Switzerland’s first ever meeting with Cameroon this afternoon ended in a closely fought 1-0 victory for the Swiss national team over there Cameroonian opponents, with the only goal of the game coming courtesy of Breel Embolo.
The first big opportunity of the game fell to Cameroon, as Mbemo pulled a cross into the box – an unsuccessful clearance attempt by the Swiss defence presented an opportunity for Cameroon to score a rebound, but the effort was blasted over the bar. Cameroon had another chance moments later, when Chuopo-Moting’s effort was saved by Sommer after the striker was through on goal.
Midway through the first half, Cameroon began to look comfortable moving forward with the ball. In the 26th minute, Fai squandered a promising attack by blasting a long range effort over the bar.
At half time, Cameroon entered the break as the stronger side, but would have been disappointed by their inability to turn multiple promising situations into goals.
Three minutes into the second half, Cameroon were made to pay for their wastefulness – as Shaqiri played in a low cross into the penalty area, which was met by a waiting Embolo, who made no mistake from his finish, but muted his celebration due to his Cameroonian heritage.
In the 66th minute, Switzerland had their second big opportunity of the half following a Sommer save from a Anguissa header. Vargas positioned himself brilliantly in the box to meet a cross, but a heroic save from Onana kept the scores at 1-0.
Both Cameroon and Switzerland made promising forays forward over the last 20 minutes of the game, with neither team seriously threatening to change the score line.
Final score: Switzerland 1 – 0 Cameroon.