Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon LIVE! Embolo seals win - World Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon LIVE! Embolo seals win - World Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

Switzerland vs Cameroon - LIVE!

Day four at the World Cup kicked off with a 1-0 victory for Switzerland over Cameroon in Group G, thanks to Breel Embolo’s second half strike.

After early periods of pressure from the African side – lead by former Stoke City striker Eric Choupo-Moting – the Swiss should have been ahead before the break, with Manuel Akanji and Nico Elvedi squandering headed chances.

They eventually took the lead as Embolo netted against the country of his birth, refusing to celebrate as a mark of respect. Cameroon struggled from that point on to get back in the game and Murat Yakin’s side saw out a 1-0 victory that will stand them in good stead ahead of tricky group games to come, against Brazil and Serbia. Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the World Cup Group G game below with our dedicated match blog covered every kick.

Switzerland vs Cameroon highlights

  • FULL TIME - 1-0 Switzerland

  • GOAL! Embolo breaks the deadlock!

  • HALF TIME - 0-0

  • KICK OFF!

Switzerland 1 - 0 Cameroon

Match report

12:03 , Dominic Booth

So that’s the first World Cup game of the day done and dusted and the Swiss come out on top. An absorbing contest, and a morale-boosting victory for the European side ahead of their future games against Brazil and Serbia.

Here’s the link to Standard Sport’s match report

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FULL TIME: 1-0 Switzerland

11:56 , Dominic Booth

Cameroon have just lacked a bit of quality in the final third since they went behind. Their best moments came in the first half, and they’ll rue not taking any of those early chances.

Seferovic shimmies through and has a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 deep in injury time. It’s blocked, but it won’t matter, this is a 1-0 victory for the Swiss.

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11:52 , Dominic Booth

93 mins: A piece of slightly comical defending from Nkoulou, looking to chase back and stop the Swiss counter-attack, as he slips and concedes a corner.

This will game Rieder the chance to take a short corner and keep the ball in that area of the pitch.

Added time

11:50 , Dominic Booth

90 mins: Another change for Switzerland as Comert replaced Rodriguez, a fairly defensive change.

And it’s only the six added minutes. Last chance saloon for Cameroon.

11:48 , Dominic Booth

89 mins: A decent save from Onana to stop a fizzing, trademark shot from Xhaka.

11:46 , Dominic Booth

86 mins: Cameroon don’t look particularly likely to get an equaliser at the moment. Not sure why Choupo-Moting went off, he was their most dangerous player.

As long as it’s 1-0 they have a chance, though.

11:43 , Dominic Booth

83 mins: A desperate piece of defending from Nkoulou denies Switzerland getting a second. It’s only a corner.

From that kick, there are appeals for a handball and a penalty, which are continuing now, with the Swiss players surrounding the referee. Hmmm, the replay isn’t conclusive.

11:41 , Dominic Booth

82 mins: Sommer was briefly worried there, as an over-hit cross from Fai flies over his head.

Vargas comes off for Switzerland, Rieder the man coming on. Cameroon, meanwhile, bring on Ngamaleu in place of Brentford’s Mbeumo, who has been quiet in the second half and looks to have run out of steam.

11:38 , Dominic Booth

79 mins: A few meaty challenges flying in, with Switzerland’s defence holding firm at the moment. Xhaka is marshaling his troops, playing the ball safe to frustrate Cameroon.

11:36 , Dominic Booth

76 mins: Final 15 minutes (plus the inevitable 10 minutes plus of added time, probably) for Cameroon to find themselves an equaliser.

They’re playing plenty of long balls, which will give the Swiss defence some questions to answer.

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11:34 , Dominic Booth

74 mins: Nkoudou and Aboubakar are the next two changes being readied by Cameroon boss Rigobert Song. Hardly a surprise to see them being introduced, as two senior fowards, and they’re doing it just in time for a corner kick.

Choupo-Moting will come off and pass the armband to Aboubakar, while Toko Ekambi is the other man replaced.

Triple Switzerland sub

11:32 , Dominic Booth

72 mins: Three subs are coming on for the Swiss.

Seferovic, Frei and Okafor are all introduced.

Sow, Shaqiri and Embolo are the men replaced. Perhaps a surprise to see some star names sacrificed at this stage, Embolo was especially threatening going forward.

First sub

11:28 , Dominic Booth

69 mins: Here comes the Cameroon change, as Hongla is replaced by Ondoua. A like-for-like change in midfield, really.

Nearly another

11:27 , Dominic Booth

67 mins: Mbeumo’s free-kick finds the head of Anguissa but it’s a fairly tame effort, albeit on target.

At the other end, Switzerland produce a near carbon copy of the Embolo goal, with Vargas forcing Onana into a superb save following a cut-back from the right flank. The resulting corner produces yet another big opening, with Anguissa clearing over his own bar, taking it off Embolo’s feet.

It’s all Switzerland.

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11:24 , Dominic Booth

65 mins: Elvedi is the recepient of the game’s second yellow card. A clear tug on the shirt of Choupo-Moting, probably a clever foul in truth.

Both sides are readying substitutions.

11:23 , Dominic Booth

64 mins: Vargas sends in another corner – the Swiss have been dangerous from set pieces today – but nothing is doing from this one.

11:22 , Dominic Booth

63 mins: Shaqiri drives Switzerland forward on the break and has acres of space to pick his pass, but somehow Cameroon survive and Hongla starts running though the middle after latching onto the clearance.

End to end stuff, as Embolo does the same and sets up Vargas, who is forced wide and wins a corner.

11:20 , Dominic Booth

60 mins: Some wayward passing is creeping into the game from both sides. Cameroon have got quite frantic and frustrated since the goal, while Switzerland seem eager to get a second and put it to bed.

Still a long way to go, with both teams keen to change the current status quo.

11:17 , Dominic Booth

57 mins: That’s genius play from Choupo-Moting, dancing his way into the box and seeing his effort blocked by Sommer from an acute angle.

He’s the man to get Cameroon back in this game, you feel.

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11:16 , Dominic Booth

56 mins: How long before Rigobert Song makes a change? Switzerland are hunting a second and Cameroon have the presence of their skipper and goalscorer Vincent Aboubakar on the bench.

11:13 , Dominic Booth

53 mins: More space behind the Cameroonian backline for Embolo, whose muted celebration was a result of his affinity to Cameroon, the land of his birth. Respect.

This time, Onana collects safely.

11:12 , Dominic Booth

52 mins: We wanted goals and now we’ve got one. How will that alter the Cameroon gameplan and the rest of the second half?

Xhaka goes down with a knock, but looks okay to continue.

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GOAL! Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon | Embolo

11:08 , Dominic Booth

48 mins: A little bit quicker and more incisive from Switzerland and they have the goal!

Worked nicely from the right and Embolo cannot miss. Shaqiri’s pull-back was inch-perfect and the goal was at the mercy of Embolo, who makes it 1-0. Ideal start to the second 45 minutes for the Swiss.

11:06 , Dominic Booth

47 mins: It’ll be interesting how much these two teams open up in the second half. Neither can afford too many dropped points with Brazil on their horizons, but at the same time a defeat would be potentially tournament-ending.

Switzerland get themselves back on the ball, as they did early in the first half.

SECOND HALF

11:05 , Dominic Booth

46: The referee’s whistle signals we’re back under way.

11:03 , Dominic Booth

Nearly time for the second half, as the teams re-emerge. Time for some goals? Let’s hope so.

First half thoughts

10:54 , Dominic Booth

No doubt the critics will pour in for another goalless half at this World Cup, but this has been fairly enjoyable fair so far. Cameroon are thrilling to watch with their direct counter-attacking side, while Switzerland are by no means short of quality and have created two big headed chances from set pieces.

We can expect a lively second half for sure.

HALF TIME - Switzerland 0-0 Cameroon

10:49 , Dominic Booth

Cameroon got the chance to whip in a free-kick late in the half, which was harmless enough and collected by Sommer.

A watchable 45 minutes of football, but we’re goalless.

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10:47 , Dominic Booth

46 mins: Varga again takes the right-footed corner crom the left and it’s a gaping chance for Akanji.

How on earth has he headed that wide? Big miss.

Added time

10:46 , Dominic Booth

45 mins: It’s been a fairly stoppage-free half of football, so we’ll have a fairly normal amount of added time.

Two minutes.

It’s a Swiss corner.

10:44 , Dominic Booth

43 mins: The ball just keeps bouncing back into Switzerland territory. Sommer comes to collect one that ricocheted dangerously.

Half time is approaching. Although with this tournament, you never know how much added time you’re going to get... Cameroon have certainly shaded this first half.

10:41 , Dominic Booth

41 mins: Ooh that was a very brave challenge from Castelletto on Embolo in the Cameroon box. But it was perfectly timed so it’s a corner, rather than a penalty. Vargas swings the corner in and that’s arguably Switzerland’s best chasnce, as Elvedi stoops to get his head on the cross, but it’s wide.

Swiss boss Murat Yakin won’t be completely happy with what he’s seen so far, you suspect.

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10:39 , Dominic Booth

39 mins: Boos from the Cameroon fans, they wanted a free-kick for their side but referee Facundo Tello allows play to go on.

It doesn’t hurt the African side, though, with Freuler’s cross very wayward and out for a goal-kick.

First booking

10:37 , Dominic Booth

36 mins: A point just made by the TV commentators... we haven’t actually seen a goal scored by an African team in the tournament yet. Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia blanked, can Cameroon break the deadlock?

Fai is the first man in the book, that was a slightly late one on Elvedi.

10:35 , Dominic Booth

34 mins: Onana isn’t troubled by a slightly aimless cross from Shaqiri, which sums up how Switzerland have performed in the past 15 or 20 minutes. Cameroon have fashioned the better chances by far... and there’s another as Toko-Ekambi tries to get onto a cross from the right by Fai Collins.

Widmer did enough. Just.

10:33 , Dominic Booth

32 mins: More nice interplay from Cameroon. They’re now the side enjoying more possesion, and they have the potency to go with it. Castelletto’s raking cross is nodded away.

This time the Swiss are on the counter, and Widmer’s cutback is scrambled clear by the green shirts.

10:31 , Dominic Booth

30 mins: Choupo-Moting and Anguissa really are a potent combination for Cameroon. Some of their link up play is lovely, as the African side fashion another chance, Mbeumo trying to guide it across goal with his left foot.

Sommer parries it out for another corner, which gets cleared after a melee.

10:27 , Dominic Booth

27 mins: Toko-Ekambi finding space on the left, with Cameroon looking dangerous nearly every time they come forward. Right-back Fai Collins has a pop from distance but it’s some distance over the crossbar.

Rigobert Song will be happy with what he’s see from his team thus far.

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10:25 , Dominic Booth

23 mins: Again the high press pays dividends for Switzerland, but the quality in the final third has been lacking so far.

Cameroon win it back and quickly counter. Mbeumo jinks across the defence and in the end it’s a corner.

10:25 , Dominic Booth

23 mins: Again the high press pays dividends for Switzerland, but the quality in the final third has been lacking so far.

Cameroon win it back and quickly counter. Mbeumo jinks across the defence and in the end it’s a corner.

10:21 , Dominic Booth

21 mins: Cameroon are making a few mistakes in possesion as a result of the Swiss press. It’s also a product of their desire to play direct towards Choupo-Moting, rather than play out from the back.

10:18 , Dominic Booth

18 mins: You get the feeling Cameroon might be quite fun to watch in this tournament. Anguissa is standing out in midfield and Choupo-Moting is a livewire up top.

Looks like the pattern of this game is going to be Swiss possession and then counter-attacks from Cameroon.

Second big Cameroon chance

10:15 , Dominic Booth

15 mins: Choupo-Moting nicks the ball of Man City defender Akanji and he’s through again...

Akanji comes back and puts a bit of pressure on the Bayern Munich man and he cannot steer it beyond Sommer. Should be 1-0 to Cameroon!

10:14 , Dominic Booth

13 mins: Penalty appeals from Switzerland after Vargas starts an attack down the left and it ends with Embolo being shoved from behind. The offside flag went up anyway, so nothing doing.

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10:12 , Dominic Booth

12 mins: Arsenal fans will be familiar with that sight... Granit Xhaka shooting from (very) long range. This effort isn’t troubling Onana’s goal at all.

First big chance!

10:11 , Dominic Booth

10 mins: Wow that’s a huge double chance for Cameroon! Choupo-Moting is played clean through down the inside left channel and sees his shot saved by Sommer. Then Mbeumo skews the rebound well over the bar. First major chances of the game.

10:10 , Dominic Booth

9 mins: Toko-Ekambi was caught napping a bit there for Cameroon and it nearly let Shaqiri in for a shot.

Plenty of noise from the Cameroon drums on the sideline, as their team starts quietly.

10:08 , Dominic Booth

7 mins: A set piece chance for Cameroon to get a foothold in the match and it’s sent in by Mbeumo but easily cleared.

The offside flag then goes up as Choupo-Moting looks to latch onto another ball.

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10:06 , Dominic Booth

5 mins: The Swiss work it into their frontman Embolo and it’s slightly uncertain defending from Castelletto who only just manages to slice it back towards his keeper Onana. The European side are on top, early doors.

10:03 , Dominic Booth

2 mins: Shaqiri sends in an early corner that bounces dangerous in the Cameroon box and is hacked away.

Bright sunshine in Doha (again) for this one, as the red-shirted Swiss enjoy the bulk of early possession.

KICK OFF!

10:00 , Dominic Booth

We are under way.

Teams out

09:54 , Dominic Booth

We’re almost ready to go!

Time for the anthems first.

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09:51 , Dominic Booth

Before the game kicks off, Cameroon World Cup legend Roger Milla is presented with a special award by FIFA, for being the competition’s oldest goalscorer. He was 42 when he bagged at the 1994 tournament.

All the usual preamble is ready on the pitch at the Al Janoub ahead of the teams’ arrival.

09:40 , Dominic Booth

Most people are making Switzerland the favourites for this one, and from a UK-viewing standpoint, they certainly have more recognisable Premier League names. They gave a good account of themselves at Euro 2020, taking both France and Spain to penalties en route to a quarter-final exit.

Cameroon, though, have World Cup pedigree as surprise packages and finished third in the Africa Cup of Nations 2021, only missing out on the final because of penalties. They’ll fancy their chances.

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How the Cameroon squad arrived

09:26 , Dominic Booth

I mean you simply have to love this!

09:21 , Dominic Booth

Cameroon fans are bringing the passion in Doha today. You can bet your life they’ll throw all their support behind their team, bringing plenty of colour and noise.

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Subs

09:16 , Dominic Booth

Among the star names on the bench for Switzerland are Chelsea midfielder (yes, he still plays for them) Denis Zakaria and the experienced striker Haris Seferovic.

Cameroon boast former Tottenham misfit Georges-Kévin Nkoudou as one of their substitutes, while their skipper Vincent Aboubakar is also on the bench.

Subs in full

Switzerland: Fernandes, Zakaria, Seferovic, Omlin, Aebischer, Fassnacht, Comert, Okafor, Frei, Kobel, Schar, Kohn, Rieder, Jashari.

Cameroon: Ngapandouetnbu, Ngom Mbekeli, Wooh, Ondoua, Ngamelu, Nkoudou, Nsame, Aboubaka, Bassogog, Kunde, Epassy, Mbaizo, Ebosse, Marou.

Cameroon team news

09:03 , Dominic Booth

Onana; Collins Fai, Castelletto, Nkolou, Tolo; Anguissa, Hongla, Oum Gouet; Mbeumo, Choupo-Moting, Toko-Ekambi.

Switzerland team news

09:02 , Dominic Booth

Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Freuler; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo.

Odds

08:48 , Dominic Booth

It’s worth a quick look at today’s match odds, courtesy of Betfair – and who they think the favourites are for the tournament outright:

Betfair: Switzerland vs Cameroon

  • Switzerland: 3/4

  • Draw: 5/1

  • Cameroon: 4/1

Betfair: World Cup winner

  • Brazil: 3/1

  • France: 6/1

  • England: 13/2

  • Argentina: 17/2

  • Netherlands: 11/1

Stage is set

08:41 , Dominic Booth

The atmosphere is building inside and outside the Al Janoub Stadium ahead of this one.

We’ll get the official team news at 9am GMT, an hour before the action kicks off.

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08:28 , Dominic Booth

You certainly cannot fault the Swiss for their confidence. Manager Murat Yakin believes this is the strongest ever Switzerland side to travel to a World Cup and that they can go deep in the tournament.

“We have improved a lot and now we want to write history.

“I think that we are seeing the best Swiss national team that has ever existed.

“We are not only here to participate. We are here to win and we want to get to the next round.”

You can read Standard Sport’s preview of Switzerland versus Cameroon here.

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Group G gets under way

08:11 , Dominic Booth

The old cliche goes that the World Cup hasn’t truly begun until Brazil play... well this is the first game in Brazil’s group, Group G to be precise.

Switzerland and Cameroon – and Serbia, the Selecao’s opponents in tonight’s 7pm kick off (GMT) – will all have designs on second place and qualification to the last-16. It should be a really tight game this morning, we’re about 1 hour and 50 minutes away from kick off at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Switzerland vs Cameroon predicted lineups

07:58 , George Flood

Here is how Standard Sport sees both sides lining up in Al Wakrah today...

Predicted Switzerland XI (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Widmer, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo.

Predicted Cameroon XI (4-3-3): Onana; Ebosse, Castelletto, N’Koulou, Fai; Ntcham, Anguissa, Gouet; Mbeumo, Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting

Switzerland vs Cameroon prediction

07:52 , George Flood

Cameroon’s lack of a natural goalscorer coupled with the Swiss’ frugal defence points to a fairly low-scoring game.

Switzerland to win, 1-0.

Cameroon team news

07:51 , George Flood

Cameroon are sweating over the fitness of Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, meanwhile.

The former Fulham midfielder has become a mainstay with Serie A high-flyers Napoli and is a crucial member of Rigobert Song’s first XI.

It will be interesting to see if he is risked for today’s game, having struggled for weeks with a thigh issue.

He did start last week’s final friendly against Panama, however.

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Switzerland team news

07:48 , George Flood

Switzerland’s main injury worry before the tournament concerned long-time starting goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who had been struggling with an ankle problem.

However, the Borussia Monchengladbach stopper has shaken off that issue and is ready to start today, having made his first appearance for weeks in the warm-up friendly against Ghana.

The same is true of Ricardo Rodriguez, who has been struggling with a knock.

Swiss boss Murat Yakin is not believed to have any of his 26-man squad missing this morning.

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Where to watch Switzerland vs Cameroon

07:43 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage starting at 9am GMT.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the action online via the ITV website or ITV Hub.

Welcome to Switzerland vs Cameroon LIVE coverage!

07:41 , George Flood

Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Switzerland vs Cameroon at the 2022 World Cup.

We should be in for another entertaining clash in Al Wakrah as a competitive-looking Group G also containing five-time winners Brazil and Serbia gets underway.

Kick-off at Al Janoub Stadium is at 10am GMT today, so stay tuned for all the match build-up, latest team news and live updates.

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