Hello and welcome to Sportstars live coverage of the FIFA World Cup match between Switzerland and Cameroon.
Switzerland XI: Yann Sommer (TG), Silvan Widmer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Breel Embolo, Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez, Djibril Sow, Ruben Vargas, Xherdan Shaqiri.
Cameroon XI: Andre Onana (GK), Nicolas Nkoulou, Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguissa, Karl Toko Ekambi, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Samuel Oum Gouet, Martin Hongla, Collins Fai, Bryan Mbeumo, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Nouhou Tolo.
This is the first encounter between Switzerland and Cameroon. It is also only the second time that Switzerland have met African opponents at a FIFA World Cup – they beat Togo 2-0 in the group stage of the 2006 edition of the quadrennial tournament.
Switzerland will hope for early points in a difficult Group G when they meet Cameroon in Thursday’s World Cup opener after a year of solid performances on the European stage.
The Swiss reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 before losing to Spain on penalties. It also finished its World Cup qualifying group ahead of Italy to avoid the playoffs.
With Granit Xhaka in midfield and Xherdan Shaqiri on the flank, Switzerland should dominate Cameroon and at least put the other group opponents Serbia and favorites Brazil under pressure.
The biggest question mark is between the posts. Coach Murat Yakin has nominated four goalkeepers due to injury concerns for regular player Yann Sommer and substitute Jonas Omlin and has called up Philipp Kohn from RB Salzburg as one of two newcomers to the squad.
Although Cameroon are considered the least likely side in the group to reach the round of 16, the attacking prowess of the likes of Napoli’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has the potential to shake the Swiss defence.
But Cameroon – taking part in their eighth World Cup, a record number of appearances for an African nation – have not left their mark at the finals since the tournament was held in 1990 when they excelled by reaching the quarter-finals.
The Indomitable Lions have been eliminated in the group stages of every World Cup they have attended since their triumphs in 1990, winning just one in 15 games.
Cameroon are aiming for at least one more World Cup win this time around, a task that could prove difficult for a side who qualified thanks to an injury-time goal at the end of extra time in the second leg of the play-off game against Algeria.
Switzerland vs Cameroon: Kick-off, TV broadcast and live streaming details
When will the game between Switzerland and Cameroon kick off?
The game between Switzerland and Cameroon starts on November 24, 2022 at 15:30 IST.
Where will the Switzerland vs Cameroon game kick off?
The game between Switzerland and Cameroon will be kicked off at the Al-Janoub Stadium.
Where can you watch the World Cup in India?
All FIFA World Cup matches are streamed live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. The tournament will be streamed live on JioCinema on Android and iOS.