2022-11-24 15:56:36

FIFA World Cup: Embolo refuses to celebrate goal against his land of birth

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Born in Cameroon but playing for Switzerland, of course Breel Embolo would score when those two countries met at the World Cup.

Embolo promised he wouldn't celebrate if he scored for the Swiss team against his country of birth on Thursday, and he kept his word. It turned out to be the only goal of the match as Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0.

I would have liked him to be on my side, said Cameroon coach Rigobert Song, who played in four World Cups for his home country, but that's not the way it went.

The crowd waited and watched for Embolo's reaction after he scored his 12th goal for Switzerland in the 48th-minute off a low pass from Xherdan Shaqiri.

He stood still in the goalmouth and first held his arms out wide, then raised his hands in a gesture of apology. He put his hands over his month as if realizing how profound the moment was as his Swiss teammates rushed toward him near the penalty spot.

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