Switzerland vs Cameroon live updates and score: Embolo gives European side the lead in World Cup Group G opener

Andy Jones

November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM EST

Switzerland vs Cameroon live updates and score: Embolo gives European side the lead in World Cup Group G opener

November 24, 2022 at 6:27 AM EST

What a save... and then great defending!

Onana with an absolute belter of a save.

Once again the attack comes down Switzerland's right.

It's another cutback and Vargas is onto it but Onana is equal to it.

From the corner, it is exceptional defending from Anguissa to take the ball off Embolo's toe as he set himself to tap a flick-on home.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:23 AM EST

Big Shaq

Big Shaq

Remember I told you he loves the big tournaments?

He has now been involved in 50% of his sides 24 goals scored in their last four major tournaments.

Well he's got his assist today and he is beginning to run the show.

He's trying to get on the ball a lot more and seems to have been given a freer role. The extra space as the game opens up is helping too.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:22 AM EST

Stretched

Even though there is still half an hour to go and Switzerland's lead is only one, the game is incredibly stretched already.

Switzerland look like they may benefit the most from it. They're beginning to find plenty of space in transition as Cameroon begin to commit more players forward.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:20 AM EST

The opener

It's a really nice move from Switzerland and they finally get it right down Cameroon's left.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:18 AM EST

The big moment

The big moment

A muted celebration from Breel Embolo but inside he will be ecstatic.

It may prove to be a vital goal in shaping how this group goes.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:17 AM EST

Footwork

Super stuff from Choupo-Moting as he skips past Akanji on the by-line inside the area. With no support in the middle he takes on the shot. Really tight angle and Sommer saves easily.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:14 AM EST

Cameroon's approach

Now they are behind, it will be interesting to see how this effects the gameplan of Cameroon.

Switzerland now don't need to be as expansive and that might limit Cameroon's counter-attacking chances which is where they have been the most threatening.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:12 AM EST

A worrying moment...

Granit Xhaka is down hurt but don't worry Arsenal fans, you can breath a sigh of relief as he is back on his feet and playing on.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:09 AM EST

GOAL!!! Switzerland lead

Breel Embolo with a simple finish puts Switzerland in front.

Sweeping move across the pitch and the ball finds Shaqiri. He works space and fires in a low cross.

Embolo is unmarked in the six yard box and he can't miss.

No celebration from Embolo, who is playing against the country of his birth.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 6:05 AM EST

Off we go again

Both teams are back out on the pitch and Cameroon get the ball rolling.

Will we find a winner?

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:58 AM EST

Nothing to save

It's been a positive defensive performance from Cameroon so far.

They rode their luck right at the end of the half thanks to Akanji's mis-placed header.

They'll be hoping this stat extends to the full 90 minutes and doesn't end like the Germany game in 2002.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

0 - Cameroon didn't face a single shot on target in the first half of a World Cup game for only the second time in their history after 2002 v Germany, when they eventually lost 2-0. Safe. #SWICMR pic.twitter.com/ArsxReh4Vc

— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 24, 2022

November 24, 2022 at 5:56 AM EST

The wait continues...

We have still not seen an African team score a goal in the World Cup so far with Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco all failing to find the back of the net.

Cameroon have certainly had their chances to do so... can they break the duck?

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:49 AM EST

Half Time: Switzerland 0-0 Cameroon

A really good game this with the only ingredient missing being goals.

Switzerland have had much more of the ball and have found most of their joy down Cameroon's left through the combination of Shaqiri and Widmer.

Cameroon with the better chances though. Better finishing would have seen them take a half time lead.

Set up for a quality second half.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:47 AM EST

Huge chance

Akanji should have given Switzerland a half time lead.

A super corner and Akanji rises highest. Six yards out, he doesn't connect properly and glances it wide.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:46 AM EST

Added time...

Only TWO minutes.

Unheard of. What a time to be alive.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:42 AM EST

A tactical and physical battle

A tactical and physical battle

It's been a really interesting contest between the two sides so far as half time approaches... before we get 10 minutes added on.

Switzerland still in control possession-wise and their threat is beginning to grow (Elvedi has just directed a header wide from a corner).

Cameroon standing firm in their 4-3-3 shape and looking threatening every time they go forward. Choupo-Moting has just had a shot blocked after a poor clearance from Elvedi.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:37 AM EST

First booking

First booking

Collins Fai gets the first yellow card of the game.

Guess who the referee is by the way... Facundo Tello

He's the man who showed 10 red cards in the Champions Trophy Final in Argentina earlier this month.

We might see a few more cards before the end of the game today.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:36 AM EST

What a challenge!

Incredible recovery challenge from Widmer as Toko Ekambi looked like he was about to tap home an excellent cross from Collins Fai after another really good attacking move.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

November 24, 2022 at 5:30 AM EST

Tournament experience

Plenty of experience in Murat Yakin's side today.

Despite the chances Cameroon are creating, they continue to look calm in possession and are not deviating from their game plan.

Sommer is forced into action again though, palming out a shot from Mbuemo after another effective move from Cameroon.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

28y 238d – Aged 28 years and 238 days on average, Switzerland are fielding their second-oldest ever starting XI at the #FIFAWorldCup, having fielded an older starting XI only in 1950 for their 2-2 draw against Brazil (28y 314d). Experience. #SUICMR pic.twitter.com/EOt8dmGF12

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 24, 2022

November 24, 2022 at 5:27 AM EST

Lightning

Cameroon as so quick and dynamic in transition.

Every time they force a turnover they move the ball quickly and they have midfield runners bursting forward to try and support the front three.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones·

Burnley Correspondent

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