Switzerland emerged victorious to kickstart their world cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon.
The Rossocrociati endured a rough inception to the game nonetheless, lacking fluidity and rhythm. Although they did have more possession throughout the first half, it was Cameroon who had the chances of higher quality.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was a constant threat for the Cameroonians, with their best moment coming in the form of an exquisitely executed play from the wing, but Swiss right back Silvan Widmer made a crucial interception to keep the country’s hopes for a victory alive.
Early in the second half, the Swiss enforced a play that began with skipper Granit Xhaka picking out his teammate Remo Freuleur, who swiftly laid a through ball to Xherdan Shaqiri on the far right, before the Champions League winner laid it on a platter for Breel Embolo, who sealed the goal with a composed finish past Andre Onana.
Switzerland was a goal up, just like that. The Borussia Monchengladbach striker held back from celebrating out of respect for the Indomitable Lions, given that Cameroon was his place of birth.
Their world cup campaign is officially up and running. However, they face their most arduous test yet next when they play Brazil.