Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Key events

24 minutes: Cameroon send the ball to Mbuemo on the right, he cuts in and looks like he’s going to shoot, but Switzerland closes him down. The attack earned Cameroon a corner. Mbuemo sends it into the box but misses everything.

22 minutes: Switzerland take a little risk at the back with a few short passes. Elvedi doesn’t put enough pace on his backpass to Sommer who only gets to the ball a fraction of a second before Mbuemo and returns it to his centre-back.

20 minutes: A few crosses are sent to the frame and deleted. The ball comes to Xhaka who wants to knock the ball over the top, but he passed a little too much and the ball goes into the goal.

18 minutes: “Thank you for the wonderful coverage of sunny climbs. (Living room?),” asks Bill Hargreaves. I am definitely here, with my very messy desk. “Maybe it’s my fault, but I can’t see Roger Milla’s name on the team list. Is this a typing error?”

He had to rest to make sure he could collect his award from Infantino before the match.

16 minutes: Switzerland seem very keen to get crosses into the box. It’s just going to cause too much trouble, but it seems like a cunning plan.

15 minutes: Choupo-Moting beats Akanji to the ball in midfield, allowing him to slot the ball home. The Manchester City defender drops back to put him under pressure, meaning the shot lacks power, allowing Sommer to get down and stop it.

14 minutes: Vargas works a step across and lowers his shoulder on the left before curling a low cross into the corridor of uncertainty, but there is no Swiss player in sight, allowing Cameroon to clear. Moments later Shaqiri slips a pass to Embolo in the area but it is bundled away. Not that it really matters because he’s offside.

12 minutes: Xhaka decides to let fly from 30 yards but sends the ball very high over the bar and then shouts at his teammates for some reason.

10 minutes: Two chances for Cameroon. A long pass through the Swiss defense is chased by Mbuemo, he comes and shoots straight at Sommer. The rebound falls to the feet of Toko-Ekambi, but he deflects the ball from 10 yards.

Karl Toko Ekambi misses an early chance for Cameroon.
Karl Toko Ekambi misses an early chance for Cameroon. Photo: Marko Đurica/Reuters

8 minutes: Cameroon launched their first quasi-attack of the game, earning a free kick about 35 meters from goal. Mbuemo takes it but fails to beat the first man and the danger is quickly averted.

6 minutes: Embolo rolls a defender and plays to Shaqiri, who swings into the danger area on the right, but there is no one in red to meet him. There is, however, the man in green doing his best to help Switzerland by cutting his takedown attempt, but Onana is there to catch him.

4 minutes: There is no shortage of shade on the field, which is a little annoying. There is a bit of noise in the stands, but not too much because of the healthy amount of empty seats we can see from the side.

Switzerland's Breel Embolo receives the ball with his chest under pressure from Nicolas Nkoulou.
Switzerland’s Breel Embolo receives the ball with his chest under pressure from Nicolas Nkoulou. Photo: Marko Đurica/Reuters

2 minutes: A positive start by the Swiss who quickly moved the ball up the field and won a corner. Shaqiri swings in from the right, it’s low to the near post and causes a bit of a stir before Cameroon clears it.

Start the game

Peep! Peep! Peep! Let’s go!

Germany’s reaction to yesterday’s defeat by Japan.

It sounds and looks like the stadium is half empty. Not what the organizers would have wanted for this group match. I’m sure it will blow up the attendance numbers.

Carney is a huge fan of Anguissa, as am I. Maybe we should be friends.

Roger Milla receives confirmation from Infantino on the pitch. I hope it goes on his wall. Too bad I had to meet Infantino.

The Guardian’s Karen Carney is currently on ITV. She is backing Brazil to win the tournament. Her thoughts on England v USA will be released later today.

One of the greats interviewed one of the greats.

“My Favorite Early Beginning Story,” says Gerry Scott, “it was when Ronaldinho was playing for Barcelona and they asked for the match to be moved due to international commitments. That was rejected, so they postponed the match until 00:05.”

Peter Oh emails: “I feel like I have something in common with Dani Alves because I love football and they don’t pay me either.”

I am also here as a volunteer.

Shots and goals.

Looking forward to seeing Djibril Sow for Switzerland. Nottingham Forest were very interested in the Eintracht Frankfurt player this summer, so we’ll find out what they missed out on.

Initial lineups

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Summer; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodríguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolus

Cameroon (4-3-3): Onana; Tolo, Nkoulou, Castelletto, Fai; Gouet, Hongla, Zambo Anguissa; Mbeumo, Choupo-Moting, Toko Ekambi.

Cameroon entered the stadium singing and dancing. You don’t get that from the Swiss.

Sid Lowe had a little chat with Dani Alves. Brazil play later today…

It seems very strange to work minute by minute at this time of day. The match starts at 10am GMT. When was the first time you attended a professional football game? I remember Man City once played Everton at 11.30am (or something like that).

What’s happening at the World Cup today? Let the Guardian tell you…

Louise Taylor wrote about former Liverpool and West Ham defender Rigobert Song, who is now the Cameroon coach.

Hello!

There are some great strikers entering the World Cup race today: Brazil, the unemployed Cristiano Ronaldo, to name just two. However, there are few strikers as big as Xherdan Shaqiri’s calves. The Swiss international has 109 appearances in his 31 years. Experience is the main theme of this Swiss team; there are three players with a century of international appearances, not to mention Haris Seferović at 98 and 33-year-old Yann Sommer. This helped them defeat France at the Euros to reach the quarter-finals. They made it out of the group at the previous two World Cups, so they’ll go into this one feeling relatively confident.

Obviously, the fact that Brazil is also in Group G makes this a must-win game for Switzerland and Cameroon. The Africans are not at their historic best, but there is plenty of quality throughout the side. From Andre Onana in net to the in-form Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting at the other end of the pitch, Cameroon can give most teams a game of the day. They finished third in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, so they know how to progress in the tournament. They arrive in Qatar ranked 43rd in the world, 28th below Switzerland, which is a small indication of the difference between these two teams, but I don’t think the difference is as big as Gianni Infantino’s boffins think.

Let’s hope for a decent game that will get Group G off to a good start.

Start: 10:00 GMT