The highlight of the Match: This is the first time Switzerland has faced Cameroon in a World Cup match. It’s also only the second time that Switzerland has played against African competition at the tournament – they beat Togo 2-0 with two goals in their group stages for 2006. (Thu, Nov 24, 2022, 16:00) at Al Janoub Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Ref: Facundo Raúl Tello Figueroa.
Switzerland qualified for the fifth consecutive World Cup after finishing unbeaten in their group. Italy, the Euro 2020 champions, finished two points behind them and needed a point from their home and away game against Roberto Mancini’s side to take second place.
The Swiss were then placed back into League A of the Nations League in their three-game turmoil. After beginning with a loss against Portugal, Spain, and the Czech Republic securing their spot, they lost to Ghana 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up match.
As for Cameroon, they beat Algeria by away goals in a two-legged playoff to reach the World Cup after finishing first in their qualifying group. Since September 23, Cameroon has played four friendlies, including games against Uzbekistan and South Korea, where they lost before drawing with Jamaica and Panama. Cameroon’s lowest-ranked team in the tournament has failed to win a single game since then despite being ranked as the fourth-lowest team. Here are the Highlights Of the Switzerland Vs. Cameroon World Cup 2022 Match.
10′ Big Chance
A great opportunity for Cameroon! Mbeumo gets away down the left, ignores Choupo-Moting in the middle, and shoots instead of taking a shot to get it wide. His attempt is pushed over with Toko-Ekambi blasting over the rebound.
The Swiss National Team has qualified to be their group’s top contender only once. That was back in 2006 when Switzerland became the only team to date that qualified for a World Cup without conceding a single goal (four games played and zero goals conceded).
26′ Wild Short
One of the forwards, Fai, blasts a wild shot outside the box. The ball was switched to him after it landed at his feet.
30′ Great Play
Mbeumo finds the space for a one-two with Choupo-Moting, who takes off from the left. Mbeumo then sweeps it over to Hongla, who shoots from the right, just inside the box. Sommer gets down quickly and pushes away with Widmer clearing.
Cameroon has qualified for their eighth World Cup, the most of a team from Africa. They’ve played more games over the tournament than any other African squad (23), while Nigeria (23) is the only team with as many goals as Cameroon in African World Cups (18).
40′ Brilliant Challenge
An intelligent challenge from Castelletto. Embolo has a one-on-one with Onana, and it looks like he’s going to score before the defender comes across to clear the ball out for a goal-kick.
45’+ Huge Chance
WIDE! Akanji has the best chance for Switzerland so far. He jumps the highest, meeting a corner from Vargas, but his header goes wide. It looks like he must’ve miscued off the cross and would have scored if he got a better connection on it.
GOAL! EMBOLO SCORES! 1-0 SWITZERLAND! He couldn’t miss that chance! Xhaka lays the ball down the right to Shaqiri who cuts it across the box. Unmarked in the middle, Embolo lashes his effort past Onana from close range. Embolo has scored in each of his last three athletic matches for Switzerland and he is the best run for the national side.
Shaquiri’s cross was golden. He found Embolo with a cross from the right, avoiding Cameroon defenders. The striker then powered in the ball. Shaqiri is just the third Swiss player to make 10 appearances at the World Cup after Valon Behrami and Stephan Lichtsteiner, and just the second to appear at four different editions of the competition after Behrami (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).
67’ Big Save
With the game tied up, Switzerland kept it fast and furious. In a style eerily reminiscent of the opening goal, it is Jaime Vargas who comes alive in the midst of a jam-packed box. His effort is powerful with goalkeeper Onana left helpless after pushing the ball wide from an otherwise well-aimed kick.
89’ Massive Saves
The ball goes out for a corner and Onana makes another good save. The cross comes in, and Xhaka drills an effort towards the bottom corner. Mandanda matches his effort to finish off the other side.
95’ Big Miss
Seferovic should have scored! He rolls the ball past Castelletto, shapes, and heads for the box. The defender intercepts his effort, and blocks him
FULL TIME: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon
48 Minute of 2nd Half: Embolo scored for switzerland. Switzerland now leading the match
|Winner/Loser||Switzerland Won||Cameroon Lost|
|Total Shots (On Target)||7||8|
|Player Of The Match||Xherdan Shaqiri|
Point table of Group (G) after this match
Cameroon seemed to be clicking better in the first half, and our favorite opportunity came when Mbeumo was on the left side of the box. Ignoring Choupo-Moting in the middle lane, he aimed for a goal, shooting through Sommer without fail.
In the first half, goalkeeper Yann Sommer denied Hongla in the 43rd minute with a quick save on the right. Hongla received the ball after a quick one-two with Mbeumo and Choupo-Moting, then sprinted to Sommer’s side. Up next was Akanji, who came up with a leaping header off a corner from Vargas that missed the goal by inches.
Switzerland has dominated the opening few minutes, but they have yet to be threatening on the attack. They sat in a low block for parts of the first half, and Cameroon cleared away most of the crosses that Switzerland was attempting to put into their box. However, Shaqiri has yet to have an impact on the game so far, as he’s struggled to get involved.
But Cameroon has looked dangerous on the counter-attack. The defenders stayed high, and Ekambi and Mbeumo allowed Cameroon to move forward quickly with possession in midfield. When Choupo-Moting has had time on the ball, he’s played well, but he’s sometimes been isolated as wingers have stayed toward the touchline rather than coming closer to him.
Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in 50% of Switzerland’s 24 goals across their last four major tournament appearances. He has scored eight goals and assisted a further 4 – Key.
Switzerland took the lead in Group G on Saturday night when Embolo scored the only goal of the game early in the second half against Cameroon. After going behind in the first, Switzerland came out fighting with three minutes left to play before scoring their first goal thanks to an impressive goal from Pajtim Kasami.
So Switzerland Win their first match in World Cup 2022 By 1 – 0 Against Cameroon.