With tournament heavyweights Brazil expected to comfortably top the pool, this intriguing encounter could be critical in deciding who has the best chance of joining them in the knockout stages.
Cameroon, chasing a first World Cup win since 2002 and playing largely on the counter-attack, created several good first-half chances, with Bryan Mbeumo, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa all forcing Swiss keeper Yann Sommer into saves.
Switzerland, with three Round of 16 finishes in their last four World Cups, should have taken the lead just before the break when Manuel Akanji headed a corner wide from close range.
Switzerland (3-5-2, right to left): 1. Sommer (GK) — 5. Akanji, 4. Elvedi 13. Rodriguez — 3. Widmer, 17. Vargas, 10. Xhaka, 8. Freuler, 15. Sow — 23. Shaqiri, 7. Embolo
Cameroon (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Onana (GK) — 19. Fai, 21. Castelletto, 3. N’Koulou, 25. Tolo — 18. Hongla 14. Gouet, 8. Anguissa — 20. Mbeumo, 12. Ekambi 13. Choupo-Moting
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84th min: Switzerland are claiming the ball hit the arm of Cameroon’s Gael Ondoua in the area, but he didn’t know much about that. No penalty. Correct call. In the aftermath Swiss defender Manuel Akanji picks up a yellow card for a late challenge.
72nd min: Triple substitution for the Swiss. Haris Seferovic, Noah Okafor and Fabian Frei are on, as Shaqiri, Embolo and Sow depart. Will Embolo’s goal prove to be the winner, or can Cameroon find an equalizer?
62nd min: Choupo-Moting looking a bit deflated as he tries to find an opening before reluctantly laying it off to a team-mate. Switzerland then break out swiftly, but Cameroon are swiftly back on the attack but Martin Hongla is too isolated. End to end at the moment.
57th min: Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting weaves his way into the Swiss penalty area and cuts inside Manuel Akanji on the byline, but then opts to go for goal himself from a ridiculously tight angle, making it an easy save for Yann Sommer. Really needed to cut it back for a team-mate there.
54th min: That goal must have been a sickener for Cameroon after their promising first-half display. But they are responding well here, stretching the Swiss defence.
48th min: Told you! GOAL TO SWITZERLAND! Lovely move finds its way to Xherdan Shaqiri on the right, and his first-time cross finds Breel Embolo in splendid isolation in the middle. The Monaco striker side-foots it home with his right foot.
46th min: We’re back under way at the Al Janoub Stadium. I don’t want to worry you, but my last three World Cup games have all finished 0-0. But surely goals in this one…
45th min+1: Huge chance for Switzerland! Manuel Akanji, on the edge of the six-yard box, rises all alone to meet a corner from the left but the Manchester City defender can only glance his header wide of the right-hand post. Big let-off for Cameroon.
41st min: The closest Switzerland have come to scoring as Nico Elvedi gets his head to Reuben Vargas’s corner but it drifts narrowly wide of the left post. Close!
40th min: Breel Embolo races into the Swiss box and is just about to pull the trigger but defender Jean-Charles Castelletto times his tackle to perfection. Corner.
34th min: Cameroon straight back on the attack as Martin Hongla crosses from the right, but Swiss defender Sylvan Widmer does enough to knock Karl Toko Ekambi out of his stride as he tries to get on the end of it.
33rd min: Switzerland weaving some pretty patterns in midfield now, Ruben Vargas releasing Sylvan Widmer to the right byline. The full-back whips in a dangerous cross but Cameroon get it clear.
29th min: More enterprising play from the Indomitable Lions, with Mbeumo playing a one-two with Choupo-Moting before slipping a pass inside for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, whose shot is saved by Yann Sommer.
23rd min: Flowing build-up from Cameroon, with Bryan Mbeumo cutting inside from the right flank and weaving his way past several defenders into the area. The Swiss are forced to concede a corner, but nothing comes of it.
14th min: Cameroon looking to spring Choupo-Moting at every opportunity on the counter-attack and the Bayern striker is haring through on goal. But Manuel Akanji does just enough to put him off his stride and his left-foot effort lacks the power to trouble Swiss keeper Yann Sommer. Again, the better option might have been a pass to Mbeumo in the middle.
10th min: First chance of the game! Bryan Mbeumo races onto a lovely through ball into the Swiss penalty area. It’s a difficult angle but the Brentford man hits a decent shot that Yann Sommer beats away. Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting was screaming for a pass in the middle…
6th min: Opportunity for Cameroon to sling a free-kick into the box. Bryan Mbeumo swings it in but the Swiss clear with some comfort. A pretty cagey opening so far.
3rd min: Xherdan Shaqiri, playing in in fourth World Cup for Switzerland, has started on the right flank, but clearly has a licence to roam. The 31-year-old is the top scorer in the Swiss squad, with 26 international goals to his name.
10 mins from kickoff: Nice moment out on the pitch as Cameroon legend Roger Milla receives an award as the oldest player to have scored a goal at a World Cup – at the grand old age of 42 in 1994. Imagine that.
15 mins from kickoff: Imagine the tension in the dressing room now as the final messages are being delivered. Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song, the most capped player in his nation’s history, might be saying something along the lines of ‘Keep your discipline, don’t lose your heads’.
Song is the only player, along with a certain Zinedine Zidane, to have been sent off in two different World Cups – first as a 17-year-old against Brazil in 1998, then again against Chile four years later.
30 mins from kickoff: Cameroon famously made it to the quarterfinals in 1990 after stunning defending champions Argentina in the opening game. This will be their eighth World Cup – more than any other African nation – but their recent record at the tournament is poor.
The Indomitable Lions have won just one of their last 15 matches dating back to 1994, and begin this campaign hoping to avoid an eight-game losing streak at the finals stretching back to 2002, when they beat Saudi Arabia. Is this the day that miserable sequence ends?
45 mins from kickoff: And here is the Switzerland team. First-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer is fit after an ankle injury and in-form Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka captains the side.
Striker Haris Seferovic, a key player in recent years, starts on the bench after struggling for form at club level this season, with former Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri joining Breel Embolo up front.
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1hr from kickoff: The Cameroon team is out. Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting captains the side, and will be joined in attack by Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi and Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo, a recent recruit for the Indomitable Lions.
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1 hr 15 mins from kickoff: This is one of seven matches – including one in the round of 16 – taking place at the Al Janoub Stadium, in Al Wahrah on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The stadium’s design was inspired by the sails of traditional Dhow boats, used by pearl divers from the region. The bowed beams which hold up the roof resemble a ship’s hull.
1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: This will be the first ever meeting between Switzerland and Cameroon, and only the second time the Swiss have faced African opposition at a World Cup. They beat Togo 2-0 back in 2006.
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Striker Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, 33, is one of the few Cameroonian players competing at the top level with their club. His six goals in 10 matches for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich makes him an immediate eye-catcher in this side.
Bryan Mbeumo is also a fascinating inclusion. After coming through the youth ranks with the French team, a meeting with Samuel Eto’o led to him declaring his allegiance to Cameroon just three months before the World Cup.
Mbeumo has brought a great deal of excitement to the Premier League since he was promoted with Brentford in 2021. Will Cameroon’s newly adopted attacker provide a spark in Qatar?
The Swiss national team is hard to picture without the dancing feet of Xherdan Shaqiri. His 109 caps and 26 goals make him their third most capped player. He has also scored four goals at World Cups. Three of them came in the same game.
Also in stellar Premier League form is ball-playing centre-back, Fabian Schär. He will want to make the same impact at the World Cup as he has with Newcastle United.
3 hrs from kickoff: Cameroon coach, Rigobert Song, is also the most capped player in Cameroon history. He featured in four World Cups as a player for Cameroon, in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.
In 2010, Song lined up next to Nicolas Nkoulou, Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, all of whom feature in Cameroon’s 2022 World Cup squad under his stewardship.
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3.5 hrs from kickoff: Interestingly, Group G at this World Cup is almost identical to Group E from the 2018 tournament, with Switzerland, Brazil and Serbia all in the same group in Russia. The only exception is Cameroon, who failed to qualify for that tournament.
In 2018, it was Brazil and Switzerland who qualified for the knockout stages. Can Cameroon announce their return to the World Cup by snatching a ticket to the round of 16?
Switzerland progressed to the knockout stages in both their most recent World Cup outings, falling to Argentina (2014) and Sweden (2016) in round of 16 clashes. In Euro 2020 they went one step further and famously knocked out France to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost on penalties to Spain.
Cameroon return to the World Cup stage after their absence in 2018. They begin this campaign hoping to avoid an eight-game losing streak at World Cup finals, tracing back to 2002.
5 hrs from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Group G clash between Switzerland and Cameroon. Keeping up with all the World Cup action so far? The games are coming thick and fast, and this one has the potential to be an exciting clash of styles as the well-drilled Swiss go up against the intent and energy of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Stay tuned for all the updates!
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Switzerland confirmed lineup (3-5-2, right to left): 1. Sommer (GK) — 5. Akanji, 4. Elvedi 13. Rodriguez — 3. Widmer, 17. Vargas, 10. Xhaka, 8. Freuler, 15. Sow — 23. Shaqiri, 7. Embolo
Switzerland’s first-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer suffered an ankle injury in early October but played the full 90 minutes in the recent friendly defeat to Ghana and has been passed fit to start. Striker Haris Seferovic, who has proved key in recent years for his national side, has struggled for form at club level this season and has to settle for a place on the bench with Xherdan Shaqiri joining Breel Embolo up front.
Cameroon confirmed lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 23. Onana (GK) — 19. Fai, 21. Castelletto, 3. N’Koulou, 25. Tolo — 18. Hongla 14. Gouet, 8. Anguissa — 20. Mbeumo, 12. Ekambi 13. Choupo-Moting
Cameroon are one of few teams in Qatar without any notable injuries – and they’ll be hoping that luck continues throughout the tournament. Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting captains the side, and will be joined in attack by Karl Toko Ekambi and Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo, a recent recruit to the Indomitable Lions.
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