Briel Embolo scored as Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 in their FIFA World Cup Group G match on Thursday. Embolo may have led Switzerland to an important victory but he kept his promise not to celebrate if he scored against the country of his birth.
In the 48th minute, Embolo headed home Sherdon Shaqiri’s pass in front of the goal with a thumping right-footed shot. Embolo raised both his arms after scoring and covered his mouth as his teammates ran towards him to celebrate. He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal at the Al Zeinob Stadium and then to the Cameroonian fans behind the opposite goal.
Twenty-five-year-old forward Embolo left Cameroon with his family at the age of five. His family first lived in France, but later settled in Switzerland. He is representing Switzerland in the World Cup for the second time.
The African-born player may have scored but African teams are yet to score a goal in the current World Cup despite playing four matches. All these teams have played matches against a higher ranked team than themselves. Morocco and Tunisia then held Croatia and Denmark to a goalless draw respectively.
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With this defeat, Cameroon’s losing streak in the World Cup Finals tournament reached eight matches. This sequence is going on since 2002.