1 hour ago - Grammys 2023: The complete winners list 1 hour ago - Turkey and Syria earthquake live updates: 7.8-magnitude quake kills hundreds 1 hour ago - Jumeirah Group expands presence in Europe with key acquisition in Geneva 1 hour ago - Powerful quake rocks Turkey and Syria, kills more than 1,300 1 hour ago - Fans Feel Sorry For Adele’s Boyfriend Rich Paul After Her Viral Moment With Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Grammys 2023 1 hour ago - Check out the best dressed on the 2023 Grammys red carpet 1 hour ago - Camila Cabello flashes her legs in a thigh-split black gown at Universal's Grammy's afterparty 1 hour ago - Know About Charles Kimbrough’s Net Worth And Career 1 hour ago - Beyoncé wins 4 Grammys for all-time record; Harry Styles takes album of year 1 hour ago - Crews work to prevent explosion at site of burning derailed train in Ohio as residents are urged to flee 1 hour ago - UAE: Syrian, Turkish expats reach out to families back home as earthquakes strike region 1 hour ago - 3.5 mi South of Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA, on Monday, Feb 6, 2023 at 6:15 am (GMT -5) 1 hour ago - Major Aftershock of 7.8 Intensity Strikes Turkey: What are These, How Many Usual After Earthquake? 1 hour ago - Turkey Earthquake LIVE Updates: Another 7.5 Magnitude Quake Hits Turkey 1 hour ago - The ADHD medication shortage is getting worse. There's no easy solution, experts say. 1 hour ago - A Closer Look At The Most Iconic Grammys 2023 Outfits And Best Dressed Stars From... 2 hours ago - Ben Affleck's bored expression at the Grammys becomes a meme 2 hours ago - From raggaeton to Iran: 5 key moments from the Grammys 2 hours ago - ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Australia’s Meg Lanning – ‘There’s a fair bit I still want to achieve’ 2 hours ago - T20 leagues with cricketing ecosystem will survive, rest will fade away: Sourav Ganguly 2 hours ago - Officials advise evacuation over explosion concerns after train derailment in Ohio 3 hours ago - FULL LIST: Tems and other Grammy Award winners in 2023 3 hours ago - Guitar at the Grammys 2023: Wet Leg, Nirvana, Turnstile and More 3 hours ago - Discovering The Financial Success Of Charles Kimbrough! 3 hours ago - Beyoncé set a new record for the most Grammy wins ever 3 hours ago - Madonna in surprise Grammys appearance to praise 'provocative' artists 3 hours ago - Truex grabs exhibition win; caution flags dominate race 3 hours ago - Chris Brown explodes and mocks Robert Glasper after he loses out on Grammy Award 3 hours ago - In The News for Feb. 6 : How will the loonie fare in 2023? 3 hours ago - Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly attend Grammy afterparty 3 hours ago - Beyonce emerges as Grammys queen; Styles wins album honor - Music - Arts & Culture 3 hours ago - Grammys 2023: Beyoncé makes history and Harry Styles wins Album of the Year 3 hours ago - Major Quake Kills Hundreds Across Turkey, Syria 3 hours ago - James Corden presents Grammy to Beyonce and parties with A-list before return to UK 3 hours ago - Light Start: Twitter’s “good” bots, iPhone 15 Ultra (?), Starship Orbits and a $50,000 iPhone 1 3 hours ago - 65th Grammy Awards 2023:List Of Winners 3 hours ago - Adele's awkward reaction to Trevor Noah's cringe shower gag spotted by Grammys viewers 3 hours ago - Grammy winners 2023: See who won 3 hours ago - Chris Gayle Recalls 175-run Knock in IPL 2013, Says ‘it was Like the World Stopped’, WATCH 3 hours ago - Health minister hits back at claim government no longer talking to unions on pay – UK politics live 3 hours ago - Tems Bags First Grammy Award [FULL LIST OF WINNERS] 3 hours ago - Margaret Qualley puts on a cosy display with her fiancé Jack Antonoff at the Grammys 3 hours ago - WTC Final Race: Last MILE of World Test Championships Finals Race begins Thursday, Check how can India QUALIFY, Follow IND vs AUS LIVE Updates 3 hours ago - Grammys recap: Beyoncé makes awards history while Harry Styles wins big 3 hours ago - Grammys 2023: Dave Chappelle's Netflix show wins award after backlash 4 hours ago - Grammy Awards 2023: Full list of winners 4 hours ago - Harry Styles has big night at the Grammys as he beats Beyonce 4 hours ago - Social media users ruthlessly mock the worst-dressed stars 4 hours ago - Kim Petras Makes History As First Trans Woman To Win Best Pop Duo Grammy And Her Speech Is Everything
free geoip