Song’s team played a great first half without being able to score, then the striker born in Yaounde found the goal at the start of the second half, without cheering
No way. The fourth attempt has also gone and Africa continues to seek not only their first victory, but even their first goal in this World Cup. Let’s see how Ghana fares against Portugal, meanwhile the first match in history between Switzerland and Cameroon ended 1-0, a match decided by a goal from the former: Embolo, born in Cameroon, scored. For the Indomitable Lions 8 consecutive defeats at the World Cup, record streak extended. For us Italians a blow of sadness: Mancini’s team could have been playing against Cameroon.
HOT AND WASTE
At Al Janoub we play at 13 and the temperature is decidedly high. Switzerland warms up in the sun, Cameroon in the shade. The climate issue could in some way explain or justify the greater brilliance of the Africans, who forced Sommer into three good saves in the first half, while Onana never intervenes even if in the final he ran two big dangers from corners by Vargas who found the heads of Elvedi and Akanji, who badly waste the little created by a Switzerland subjugated by Cameroon. Who as mentioned collides with Sommer, decisive on Mbeumo in the opening, and then on Choupo Moting, freed by a mistake by Akanji, and finally on Hongla.
Cameroon starts leaning a lot on the left with Toko-Ekambi, and then also exploits the speed of Mbeumo on the other side with Zambo Anguissa acting as a precious connection. Nice game and Switzerland surprised, crushed and as mentioned capable of doing something only from free kicks.
However, Cameroon’s defense has already given worrying signs of weakness and in the 3′ of the second half capitulates due to its own demerits: Freuler opens to the right for Shaqiri, a perfect low cross for Embolo, abandoned by his compatriots in the middle of the area: an easy right foot to beat the ‘guilty Onana, surpassed by the first Swiss shot on target. Embolo does not celebrate, Cameroon disappears.
Shortly after, Onana showed off making a great save on Vargas in an identical action, apart from the final, to that of the goal, and Cameroon was no longer able to worry Sommer, despite the changes. Song’s team is unglued and without ideas, slow and predictable. Africa can’t find a smile, Switzerland is a candidate for the next round in a group conditioned by the presence of Brazil.
November 24, 2022 (change November 24, 2022 | 14:56)
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