A very contradictory feeling gripped Breel Embolo. The Swiss striker scored his first goal at a World Cup against Cameroon, the country where he was born. After a collective action, the Monegasque deceived André Onana from the heart of the penalty area to open the mark. As if taken with a start the moment the ball hit the net, the Swiss contained his joy and a slight pout appeared on his face.
Embolo gestured apologetically. The former Mönchengladbach player was born in Yaoundé, the majority of his family and many of his friends live in Cameroon. He had announced his reaction to L’Equipe in the event of a goal: “Of course, I’m not going to celebrate. Or else I’ll try not to celebrate. But it’s a sport of emotion, it wouldn’t be against my native country. »
The emotion was palpable. Embolo hesitated for months between the Swiss and Cameroonian selections. He arrived at the age of four among the Helvetians before obtaining his Swiss passport at fourteen. The player trained in Basel even revealed that he “had the opportunity to go with Cameroon to the World Cup”. He finally discovered it in 2018 with the Nati before opening his goal counter this Thursday.
The physical attacker has unlocked a very complicated situation for Switzerland, very annoyed by the indomitable Lions who are struggling to shine in the last gesture. He then gave way to Haris Seferovic, surely with the feeling of accomplishment. But without outpouring of joy.