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Empolo scored, Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 in the World Cup

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Wakrah, Qatar (AFP) – Brill Embolo’s goal lifted Switzerland to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon at the World Cup on Thursday, keeping his promise not to celebrate scoring goals against the country of his birth.

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The Swiss forward scored from Yaounde with a right-footed volley in the 48th minute, standing alone eight meters (yards) down the middle of the goal-axe to take Xherdan Shaqiri’s low pass.

Embolo then pursed his lips in a wry smile and raised his arms wide, before putting his hands up in an apologetic gesture as his teammates lunged at him near the penalty area.

He pointed to the Swiss fans behind the goal as he scored and then to the Cameroonian fans in the opposite corner of Stade Al Janoub.

The 25-year-old striker left Cameroon with his family when he was five years old. They spent time in France before settling in Switzerland, the country he now represents in his second World Cup.

Even though a player of African descent scored a goal, African teams are now goalless during the four matches they have played in the World Cup. All of them played higher ranked teams, and Morocco and Tunisia drew 0-0 respectively against Croatia and Denmark.

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