Cameroonian-born striker Breel Embolo was Switzerland’s match winner, but Indomitable Lions had the better of the first half, but it ended up being an eight straight World Cup finals loss to Rigobert Song’s team.
Embolo’s close-range finish proved the difference, and while his celebration was understandably muted, he was mobbed by his ecstatic teammates for scoring what could be a vital goal for Switzerland with tough tests against Brazil and Serbia ahead.
Cameroon had the better of the first half, but it ended up being Rigobert Song’s team’s eighth consecutive defeat in the World Cup final.
They now face an uphill battle to reach the knockout stages, with this team looking like a pale imitation of the ruthless yet brilliant side that pioneered Africa as quarter-finalists at Italia 90.
2022 World Cup Cameroon squad
Cameroon announced their World Cup squad on 10 November, excluding long-serving centre-back Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui as coach Rigobert Song named his 26-man squad.
The coach also included two home players – Souaibou Marou and Jerome Ngom – who had won their first caps just hours earlier in a friendly against Jamaica.
The team will be captained by Vincent Aboubakar, who competed in the 2010 World Cup as a teenager and again in Brazil in 2014, when Cameroon last appeared in the final.
It will also be a third World Cup for defender Nicolas Nkoulou, 32, and Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Nkoulou made a comeback to the team in September after a five-year absence, having retired after they won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.