Latest World Cup: Embolo keeps promise to celebrate Swiss victory

Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon

  • Monaco striker Bril Embolo scored the only goal of the game in a victory over Cameroon in their early game in Qatar on Thursday.

  • Embolo, who took the pass from Xherdan Shaqiri and scored a goal in the 48th minute, kept his promise not to celebrate the victory over the country of his birth.

  • The 25-year-old man left Cameroon with his family when he was five years old. They settled in Switzerland, the country he now represents at the second World Cup.

  • The result means that all teams from Africa have not scored in the four games they have played so far.

  • It also means that Cameroon’s losing streak in World Cup finals has been extended to eight games since 2002.

Uruguay – South Korea (14 CET)

Uruguay head coach Diego Alonso has insisted his players will not target the physical condition of South Korea’s star striker Son Heung-min when the two countries meet in the first Group H World Cup match on Thursday.

Son, who is currently wearing a black mask after surgery for a broken eye socket, is being assessed daily by head coach Paulo Bento.

“We have a lot of respect for Son, but they have other players too,” Alonso added.

Uruguay captain Diego Godin joined Alonso at the press conference, demonstrating that he could start despite suffering a knee injury last year.

Portugal – Ghana (17 CET)

The story with Cristiano Ronaldo dominated ahead of the first group match of the Portuguese national team, but it did not distract head coach Fernando Santos.

The Portugal boss said Wednesday that the issue has never come up in talks he has had with the team since they landed in Qatar.

Ronaldo himself looked relaxed ahead of Portugal’s opening match at the 2022 World Cup.

Ronaldo was smiling less than 24 hours after he agreed to terminate his contract with Manchester United after a controversial interview in which he criticized the club and the owners.

Portugal starts their campaign against Ghana before further matches against Uruguay and South Korea.

Brazil v Serbia (20:00 CET)

Serbia is aiming to qualify from the group stage for the first time in their fourth World Cup appearance as an independent nation.

Their first step: Brazil.

Head coach Dragan Stojkovic joked about reports that their first World Cup opponent, Brazil, would start with four strikers: Neymar, Rafinha, Vinicius Jr. and Richarlison.

Many of Serbia’s current players were on the team that beat Brazil to win the 2015 Under-20 World Cup trophy; as well as a victory over France in the final of the European Under-19 Championship final two years earlier.

With talent on his side, he stated that “Brazil has a chance to win, but Serbia also has a chance to win. So we are not afraid of anyone in the world!”