Switzerland made the right begin to their World Cup marketing campaign regardless of a valiant effort from Cameroon.
With the opposite two groups within the group being Brazil and Serbia, each side went into their opening match realizing they could not actually afford to lose, however that did not make issues cagey.
There had been half-chances at each ends within the opening half-hour with Switzerland dominating possession however Cameroon being an enormous risk on the counter-attack.
The African aspect had two actual possibilities to take the lead with Yann Sommer saving two efforts from contained in the field from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Martin Hongla.
They continued to be the extra threatening aspect after that with solely a last-ditch problem from Silvan Widmer stopping Karl Toko Ekambi from scoring the primary objective of the match after 35 minutes.
Four minutes later, Switzerland had their first actual probability with Nico Elvedi heading large from a nook after Breel Embolo went by means of on the objective however had the ball stolen from him by Jean-Charles Castelletto.
Just earlier than the break, Manuel Akanji too had the possibility to move in a nook however his effort additionally went large, making certain the edges went in stage on the break.
They did not keep stage for lengthy after it although with Embolo giving his nation the lead after 47 minutes, handing over a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri to finish a quick and fluid assault.
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Cameroon virtually struck again slightly below 10 minutes later when Choupo-Moting broke into the Switzerland field however had his shot saved by Sommer once more.
In the sixty fifth minute, it was Onana’s flip to save lots of the day with the Inter keeper making a superb save from Ruben Vargas to maintain it 1-0.
Cameroon struggled to create something after that with a second Switzerland objective trying extra seemingly than an equaliser, however in the end there wasn’t one other objective at both finish, giving the European aspect an important victory.
GK: Yann Sommer – 8/10 – Played an enormous half in his aspect’s win, making 5 actually good saves.
RB: Silvan Widmer – 7/10 – Was the higher of Switzerland’s full-backs at each ends.
CB: Manuel Akanji – 6/10 – Missed an enormous probability from a nook however carried out effectively at his personal finish.
CB: Nico Elvedi – 7/10 – Was rock stable on the again, successful nearly all of his duels.
LB: Ricardo Rodriguez – 6/10 – Did effectively defensively however would’ve needed to do extra going ahead.
CDM: Remo Freuler – 6/10 – Kept issues ticking over effectively on the coronary heart of the midfield.
CDM: Granit Xhaka – 5/10 – Didn’t get on the ball as a lot as he would have hoped.
RW: Xherdan Shaqiri – 6/10 – Struggled to make an impression for a lot of the match however did arrange Embolo’s objective with an amazing cross.
CAM: Djibril Sow – 5/10 – Failed to get entangled for the 70 minutes he performed.
LW: Ruben Vargas – 6/10 – Was typically one in every of his crew’s most harmful gamers, creating lots together with his dribbles and passes, however lacked an finish product.
ST: Breel Embolo – 7/10 – Missed a couple of possibilities however took his objective very well and was a handful for the Cameroon backline.
SUB: Fabian Frei (71′ for Sow) – N/A
SUB: Noah Okafor (71′ for Shaqiri) – N/A
SUB: Haris Seferovic (71′ for Embolo) – N/A
SUB: Fabian Rieder (81′ for Vargas) – N/A
SUB: Eray Comert (90′ for Rodriguez) – N/A
Manager: Murat Yakin – 7/10 – Ensured his crew improved within the second half to get the win they wanted.
GK: Andre Onana – 6/10 – Made one good save and could not do something in regards to the objective he conceded.
RB: Collins Fai – 6/10 – Impressed with the ball at his toes however wasn’t nice on the again.
CB: Jean-Charles Castelletto – 7/10 – Made some wonderful tackles and blocks
CB: Nicolas N’Koulou – 6/10 – Didn’t do an excessive amount of improper however wasn’t as stable as his accomplice.
LB: Nouhou Tolo – 6/10 – .Performed his attacking and defensive duties pretty effectively.
CM: André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 6/10 – Battled effectively in midfield however would’ve hoped to create extra.
CM: Samuel Oum Gouet – 6/10 – Protected his defence however could not do something in possession.
CM: Martin Hongla – 6/10 – Had a good effort saved and made some good passes.
RW: Bryan Mbeumo – 6/10 – Was one in every of Cameroon’s extra harmful gamers on the proper wing, with the choice to sub him a questionable one.
CF: Eric Choupo-Moting – 5/10 – Caused some issues for Switzerland however missed a couple of good possibilities.
LW: Karl Toko Ekambi – 4/10 – Missed an enormous probability and did not do an excessive amount of else.
SUB: Gael Ondoua (68′ for Hongla) – 5/10 – Didn’t make a lot of an impression as Cameroon’s legs light elsewhere.
SUB: Vincent Aboubakar (74′ for Choupo-Moting) – N/A
SUB: Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (74′ for Toko Ekambi) – N/A
SUB: Nicolas Moumie Ngamaleu (81′ for Mbeumo) – N/A
Manager: Rigobert Song – 6/10 – Set up his aspect to threaten on the counter-attack which labored effectively within the first half, however could not discover a method to break Switzerland down after going behind.