Switzerland 1 Cameroon 0: Breel Embolo refuses to celebrate winners against native country in Group G

GRANIT XHAKA is under pressure to meet the demands for a “best” World Championship for Switzerland after a dreary start.

Boss Murat Yakin believes he is responsible for the biggest gathering of Swiss players ever and believes they can reach new heights in Qatar.

Breel Embolo didn't celebrate after scoring the winning goal for Switzerland

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Breel Embolo didn’t celebrate after scoring the winning goal for SwitzerlandPhoto credit: Getty
Embolo scored the winning goal three minutes after half-time

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Embolo scored the winning goal three minutes after half-timePhoto credit: Reuters
Xherdan Shaqiri (left) provided the template for the Swiss winner

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Xherdan Shaqiri (left) provided the template for the Swiss winnerPhoto credit: Reuters

And it’s up to Arsenal midfielder Xhaka to kick his team-mates’ behind before things get infinitely tougher in the next Group G game against Brazil.

Switzerland’s best performance at a World Cup is in the last eight, but despite defeating Cameroon there is still work to be done.

A second-half goal from Cameroon-born Breel Embolo masked a dismal performance that last year’s Euro 2020 quarter-finalists should have felt much more comfortable with.

Embolo went unmarked three minutes into the second half to bury a neat cut from ex-Liverpool and Stoke striker Xherdan Shaqiri from just outside the six-yard box.

The subdued celebrations were partly due to his origins, but also symbolized a half-hearted demeanor of the Swiss.

Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji missed a great chance when he missed a header from Shaqiri’s corner just before the break.

Playing in front of thousands of empty seats didn’t help win the first game in this group.

Spectator capacity was officially listed as 39,089 at a stadium that is now listed at least as having a capacity of 44,325 as the hosts tend to change it day by day to make the ground appear full.

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Xhaka initiated the move that led to the decisive goal in the 48th minute.

He pulled the ball in from the right side and laid down a ball that eventually found Shaqiri on the left edge of the box.

The burly, short winger came to the touchline and then smacked a diagonal ball across the goal area, where Embolo waited for an easy tap-in.

Cameroon had few chances and Brentford winger Bryan Mbuemo will be upset for missing a great 10th-minute chance for the Africans to put them ahead.

He ran clear down the left side of the box and had skipper Eric Choupo-Moting screaming for the ball with a free shot on target.

But in his World Cup debut after joining from France U21, Mbeumo opted to shoot straight at the goalkeeper, who was easily saved.

Former Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa also had a header saved in the second half.

Switzerland meet Brazil on Monday and will need to improve their game before taking on the Samba Stars if they hope to reach the knockout rounds.

Brentford winger Bryan Mbeumo had a chance to put Cameroon ahead

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Brentford winger Bryan Mbeumo had a chance to put Cameroon aheadPhoto credit: Getty
Ex-Fulham man Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa had saved a header after the break

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Ex-Fulham man Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa had saved a header after the breakCredit: AP

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