FIFA World Cup 2022: Why Switzerland's Breel Embolo did not celebrate his goal against Cameroon?

  • Breel Embolo's goal handed Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the FIFA World Cup 2022 
  • Teams from Africa are now scoreless through the four games they have played at this World Cup 
  • Cameroon's streak of losses at World Cup finals tournaments extended to eight games dating back to 2002 

24 Nov 2022

Breel Embolo's goal gave Switzerland a 1-0 win over Cameroon at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, but the striker did not celebrate his goal. The Switzerland forward from Yaounde struck with his right foot in the 48th minute, standing all alone eight meters in the middle of the goal to collect Xherdan Shaqiri's low pass.

Embolo then pursed his lips in a wry smile and spread his arms before raising his hands in an apologetic gesture as his teammates rushed towards him near the penalty area. He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal where he scored, then to the Cameroon fans in the opposite corner of the Al Janoub Stadium. Fans were left wondering why Embolo didn't celebrate his goal.

This is because the 25-year-old forward left Cameroon with his family when he was five. They spent time in France before settling in Switzerland, the country he is now representing at his second World Cup. Despite the African-born player scoring, teams from Africa are now without a score in the four games they have played at this World Cup. They all played higher-ranked teams, with Morocco and Tunisia drawing 0-0 against Croatia and Denmark respectively.

Cameroon's losing streak in World Cup finals stretches to eight matches dating back to 2002. Brazil and Serbia are also in Group G and meet later on Thursday.

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