Embolo a hit as he refuses to celebrate

25 Nov, 2022 - 00:11 0 Views


DOHA. – Switzerland striker Breel Embolo became a social media hit after refusing to celebrate when he scored the only goal against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a World Cup match yesterday.

Embolo was born in Cameroon, where his father still lives.

He scored the only match as the Swiss began their campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon.

It was the fourth game for an African representative and none of them had scored a goal, after 360 minutes of action, at this World Cup.

Embolo swept home a Xherdan Shaqiri cross to give the Swiss the lead in the 48th minute.

The 25-year-old striker, who was born in Yaounde but raised in Basel, stood still with an apologetic frown on his face after he scored while the Switzerland players celebrated around him.

The goal was a first shot on target for the Swiss, who had battled to contain the African side in the opening 45 minutes.

Hosts Qatar want to prove they can compete at the highest level when they face Senegal, coach Felix Sanchez said yesterday.

The Asian champions hopes to avoid becoming the fourth hosts eliminated in the first round at the finals after Switzerland, Chile and South Africa in 1954, 1962 and 2010 respectively.

Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the opening game of the tournament after a disappointing performance, causing many fans to leave the stadium 20 minutes before the end.

“Hopefully we can play freely and without pressure and be better than what happened in the first game, this team have a point to prove,” Sanchez told a news conference.

“Matches are controlled by many factors, but the most important thing is to give our best, in the World Cup if you don’t give your best you will be punished.”

The Spanish coach indicated that he did not expect another disappointing performance like that against Ecuador and wanted the team to play with their usual personality and do more.

“Emotionally, things were very difficult and dealing with the World Cup is completely different. I hope that the performance will be as competitive against Senegal,” he added. – SuperSport.


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