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FIFA World Cup 2022: Why Breel Embolo did not celebrate goal for Switzerland vs Cameroon

FIFA World Cup 2022: 25-year-old Breel Embolo opened the scoring for Switzerland in Qatar 2022 but he did not celebrate his goal as it came against the country of his birth. The Monaco forward became a Swisss citizen only in 2014.

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Breel Embolo did not celebrate his winner vs Cameroon (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Breel Embolo scored the winning goal for Switzerland on Thursday
  • Embolo's goal handed Cameroon another World Cup-opening defeat
  • Embolo was born in Cameroon and his father still lives there

By India Today Web Desk: It was his first World Cup goal and a moment that he would cherish for the rest of his life, but Switzerland's Breel Embolo refused to celebrate the landmark in their FIFA World Cup 2022 Group G opener against Cameroon on Thursday. Embolo put Switzerland ahead in the 48th minute after a goalless first half at the Janoub Stadium, Al-Wakrah.

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Breel Embolo tapped in from 6 yards out after positioning himself perfectly inside the box to receive a fine low cross from the right from his Switzerland teammate Xherdan Shaqiri.

Switzerland vs Cameroon: As it happened

However, Embolo did not celebrate the goal as it came against his country of birth. Embolo looked up to the sky in delight but he did not express it on the biggest stage. As his teammates surrounded him in elation, Embolo gave them high-fives. it was an ice-cool finish from the Monaco forward who started ahead of Haris Seferovic and made it count for the Swiss.

The 25-year-old was born in Yaounde, Cameroon and only arrived in France with his mother at the age of 5. He became a naturalised Switzerland citizen in 2014 and went on to make his debut for the Swiss national team in 2015. The forward played 60 matches for Switzerland and had set out to Qatar with hopes of making a mark.

When asked if he would be cheering for Cameroon in Qatar, Embolo had replied in the affirmative but made it clear that it would be after their Group G opener.

Embolo walked the talk, scoring the most important goal for Switzerland on Thursday as it proved to be the winner for the Swiss against Cameroon. Ruben Vargas came close to doubling the lead but his powerful shot was stopped by the Cameroon shot-stopper.

"Yes of course - but after Switzerland, and after this game," Embolo said after arriving in Qatar.

Embolo was looking forward to the special game against Cameroon and it certainly lived up to the hype.

"It's very special. It's my hometown and my mum and my dad come from there, my family, most of them come from there, so it's a special game for me and my family, " he had said.

The star of the show was Xherdan Shaqiri who was electric on the right, providing for Embolo. Cameroon were efficient in the first-half with Erik Maxim Choupo-Moting threatening to break the deadlock. However, their intensity slipped in the second with Switzerland dominating play and bagging three full points.