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In an uncommon admission, Cameroon coach Rigobert Music stated he was “proud” of the participant who despatched his staff to a 1-0 defeat of their first Group G recreation on the World Cup.
Swiss Breel Embolo scored an emotional purpose in opposition to his native nation within the Minute 48 of a good match and, as an indication of respect, he refused to have a good time.
Music was seen speaking to Embolo after the match at Al Janoub Stadium and stated he supplied his congratulations.
“We all know one another, he’s my little brother,” Music stated.
“We regularly communicate to one another on the cellphone and I needed to congratulate him. It is truthful recreation to take action. Simply because we’re on completely different groups does not imply we’re not brothers.”
Music added that regardless of the end result, he was glad that Monaco striker Embolo had scored a purpose on the World Cup.
“He did not have a good time his purpose, however that is all a part of soccer,” stated the 47-year-old, who was appointed by the Indomitable Lions initially of this yr.
“I am blissful for him and pleased with him. He is within the Swiss nationwide staff and I’d have favored him to be on my facet, however that is life.”
Embolo, 25, was born in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, earlier than transferring to Europe on the age of six and acquired Swiss citizenship in 2014.
“For us a very powerful factor is how we play on the pitch. [and] what we may have completed higher, as an alternative of worrying about who was scoring targets for us,” stated former Liverpool defender Music.
Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer stated he was grateful Embolo wore Swiss colours and praised the ahead for all the time being there when wanted.
“I am very blissful that he is taking part in for us,” Sommer stated. “That is why we received at the moment.” he stated.
The Indomitable Lions, ranked forty third on this planet, had the very best of the primary half and created possibilities, however could not discover the identical spark within the second half.
Solely a last-minute intervention by Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguissa prevented Embolo’s second purpose and Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana, making his World Cup debut, made a terrific save to maintain Ruben Vargas out.
Cameroon, who certified for the event with a dramatic late win over Algeria in away targets, has misplaced eight straight World Cup video games.
That undesirable streak dates again to the 2002 version in Japan and South Korea, and is only one recreation away from matching Mexico’s report of 9 straight losses.
Music stated his staff’s low rating meant nothing earlier than the event, however Cameroon’s eighth look within the World Cup ultimate dangers being one other temporary one with video games in opposition to Serbia and five-time champions Brazil to come back. .
“It is a feeling of disappointment. We needed extra, however soccer at this stage is set by small particulars,” Music stated.
“There was a brief break and we conceded a purpose. However we all know something remains to be potential. We nonetheless have two video games to play and we all know we have no extra margin for error.”
Cameroon’s subsequent Group G match is in opposition to Serbia on Monday (10:00 GMT).
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