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 RatingsYann Sommer (GK): 7.5Silvan Widmer (RB): Manuel Akanji (CB): 6.5Nico Elvedi (CB): 7.5Ricardo Rodríguez (LB): 7Remo Freuler (CM): 6.5Granit Xhaka (CM): 7Djibril Sow (CAM): 6Xherdan Shaqiri (RW): 7Rúben Vargas (LW): 6.5Breel Embolo (CF): 7Noah Okafor (Sub): 6Fabian Frei (Sub): 6Haris Seferovic (Sub): 6Fabian Rieder (Sub): 6Eray Cömert (Sub): 6Cameroon Player RatingsAndré Onana (GK): 7Collins Faï (RB): 6Jean-Charles Castelletto (CB): 7Nicolas Nkoulou (CB): 67Nouhou Tolo (LB): 6.5Samuel Oum Gouet (DM): 6Martin Hongla (CM): 7Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (CM): 7RW: Bryan Mbeumo (RW): 7Karl Toko Ekambi (LW): 6Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (CF): 6.5Gaël Ondoua (Sub): 6Vincent Aboubakar (Sub): 6Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Sub): 6Moumi Ngamaleu (Sub): 628y 238d – Aged 28 years and 238 days on average, Switzerland are fielding their second-oldest ever starting XI at the #FIFAWorldCup, having fielded an older starting XI only in 1950 for their 2-2 draw against Brazil (28y 314d). Experience. #SUICMR pic.twitter.com/EOt8dmGF12— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 24, 2022 Breel Embolo will forever be a promising young forward, despite having apparently played for Switzerland since 2008.— Jay Waller (@JayJamesWaller) November 24, 2022 Bryan Mbeumo, so far, so good. A good late addition to the Indomitable Lions.A very lively performance.— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) November 24, 2022 0 – Cameroon didn’t face a single shot on target in the first half of a World Cup game for only the second time in their history after 2002 v Germany, when they eventually lost 2-0. Safe. #SWICMR pic.twitter.com/ArsxReh4Vc— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 24, 2022 Switzerland going to realise how much space Xhaka is finding in the Final Third and then it’s going to get spicy.— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) November 24, 2022 #SUI 1-0 #CMRGreat entertainment and tough on Cameroon, who come out the wrong side of a close one. Both sides traded spells of dominance, and in the end it’s a moment of quality that seals it. Had to be #CMR-born Embolo, didn’t it? #FIFAWorldCup— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) November 24, 2022
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